• Jun 15, 2009
According to a new report in Financial Post, Alfa Romeo may build its forthcoming 169 sedan in Chrysler LLC's Brampton, Ontario facility – a development made possible by the latter's tie-up with Fiat (which owns Alfa). The article cites a projection by automotive research firm IHS Global Insight that states that the 169 will be built on the same underpinnings with the next Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. That news would make sense as Alfa was reportedly shopping for a rear-drive platform that could be sold in North America as early as a year ago.

If IHS' report is accurate and production on an Ontario-assembled 169 indeed comes to pass, it would mark the first time that a premium European luxury auto is assembled in Canada.

[Source: Financial Post]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Um - if the Volvo 850/S60 qualifies as premium European cars, they were build in Halifax for a while. Guess they aren't exactly premium though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The article cites a projection by automotive research firm IHS Global Insight that states that the 169 will be built on the same underpinnings with the next Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger."

      I thought all the naysayers out there said Chrysler has no new products in the pipeline (alothough I guess the the new Grand Cherokee and new V6 didn't count). But now they have a new 300 and Charger as well? Could it be - that the blog commenters were - wrong?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Come on, now -- you know that one of the conditions of blogging and commenting on this site is that you must never admit that you were wrong!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin,

        The new V6 is no puny 4 banger motivating a Tata Nano, but it's hardly inefficient. All vehicles with the new motor will get better mileage than before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe they used to assemble Volvo's ine the atlantic provinces.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_Halifax_Assembly
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's a 164 rotting in a yard near here. The owners gave up on it a dragged it home after the local dealer coughed up an Italian hairball. It sits in front of a black screaming chicken Firebird under a tarp. Nice neighbors, eh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      How fast can I get my tax dollars to get Fiat to leave North America?

      ...and your right the 300C is a grandpa car, with attitude. Half owners build them for show and others build them for go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great for both companies. I may be a bit biased as I have a 300, but the LX platform is a great platform and one of the few things we can benefit from our stint with Daimler. The interior room is outstanding (although the headroom can leave a bit to be desired for those taller then 6 feet. In either case it'll be interesting to see what Chrysler gets out of the deal (well beside their asses saved). I imagine the Dodge Hornet will find it's way onto the market.

      Oh and I'm surprised some of you find it shocking that there were new Chargers and 300s in the pipeline, hell the new 300 was one of two cars (the other being the Cherokee) in the SOS Powerpoint they churned out to get more coins to continue operations. Chrysler has a new Rams, minivans, well received Cherokee refresh, the 300C/Charger to handle the large car segment, 200C for the midsize market, what are they planning for their small car which in all reality is the most important market for them right now because what we've seen already exists in some shape or form.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What makes anyone think alfa can do any better than mercedes?

      p.s. - Your right! Obama is an ass!
      • 5 Years Ago
      what is then?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've been told that Canadians can tell if you're from the states if you use the word "huh."

        Besides, at least they don't say "innit?"

        Though if "amirite?" ever makes it into the dictionary, I'll know the end times are near.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're asking me that, 'eh' is placed after a statement, asking for confirmation or agreement from the receiving party.

        Statement: "It sure is hot out."
        Reply: "That sun is blinding, too."

        Statement looking for agreement: "It's a hot one, eh?"
        Reply: "Man, is it ever? I need to get my shades."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please, tell me more about how all this is Obama's fault. Especially on a topic about a new Fiat 169 built on the 300 platform...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haven't you heard? Obama is the antichrist. The root of all evil. The devil socialist. He's hitler's brain in a younger body.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good news!
      nick t.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have owned European cars for twenty years(mostly German), and, for me, a European car must be made in Europe. When the time comes that I can't buy an Audi/BMW/Benz made in Germany, or an Alfa made in Italy, I'm done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nick t.
        "When the time comes that I can't buy an Audi/BMW/Benz made in Germany, or an Alfa made in Italy, I'm done"

        I guess you're already done then:

        -BMW has gone hat in hand to the German government because with their high emissions their sales have collapsed far more than others
        -Mercedes suffered a loss of 1.7Billion euros for the last quarter for the same reason, and already has almost burned through its 2Billion euro investment from Abu Dhabi in March. Abu Dhabi and Kuwait are today Mercedes' first and second investors respectively.
        -Porsche was techically bankrupt on the 24th of March. It still exists today because the German government intervened at the very last minute. However Porsche is already asking for another 1750 million euros from the German government, as well as 2.5 Billion euro investment from Qatar (give or take a few cents). The media talk only about the Porsche financial deal to buy VW, however in truth they're simply not selling cars anymore, and that doesn't help either.

        The German car brands you list are:
        (1) too expensive and with very high emissions and neither are what is needed in a car today
        (2) more Arab than German
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nick t.
        Hhhmmm, I guess you don't like any of the Z or X cars then? Besides, I wonder how much actual 'European' content is in your 'German' car..... Porsche uses tons of parts made in Brazil...

        • 5 Years Ago
        @nick t.
        That's exactly how I think of these companies, SAAB a US company (until very recently) based in Sweden, Nissan a French company based in Japan, etc.. This also holds true for companies in general (non-auto), and you'll find I'm not the only one to think this way: the Opel discussions are so complex precisely because it is a US company based in Germany (and also present in plenty of other places) which is about to pass ownership to somoenone else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nick t.
        to Richard: is SAAB American?... Volvo American? Jaguar Indian?.... TVR Russian? Lotus Malaysian? Roll-Royce German?.... Is Nissan French?
        your logic on the origins of the marque varies as the owners change is faulty....

        go back to jail, don't pass go and stay there for 3 turns
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nick t.
        the sure sign of a snob is when the details are more important than the whole.

      • 5 Years Ago
      What Andrea #35 said!

      300 platform in exchange for cutting edge transmission and small engine (and Diesel), technology can't be a bad deal. The new small platforms are an added bonus.
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