Fiat to export more than 90% of its Serbian car production through Montenegro

Article by Christian A., on February 26, 2012

Over 90% of Fiat’s car production in Serbia will be exported through the port of Bar in Montenegro. It will start serial production of the 500L in Serbia during the second quarter. Fiat produces the Punto subcompact in Serbia. In the first year, a total of 90,000 Fiat cars will be shipped through the port of Bar.

There will be a gradual increase to 200,000 vehicles in three years, according to Montenegro's transportation ministry. In addition, this port will manage the imports of auto components from Italy for the Fiat plant in Serbia. The agreement was inked last Thursday in Bar between Fiat's shipper Grimaldi Group and Montecargo AD, which is the local provider of rail cargo services in Luka Bar. 

This factory in Serbia is a joint venture between Fiat and the Serbian government. This was created when Fiat took over the now defunct Zastava Automobili in Kragujevac, central Serbia, to become the 67% owner of Fiat Automobili Srbija. The five-door 500L will start selling in the fourth quarter in Europe and in early 2013 in the U.S. market.

This high-roofed 500L will join the retro-styled 500 range, which will then have four models. The 500L will replace the present Idea and Multipla models in Fiat's lineup. At the upcoming Geneva show, Fiat will display a production-ready version of the 500L.

Fiat 500L is cool, comfortable, and functional. It expresses a distinctive look with a dash of Italian style, while also interpreting the carmaker’s ability to conceptualize and design vehicles that are innovative in form and substance. This substance turns into a "space-efficient" concept that is a distinguishing mark for history’s most innovative Fiats.

The Fiat 500L is the carmaker’s new interpretation of the “Simply More” principle that has been applied to the concept of Multispace. It was the 600 Multipla that was the forerunner of this compact people carrier concept. The 500L emotionally reformulates this compact cars category for the modern family by developing some of the stylistic details of the 500s in unprecedented forms.

Additionally, the Fiat 500L’s recognizable features are expressed by a design that excludes taut lines and edges in favor of "gentler" forms, which refer to a non-aggressive object conveying charm and foretelling a harmonious layout for urban environment and landscape.

When you look at the new Fiat 500L, you will see that the car design’s iconic nature, specifically its personality and its force, forms a real matrix for the entire project. The car was created in the context of the Fiat B segment platform. It is an innovative car that addresses a broader and more diversified customer base and aims to set higher standards of available on-board comfort and space. This results to a highly functional vehicle that is able to "converse" with users and that offers a quality that users are sure to appreciate through the years.

One peculiarity that the 500L pursued since its early packaging planning stage is greater interior volume, which was achieved through the meticulous compacting of mechanical elements that are shared by engineers and designers.

The vehicle architecture’s general lines follow "cab forward" principles, wherein the body and bonnet section is reduced for more interior space. However, it is the 500L design’s "empathetic" vocation that boosts its overall ergonomics.

Topics: fiat, production, export

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