• May 5, 2009
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Curious which of its models Fiat plans to send over to the United States to sell through its planned partnership with Chrysler? Wonder no more. The most recent set of documents filed in Chrysler's Chapter 11 proceedings offer a number of intriguing clues as to what we can expect to see in the coming years.

Tom LaSorda, current ChryCo Veep, suggests that Fiat has agreed to assemble a vehicle using its C-EVO platform at one of Chrysler's underutilized U.S. plants. Further, Robert Manzo, executive director of Capstone Advisory Group, has specifically named the Fiat 500, Grande Punto and Panda (tellingly, Manzo called the Panda a Jeep) along with the Mito and Milano from Alfa Romeo as models coming to the aid of Chrysler.

Joining these new models would also be Fiat's 3.0-liter diesel V6 and 1.4-liter four-cylinder Multiair engine line, along with the Italian automaker's dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which would replace the units Chrysler will no longer be receiving from Getrag. The biggest question left unanswered seems to be what will be left of Chrysler's current line?



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So are they going to be badged as Alfa Romeos and FIATs, or as Chryslers? I haven't been keeping up with this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let me tell you something about Fiat, I grew up in South America driving my parent's fiat 124, 131 mirafiori, a brazilian premio and a Lancia beta..., my first car was an old Fiat 128 and then I owned a Fiat uno and guess what, we never had any problems,.. all of them were reliable, fast and fun to drive... I am so glad that Fiat is back to the US.. I'll be the first one buying a 500 abarth essesse....Forza Italia
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fiat does have Diesels, Fiat owns Iveco Truck... Google It.

      I fully expect Fiats and Alfas to sell well enough on the Right and Left Coast. I'm not concerned about the middle of the country or the deep south.

      German car companies do just FINE selling a majority of their cars on the both coast and not so much in the middle or deep south.

      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will take a long hard look at buying an Alfa or a Fiat 500 if I am in the market when they begin to arrive at dealers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        same here 500 and MiTo? I'd buy either before a rabbit or a gti. Build quality on the 500, esp inside, is fantastic (drove one last week, baja cars ftw).
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      The badge doesn't matter, none of them are going to sell well at all.

      People are not going to buy these completely unknown cars in large enough numbers to make this work. Especially with the new car market in this country cratering and money tight. People don't have the disposable income they had a few years ago and even back then hardly anyone would have bought a Fiat or Chrysler-badged Fiat.

      The entire premise of this deal is a sham and based on a "perfect world" scenario. People are not going to flock to little Italian cars when we already have the Asians satisfying our reliable, fuel efficient transportation needs. I even doubt the Fiesta is going to sell as remarkably as the rest of the internet thinks it will.

      The captive import thing has been tried for decades and it's always ended in the same result for the Big Three, abject failure.

      Fiat running Chrysler isn't going to be any different. In fact it's worse because it's costing us all billions of dollars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does it matter how much of the current Chrysler lineup stays? It's almost completely crap, and that's coming from the former owner of a Charger (that I loved).

      The Caliber is trash. The Avenger/Sebing are trash. The Journey is trash. The Dakota has a great optional V-8 but is otherwise uncompetitive. The T&C/Grand Caravan are reasonably competitive. The Ram is excellent. The 300/Charger need updates but remain competitive in V-8 form. The Challenger needs a new interior. The Patriot/Compas are trash. The Grand Cherokee will be all new and looks promising. The Commander is being dropped anyway. The Liberty is uncompetitive but very capable off road. The Wranger is just a classic beast (but not exactly competitive in anything involving on-road ventures, but that doesn't matter). The Durango/Aspen are actually really nice, wimpy base V-6 and iffy interior aside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please please please - put the 3.0 turbodiesel into the Wrangler!
      Pretty please? With sugar on top!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They can really rename the Panda as a Jeep? "Jeep Panda Renegade" I don't see that. Otherwise, the tiny 500 is a pretty and exciting car, but in my opinion, it has received too much media attention and has too many special editions. The Bravo and Grande Punto are beautiful but what about the quality perception? what about reliability? Every time I hear Fiat in USA I can´t stop thinking about Stradas and Mirafioris. We're going back to 1979 again? I hope no...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope Fiat has learned something about quality over the years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yaroukh - you and your stats again. You keep your stats, and those of us who actually know the cars in the real world will state otherwise.

        Get some life experience, ok?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately (sorry Bloke) stats do show the opposite.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll buy Mito just so I can say I bought an Alfa Romeo.
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