• Jan 20, 2009
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This morning's announcement that Chrysler LLC and Fiat S.p.A. have formed a global strategic alliance is exciting news, to say the least. Fiat gets a 35% stake in Chrysler LLC, and the latter gets a life line that should prevent it from entering bankruptcy in the near future. But we're all about product here at Autoblog, and since we expect Chrysler and Fiat to start sharing theirs at some point, we wanted to check out what's in the Italian automaker's line-up. We've assembled a gallery below that takes you through each model currently on sale by Fiat, and also includes the other brands that they own and/or operate like Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo. Don't expect an Italian-powered Viper anytime soon, but there is a good chance that we'll see some of these vehicles in Chrysler showrooms in the U.S. once they're redesigned and meet U.S. safety and emissions standards. So click through the gallery below and let us know in the comments which Fiat you'd most like to see for sale on these shores.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      they should bring back the chrysler conquest. use the mitsubishi evo mivec 4g63 in it. awd turbo make it cheap. would be a great starting platform for people who rice their cars out. and modders alike. as long as its cheaper than the evo i see alot of sales happening. the fiat 500 would be a nice car to have her in the u.s.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They need a basic transportation econo-box not a street racing car. A little car that gets good MPG, has decent reliability, and is utilitarian.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The lineup looks great, and could just be the lineup to save Chrysler; although, in agreement with above posters, that lineup has a crapload of 3/5-door hatchbacks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not very UP TO DATE with Safety & Emissions Regulations in the U.S

      But If you can compare it to the European Safety and Regulations, Then have this :

      EuroNcap Results ( European Crash tests ) :

      Fiat 500 : 5 stars
      Fiat Grand Punto : 5 Stars
      Fiat Bravo : 4 Stars
      Fiat Chroma : 4 Stars ( The Chroma is a STATION-WAGON Bravo )

      most of the rest are 4 stars

      I am also not sure about the Emissions in the US , but if you compare it to the European all the lineup you saw meets the Latest Euro emissions.

      as for Alfaromeo cars they are mostly based on Fiat Platforms and Engines ( The new MiTo is a grand punto ! ) .

      So I don't think it's gonna be a HARD JOB meeting the US standards unless the gap between euro and us spec is huge.
        • 6 Years Ago
        actually, the newest Croma and the Bravo both have 5 stars. Panda and Multipla 3.
        Emissions are the lowest in Europe by average, lower than peugeot/citroen even, who are also in the econocar businness.

        Basically, all Fiats going to the US will have the maximum possible safety rating in Euro Ncap...
      • 6 Years Ago
      What about the Alfas and the Lancias, autoblog?

      I think it's pretty obvious that if Fiat is starting with a something at the US, it's with Alfa Romeo as it is planned for years, not Fiats, which is their economic brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a shocking assortment of small hatchbacks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And an European would look at any US automaker's lineup and go "That is a shocking assortment of massive trucks."

        :) Roll on Fiat!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Neff,
        You should add the Lancia and Alfa brand to this post!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        both companies will have to come a long way in product design to be of benefit.
        Hopefully with tooling savings from global products rather than xDM, some will go to upgrading products.

        Bring on the Alfas!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the 157, could afford a 147 or the MiTo...
      Alfa's designs are the coolest around.
      Fiat badge is the Ford of Italy---boring cars to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Grande Punto is indeed a fine car, as is the Bravo, although there would be no need for the GP in the US if the Bravo came - they are too similar in size. You all seem to want the 500 Abarth, and it is great fun, so why not. The Linea is very fine too. Then there are the Alfas, and this is what Fiat is interested in I believe: outlets for the Alfas and perhaps a few Fiats. There will be no Chrysler badging as this would be stupid. The Fiats are Fiats: good Italian cars with flare. They have brilliant Diesel engines, but also great new petrols on the way - and very soon Fiat's new valve actuation technology will hit the market offering greatly reduced emissions and consumption. That funny green thing is the little Qubo, and this would have a market in the US too I believe, but probably only in the cities of the two coasts.
      Don't iunderestimate Fiat; they build good cars.

      • 6 Years Ago
      So Chrysler will just be an assortment of small hatches, or.....?
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW! AMAZING!

      No one bothered to read the fine print of this deal.

      Apparently, there is only one way to make Chrysler competitive with foreign auto makers in the U.S., and that is to have U.S. taxpayers ante up $7 billion to essentially fund another foreign takeover of Chrysler.

      The Chrysler-Fiat alliance is contingent on $3 billion in additional U.S. government loans to Chrysler. “The alliance does not contemplate that Fiat would make a cash investment in Chrysler or commit to funding Chrysler in the future.”

      There are Fiat’s promises of product and platform sharing and of overseas distribution. And for that, Fiat gets 35% of Cerberus Capital Management’s already worthless equity in Chrysler. Daimler holds 20% that it wants to jettison a.s.a.p. That leaves Cerberus holding 45% equity in a company it doesn't want either. But Fiat also gets an option of buying outright control of Chrysler within 12 months for the unbelievable sum of only $25 million.

      Taxpayers have already have lent Chrysler $4 billion just to fund its operations through March. Last week, Chrysler Financial, Chrysler’s auto financing arm, received another $1.5 billion in loans.

      But to keep this fiasco going into summer, Chrysler will need the $3 billion more cash. If things go well, Fiat can then purchase 55% of Chrysler for a cash outlay equivalent to the price of a Chrysler corporate jet.

      So will there be any Chrysler variants of Fiat plying American highways in the near future? Not likely. Looks to me that the Fiat vultures are getting ready to pounce on Chrysler's corpse.
        • 6 Years Ago
        jamie,

        where did you read that part? was it in the wsj? if so, this is going to get very interesting come feb/mar when gm and chrysler go back to congress.

        regards,
        vrmchris
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see a Golf, an Audi and an Volvo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not sure I saw the Audi, but I sure did see the Golf and the Swede.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Golf, Audi, Volvo ???

        Please, run to an optometrist !!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What do you think about these two companies joining forces?

      Would you consider buying an imported Fiat re-branded as a Chrysler or Dodge?

      What about the idea of buying a Fiat-branded car from a Chrysler or Dodge dealer?

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, I hope they bring the 500 over. Especially the Abarth version. I just bought a GTI but probably would have gone for the 500 if it had been an option.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you under the assumption that the 500 and GTI are of similar size?

        I like the 500 as well(especially the Abarth) but I wouldn't consider it a competitor of the GTI.

        The 500 is based on the same platform as the Ford Ka which is smaller than the Ford Fiesta, which is smaller than the Ford Focus. The Focus being in the same class as the GTI(if they still offered a wagon).

        Looking at some dimensions, the GTI(2dr) is more than 2ft longer than the 500, has a wheelbase almost a foot longer and is about 6in wider. That will result in significantly more interior room if that's important to you.

        Personally, if I were looking for a sporty car smaller than the GTI, I'd wait on the VW Polo GTI which would still be larger than the 500.
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