I am going to go out on a limb here ( but alas, that is where you find the fruit) and say this car, the new FIAT VIAGGIO is living proof that the Chinese auto market is more important than the U.S. one. Ok, maybe that’s not such a stretch, it is a fact that everyone in the auto industry has seen coming like the people of Fargo see winter coming. But this is proof. Made exclusively for the Chinese Market, this is an important car for Fiat’s export business. Like it? You can drive it here in the U.S. as the new Dodge Dart, but of course the Dodge version doesn’t look this good. And that’s the catch: at Chrysler/Fiat they figure Americans will buy a name resurrected from the past, but they know the Chinese demand beauty. And so while we are handed a nice compact car with the corporate Dodge cross on the grill and somewhat muddled styling, the denizens of the new world power get this sleek Euro compact with a distinctly Italian accent. And I have to say, that no matter how nice the new Dart is, this looks better. Full stop. Now, I have been routinely accused in letters as being anti-American, and down on the U.S. auto industry. And that just isn’t true. Not that I feel that I have to defend myself ( these letters usually end with ” Ford Rules!” or “Denali forever!” or some such bullshit), but the fact is, I like having the pick of the litter. If a car has various international versions, I want the coolest. The best, the most beautiful. And that goes for American cars as well. The Dodge Dart will do fine here, but a Fiat Viaggio would give the driver a certain cache on the streets of L.A. the Dart will never achieve. That’s all.
The Vehiclist ” Fiat Rules!”