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As the dollar weakens, European manufacturers continue to scramble for manufacturing opportunities offshore to salvage profits. Fiat is the latest to jump into the fray. Company sources are saying the Italian automaker is currently considering Mexico as a production site -- with their eyes on an existing plant that could be tooled up for 150,000 cars a year. With their Alfa Romeo brand launching in the United States next year, and Fiat sales up significantly in South America, a plant in centrally-located Mexico could easily supply demand for both markets. If approved, the Mexican plant would start building Alfa Romeos and Fiats in 2011.

[Source: Automotive News, subs. req'd]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know if I would buy an Alfa Romeo made in Mexico. When you're buying a luxury car, you're paying a premium for something made in the US or Europe. I don't know if I would buy from a car company that charges high prices while exploiting cheap labor in Mexico.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I can't wait to be able to buy a new US spec Alfa, but there's just something wrong about it being built in Mexico, no offense to Mexico or its citizen workers. It's just that Alfa, like Ferrari, embodies so much the essence of Italy, that it being made anywhere but, dilutes the principle of the brand. Can you imagine a Ferrari being built anywhere but Italy? Ultimately, if they are well built and we can get them here at a competitive price I probably won't care after I get behind the wheel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, talk about the worst of both worlds. These things won't make it out of your driveway without something falling off!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fiat, please.

      Focus more on being able to even sell a car in the United States first. Your cars may be selling like hotcakes in Europe, but all I've been seeing is vaporcars for the past few years from you guys.

      Then worry about building a plant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My VW Golf was assembled in Mexico and it's been pretty solid for ten long years. Obviously if you combine strict standards and hardworking employees you will be fine.

      • 7 Years Ago
      It's amazing that Fiat would even think about this. It's common knowledge that the build quality of Fiat products continues to be atrocious, so to exacerbate that by building the things in Mexico just boggles the mind!
        • 7 Years Ago
        To Sam:

        Common knowledge. Why don't you let the common knowledge of those posting around you, people in other parts of world who actually own modern Fiats, make the call. You're living in the past and hanging on to old stereotypes. Still afraid of the Russian Commi threat?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Must be a redneck driving around in an old (or new) rusty, smoke belching Chevy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Magifico! Fiat, why not bring over the Mi To for starters...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good idea. then maybe Fiat won't be losing so much money becaseu of cheaper costs of production. And it would also be nice if the could make this alfa for sale in America. that would be absolutely marvelous
      • 7 Years Ago
      is Alfa Romeo coming back to US or what?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would kill for an 8C Competizione.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'll never ever be able to afford that Alfa. That thing is beautiful. But on the other hand, if Fiat decides to start selling the Abarth 500 in the US, I'll step up, but only if they make it a giant killer like the original Abarths.
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