• Oct 5th 2009 at 8:58AM
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Following the confirmation of Chrysler's tie-in with the Fiat group, images began swirling around our imaginations of the imminent arrival of Alfa Romeo models current and future. That may, according to reports emerging from Italy, prove a little premature. (It happens to lots of guys, we hear). Because while the itty-bitty Fiat 500 is anticipated to hit Chrysler dealers in the near future, the venture may leave the smaller Alfas behind.
A new Alfa Romeo flagship sedan to succeed the discontinued 166 is reportedly planned for North American production, and the Giulia sedan expected to replace the current 159 around 2012 is expected to be on offer Stateside as well. But if the latest reports prove accurate, the current MiTo and its upcoming five-door counterpart, the Milano, could be left back in the Old Country when the Italian family sails for America.

[Source: Motorionline via eurocarblog]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's really unfortunate for us enthusiasts, we'll be missing out on some really fun cars. I'm sure they have their reasons backed up by their numbers (and automakers have never been let down by boardroom number crunching, right?), but it seems to this observer that small cars are starting to gain a foothold in the US, and the Alfa brand has a reputation for fun, unique cars of smaller stature. It's hard to imagine the MiTo and Milano not selling excellently, while Aveos and Yarises and similar carp cars are everywhere.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is initially unfortunate, but I think they're making the right long term decision. This is a golden opportunity for Alfa to make a second first impression. I don't think they want people thinking they're a small hatchback company. It would be better to establish themselves as a premium brand and sell down to the MiTo then try to sell up from it. Consider the difficulty MINI would have selling a premium sedan (brand name notwithstanding) now that they've so firmly established their small car identity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From my perspective, excluding the MiTo, means that "Alfa" is excluded from any consideration of mine, regardless of what they bring here. I have no interest in their big sedans. Big mistake on their part, if you ask me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm excited about the Giulia, but disappointed to hear the awesome MiTo and Milano won't show up.
      Alexander Brown
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to point out that the Giulia is not the 5dr counterpart of the MiTo (which is based on the Fiat Punto segment B) but a 5 door replacement for the 147 which is segment C

      Is it possible that Fiat/Chrysler can not produce all of the Alfa range in the US, and the prosect of importing the smaller models from Europe would push their ticket prices to high in the US to make the plausible. There is more of a profit margin on the larger models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the decision is more aimed at establishing image than America's hate of premium small cars. You have to remember an entire generation has gone by with Alfa absent in the US market. It's easier for an automaker to sell the small stuff once they've established the image with the large stuff than it is to sell the large stuff after establishing image with the small stuff.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the comments section,not the spamming section.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So what they have a history of doing well, ie small sporty cars will be left behind and we will get the cars that alfa has had limited success doing we are going to get here .
      I have owned a 164 which was not a bad car, but If I hadn't owned a GTV, several spiders and GTV-6's I would not have given it a second look. I think the Italians are going to really screw this up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They already have screwed it up.

        Marchionne has split the Dodge brand in two, and now there is another brand called Dodge Ram. Stupid idea.

        Furthermore, Marchionne was pushing Alfa as a Dodge partner, when actually Chrysler is a much better fit. That way Chrysler can move upscale with entirely different vehicles from Dodge. The international image of Alfa Romeo will go a long way in establishing Chrysler as an upscale brand.

        It's obvious any new Alfa 166 or 169 will need a much larger power plant to compete favorably with the Teutonic Trio (BMW, Mercedes and Audi). A four cylinder turbo just will not do! So, I can see an Alfa sheet metal covering a Chrysler 300 undercarriage. A HEMI? Not sure about that though. I prefer Dodge hangs onto all of those.

        Now, the reason we aren't getting the 147 or 159 is because they have to be transferred to RWD first. That will take a little more time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My understanding is that all of the cars not coming to the U.S. are not doing so because they would be prohibitively expensive to Federalize and certify. It goes beyond crash standards. The MiTo for example, would require an entirely new wiring harness, and the associated tooling and assembly line changes. Better to wait for the next gen models and get it all right. The wait won't be that long, but for Fiat, the dollars saved would be huge.
      • 5 Years Ago
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