The ping-pong game for transatlantic chosen by FCA has started with all seriousness. The 500 was bought by Fiat for North America fist, and then the Journey was sent by Dodge in the opposite direction to be named Fiat Freemont. Then came the transformation of Alfa Romeo Giulietta into Dodge Dart by Dodge after it was enlarged and given a sedan body style.
Now the Dart has been taken by Fiat and de-Dodged, added attractive features and was shown at the Istanbul auto show as the Aegea project for Middle Easter, European and African market. The debut of Aegea at Istanbul makes sense, and the vehicle will be assembled in Bursa, Turkey by Tofas. The major stock of the company is being held jointly by FCA and Koc Holdings and the facility at Bursa mostly manufacture commercial vehicles of Fiat. Other vehicles built there include the Fiat-based Peugeot Bipper, Opel Combo, and Citroën Nemo.
For the outside markets, the old crosshair design trademark grille of Dodge has been ditched to favor a contemporary toothy designed piece, and the racetrack taillights have been dumped in favor of a more stylized and distinct looking rear lights. The power bulge on the hood has been retained through and was reversed by a crease emerging from the roof, showing more Italian psyche. Aegea’s dash is fundamental Dart, which also retains the UConnect info system, and the workmanship appears more adult as the car’s width is surrounded by silver strip which is wing-like.
For Aegea, there is a couple of gasoline and diesel engine options offering between 94 and 118 horses and supported by either manual or automatic transmission depending on your choice. According to Fiat, the Aegea is a “Born Sedan” and of course it will be true if we agree the Dart as the sole parent and side step the Giulietta inheritance.