- 400 hours at the wheel for journo
- 11 days spent along Trans-Siberia track
- Bog-standard car, say Fiat builders
TURIN, Italy – A standard Fiat Tipo has completed an amazing journey of 41 000km – the same distance as the earth’s circumference at the equator – in 133 days, visiting 22 countries and 122 cities.
The team started from the Fiat satellite factory in Bursa, Turkey, the car was driven by journalist Okan Altan and, Fiat says, had no technical preparations.
The first stages of the world tour were in Europe: from Turkey the little red four-door travelled through Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine before entering Russia to follow the transcontinental Trans-Siberian Railway tracks for 11 hours a day for eight days.
The journey then continued through Japan to the seaport city of Yokohama for loading on to a ship bound for Mexico and the United States where “a bureaucratic error” caused an 11-day wait before crossing the American continent to be loaded about another ship bound for a 40-day cruise to Great Britain.
400 HOURS’ DRIVING
From there the car set off to cross 14 European countries, among them The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
The Fiat Tipo World Tour ended with the return home of the car and its intrepid driver whose 400 hours behind the wheel enabled him to appreciate the Tipo’s reliability and comfort on surfaces that including some of the world’s most treacherous and through the most adverse climates and weather conditions.
The Fiat Tipo hatch and sedan will be launched in South Africa in May 2017 with a choice of 1.3, 1.4 or 1.6 fuel-injected engines, each with a choice of manual or auto transmission.