• Feb 18, 2009

The industry is waiting to see how the partnership between Chrysler and Fiat will work out. With the automakers of the world conglomerating into larger auto groups, there are plenty of precedents. But while only time will tell how the relationship will develop, we might have our first glimpse yet.

The names for two upcoming Alfa Romeo models have been released: the successor to the five-door 147 hatchback, joining the three-door MiTo, will be called the Milano, while the replacement for the sharply-styled 159 will, as previously reported, revive the Giulia nameplate. Tellingly, though, the information didn't come from the Italian side – it was leaked from Detroit. The two models were mentioned in Chrysler's proposal to the Treasury Department of the U.S. federal government. Sources peg the Milano to hit European market in the spring of 2010 and the larger Giulia to debut late in the following year, and chances are that the pair will make it Stateside as well, otherwise Chrysler's gonna have some 'splaining to do.

[Source: Automotive News Europe – Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      These Alfa posts are the epitome of car-porn. But now I’m being told, unlike other porn, this I can have? Please don’t tease.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never thought I would say this, but here it goes.

      Thank you, Chrysler.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I suddenly have a craving for Milanos, but the jiggly arm fat ad has cured that. By the way, autoblog, please remove that ad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am incredibly excited about this. Please Chrysler, stay alive long enough to make this happen!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting indeed.

      The 159 is 10 times better in real life. A truly stunning sedan. Not so stunning are the body that the beautiful clothes are on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this goes down as planned, GM trims all the fat off their portfolio, Ford is full of Turbocharged Fuel efficient engines, and the Unions are put in their place, many people are going to be looking back 5 years from now at the recession as one of the best things to happen to the Big 3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rebirth of the Detroit Phoenix from the rubbles of Wall Street.

        At least us auto enthusiasts would be happy. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I get the Milano in mint?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah nothing like naming a car after a cookie. I wonder what the Nissan Oreo will look like (I hope it comes in two tone paint)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm dying to get some Alfas and Fiats over here, but skeptical of the Chrysler tie-up, based on previous history. Also, don't understand why Alfa would revive the Milano nameplate. The Milano sold here (nee 75) was not exactly a hit with US consumers with its quirky styling, clunky manual box and cheapish interior materials. I say this as an Alfa fan, desperatley hoping they don't screw it up this time. Also, isn't Milano too close to Milan, as in Mercury?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey guys! I'm in Italy right now and the 159 is much better in person than in the pictures. It's hot!

      I also have to say that there are a lot of other beautiful cars that Fiat should bring to the states. The Lancia Delta and Thesis are beautiful cars in person. I know the Thesis has gotten ragged on before, but you should see it in person.

      Maybe the Fiat can be imported as a Dodge and the Thesis as a Chrysler. Let Alfa Romeo stand as its own model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Judging by Chrysler's past role in the demise of Italian makes in the states, I fear for Fiat/Alfa. Bad partnership.
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