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June 24, 2003

EXCLUSIVE: BRAZIL: Fiat establishes vehicle development centre to fully design new models

Fiat do Brasil has begun building a vehicle development centre in Betim city, Minas Gerais state, near its car factory, writes Rogério Louro. Fiat is investing 400 million reais (about $US130 million) to build the centre in Brazil.

By bcusack

Fiat do Brasil has begun building a vehicle development centre in Betim city, Minas Gerais state, near its car factory, writes Rogério Louro.

Fiat is investing 400 million reais (about $US130 million) to build the centre in Brazil.

“With the vehicle development centre in Brazil we will be more agile creating new cars and we will be more self-sufficient from Italy. The centre will be the most modern in Latin America and we will have everthing to completely develop a car”, said Fiat do Brasil director of engineering Appio Aguiari.

The development centre will have a design studio, engineering laboratories and prototype and experimental model shops. Fiat expects all departments to be operational in 2006.

“We will be able to develop a vehicle 100% in Brazil and expect to do so in the medium term,” Appio Aguiari added.

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