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Viaggio production begins next Thursday

by Bill Cawthon on

Next Thursday, July 5, Fiat Viaggio, a clone of the new Dodge Dart for China, goes into production at the new Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC)-Fiat plant in Changsha, Hunan province in southeastern China.

The Viaggio made its Chinese-market debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Using the same Alfa Romeo-derived CUSW platform as the Dart, the Viaggio got a mild restyle in Fiat’s design studios in Turin, Italy.

Current plans call for Chinese dealers to begin receiving shipments in the third quarter.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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