• Feb 15th 2010 at 12:58PM
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Late last year, Alfa Romeo previewed the all-new Giulietta ahead of its reveal at next month's Geneva Motor Show. While the five-door hatch is enough to make Stateside consumers weak in the knees – particularly in Quadrifoglio Verde trim – the impact in the U.S. figures to be much more substantial.

According to a new report by Automotive News, the underpinnings of the Giulietta are set to proliferate throughout Fiat's range in the coming years, and of the one million vehicles the automaker plans to build off the new architecture annually, the Chrysler group will account for around 700,000.

Fiat and Chrysler are currently working on a widened version of the platform – appropriately dubbed "Compact Wide" – and seven new models for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep will use the new underpinnings, including the replacement for the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Dodge Caliber in 2012. And judging by Fiat's description, it's a helluva platform.

Aimed to compete with the new Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series, the platform uses 84 percent high and ultrahigh strength steel, a McPherson front and a dual-link rear suspension, both of which will use aluminum components (front and rear arms, along with the crossmember).

The platform comes in around 10 percent lighter than its predecessor thanks to the use of aluminum and magnesium, and is designed to fit a transverse engine and can be adapted for either front- or all-wheel drive applications.

On a related side note, during last week's Economic Club of Chicago luncheon in which Ralph Gilles, Dodge CEO and Chrysler Group design head, dropped a a handful of interesting tidbits about the future of the automaker, he also showed a few teasers of upcoming products. Included in the presentation were images of the new 300C and Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with the the rendering above, a new subcompact product from Dodge, almost assuredly the next Caliber. Combined with the new platform and Fiat's Multiair engines, we may finally have a credible contender in the compact arena from Chrysler. And it's about damn time.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Do want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, almost as good looking as the Suby hatch that inspired it. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Giulietta i think will be like the Mi.To: nice in the official 'photos', terrible live on the road.. (and poor materials)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has potential. Too early to tell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The amount of mis-information in this is laughable. Every car maker has models that score better or less in safety and reliability.
      The Mito, a Fiat based Alfa Romeo scored a 5 Star NCAP... And has a great amount of safety for its segment.

      • 5 Years Ago
      It's amazing that people are still referring back to the Fiat of 70s and 80s. Let's see, what kind of cars did Hyundai or Daewoo built then? And what are they building now?

      Quoting the JD Power Survey makes no sense. It doesn't measure reliability . It measures perception/satisfaction and it's totally subjective, which is more closely correlated with people personality as opposed to true reliability.

      If you want to check reliability, go for ADAC. http://www1.adac.de/Auto_Motorrad/pannenstatistik_maengelforum/pannenstatistik_2008/tab.asp?ComponentID=250016&SourcePageID=250114

      Fiat Panda is the 3rd best and Punto is the 13th (out of 32). For comparison, Ford Ka is the last, Toyota Yaris is 15th, Mazda 2 is 22nd.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather just get an Alfa or Fiat. I don't want a rebadge. I hope I can get the real thing, especially if I'm going to pay for something unreliable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      how exactly would a platform like that fit in the Jeep product line? Talking about diluting a brand with crossovers that have no off-road capability whatsoever...
        • 5 Years Ago
        To Val and DKB_SATX:

        Who is to say the new Fiat-based platform would not be off-road capable? It's not certain if any Jeep-branded vehicle based on this architecture would meet the famous "Trail Rated" specifications, but I suspect any such vehicle would prove rough n' tough enough to do some moderate off-roading.

        As for the Jeep "pretenders," Compass and Patriot, it's been said the former was an answer to a question that nobody asked. And I agree. As for the latter, which I always thought had potential, was a start in the right direction. In fact, there are, or were, Patriot models that were equipped and sold with an upgraded off-road package and certified as Trail Rated. Badge and all. So in that regard the Patriot can be classified as a "true" Jeep.

        Let's just wait and see what the folks from Turin and Auburn Hills bring to the table.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'll fit the "real Jeep" at least as well as the Compass and Patriot pretenders do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Generic - "Germany couldn't save Chrysler"

      Are you serious? Try Germany raped Chrysler. Chrysler divisions forced to use MB parts, stripped MOPAR division of its on the books profit to prop up viability of MB during a downturn...

      MB was/is Daimler's first love...at the end Chrysler's products were cost-reduced to death to keep MB afloat and make a sucker out of the next buyer...hey it worked, Cerberus took the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      At least Fiat knows what they bought and if they can pour enough money into the hole long enough, we might just see a rebirth of Chrysler...sadly I don't think their pockets are that deep and they will bleed out before they can gain market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quality??? Are you guys kiding???? Fiat are now to be replacing car built by CHRYSLER!!!!!!!! The worst of the "big three" in that matter!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They they plan to replace the PT and Caliber with Fiat based hatches, Chrysler is screwed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they should sell Fiat as Fiat and bypass the whole Chrysler brand. In this day in age most buyers are going to know the true source of a car. Changing the name and putting an ugly face on the front isn't going to change who's car it really is.

      If we get a Chrysler 500 instead of a Fiat 500, it will probably actually hurt sales.
      • 3 Years Ago
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