Automakers look for extreme locations to test new models before introduction.
But for its new Panda 4x4, Fiat took developmental testing to new heights: the Mount Everest advance base camp, 5,200 meters high.
Two Panda 4x4s started from Katmandu, Nepal, and covered 110km of gravel roads to Kodari on the border with Tibet. They passed through the 5km-high Tangula pass to the monastery at Rongbuck.
After a few more kilometers of extremely difficult terrain, the Pandas became the first small off-road vehicles to reach the base camp.