Last year top official from Fiat India was quoted by a newspaper talking about the next generation Fiat Linea. The Punto-based C-Segment sedan will sit on the same platform and likely to hold Multi-air technology.
Now Chinese blogosphere is abuzz with updates on the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture which will start manufacturing cars next year. The first vehicle from the combine is said to be the next generation Linea. Dealership network strength will be boosted from 34 to 100 next year to cope with the change in strategy. Fiat will also put the 500 on sale this year (CBU route) and introduce a special '500 by Gucci' next year in China. At the moment, the Italian car maker operates through the CBU route.