BELGRADE -- Fiat S.p.A. may start full production of its new model in Serbia in May or June next year after technical tests of the car, seen as a possible successor to the the Idea and Lancia Musa models.
The model is intended mainly for the European markets, including Russia, said Antonio Cesare Ferrara, head of Fiat Automobili Srbija, Fiat's joint venture with the Serbian government.
"In a later stage it may also be offered in the United States, but primarily Europe," Ferrara told reporters on Wednesday at the FAS plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, once home to the now defunct Zastava carmaker known for making Yugo subcompacts in the 1980s.
Production capacity at the plant located about 110 km (68 miles) from the capital Belgrade, is projected at up to 250,000 units a year, "but the actual volume will, of course, depend on demand," Ferrara said.
The new Fiat car, code named "L-zero," is described as a B-segment, five-seater of between 4.1 meters (13.5 feet) to 4.25 meters in length in its basic version.