FIAT to reveal newest product this week
When FIAT was reintroduced onto the U.S. market, consumers didn't really know what to expect. Consumers shopping for a new or used FIAT 500 Lounge near Schaumburg are attracted to the style and maneuverability that the compact exterior has to offer. But of course, the two commercial spots featured during this year's Super Bowl helped spark interest in the Italian brand as well.
So what's next for FIAT? What can FIAT fans look forward to within the next few years? Unfortunately for us here in the United States, FIAT's newest plans don't involve the U.S. market. FIAT will preview the new Viaggio at the Beijing International Auto Show this week, and is expected to be a huge hit. Consumers shopping for a 2012 FIAT 500 will have to admire from afar.
The FIAT Vaggio is a four-door, five-passenger model based on the CUSW (Compact US Wide) architecture, which was originally developed for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The model will be the only car in its segment that will offer turbo-charged engines: two versions of the 1.4L Tjet - one that produces 120 horsepower and another that produces 150 horsepower. Both engine options will be paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or the latest Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDTC) developed by FIAT Powertrain.But those aren't the only details that make the Vaggio irresistible to those who can get their hands on it. The new sedan will be the first car produced in the new Gac-FIAT World Class Manufacturing Plant in Changsha, Hunan province. Chinese consumers should see the finished products in dealership lots by the end of the year. As far as the U.S. is concerned, we will have to wait a bit longer before we see anything of the sort on our side of the world.