2013 Guangzhou Auto Show: Fiat Ottimo, A Five Door Dodge Dart, Debuts

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff
2013 guangzhou auto show fiat ottimo a five door dodge dart debuts

Fiat debuted the Ottimo at the 2013 Guangzhou Auto show. The five-door hatchback is based on the same platform as the Dodge Dart and Fiat Viaggio sedan and it will be assembled alongside the Viaggio by the joint venture between Fiat and Guangzhou Automobile Group, doubling production at that plant in southern China.

The Ottimo will be priced near 100,000 yuan (~$16,400). In addition to the hatch in the back, the Ottimo gets a more aggressive front end than the Viaggio, though the interiors will be more or less identical.

Don’t expect a Dodge version, though Fiat is said to be working on a Viaggio based crossover/tall wagon that will be introduced next year in both Fiat and Dodge variants.

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Nov 23, 2013

    Dodge platform? I remember reading that Fiat dictated which platforms were going to be used by Chrysler. Hmmm?

  • Mjz Mjz on Nov 23, 2013

    With the Dart being less than a stellar success here in N.A., I don't understand why Chrysler wouldn't add this body style to the Dart line-up. The Focus and Mazda3 hatches are very successful, certainly the Dart could use the added sales. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Nov 23, 2013

      The Dart would have been more of a success if the intro hadn't been botched by underpowered engines and lack of auto transmissions. It's relative roominess, handling and styling were done in by the "too slow, no auto" label. Poor first impressions can be deadly.

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  • Bader Hi I want the driver side lights including the bazl and signal
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