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Fiat Ottimo hits the China car market

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The new Fiat Ottimo has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 108.800 yuan and ends at 158.800 yuan ($17.500 – 25.600). The Fiat Ottimo is a China-only hatchback based on the Fiat Viaggio sedan, it debuted in November last year on the Guangzhou Auto Show.

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Fiat is also working on a Ottimo Sport which will be launched late this year, likely on the 2014 edition of the Guangzhou Auto Show.

The Ottimo is powered by a 1.4 turbo T-Jet engine in two different tunes: 120hp or 150hp, both mated to a 5-speed manual or a DCT. The Ottimo will be marketed as a sporty thingy aimed at young first-car buyers in first and second tier cities. The Viaggio is aimed at more traditional buyers who believe a car ain’t no car if it ain’t no sedan.

The Viaggio sedan and Ottimo hatchback are made in China by the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture. The Viaggio is basically the same car as the Italian-American Dodge Dart. Fiat is also working on a Viaggio cross-wagon which will debut late next year. The wagon will spawn a Dodge variant, the hatchback most probably not.

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