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According to the latest reports, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta will serve as the basis for the Dodge Caliber's successor, and it's set to arrive in late 2011 as a 2012 model. USA Today credits Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, with the proclamation that some form of Giulietta will wind up as a Dodge. Considering last year's five-year plan that shows the Caliber discontinued after 2011, Chrysler will need something to fill its place in showrooms.

Refreshes will carry the venerable LX cars, and the Sebring has been transformed into the more promising 200, but those moves are mere stopgaps. Without a small car to sell against its domestic rivals, Chrysler and Dodge will be at a significant disadvantage. Fiat has expressed its desire to expand its stake in Chrysler beyond its 20 percent level, and the only way that's going to happen is if the automaker succeeds Stateside. Enthusiasts have looked longingly across the Atlantic at the Giulietta, and if the car connects as well with the public at large and carries the right blend of quality and verve, it could be a boon for Chrysler.

[Source: USA Today]

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      Dodge cannot, must not, shall not be mentioned/typed in the same sentence as Alfa Romeo.

      Dodge just needs to go away. Who do they think they are??? So wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're not ruining my day. Fact is, Chrysler already failed. You and me and all our compatriots bailed 'em out (ok, it was for the unions' sakes, but that's another matter).

        Sure, the Dodge nameplate sells a large number of cars due the the bargain-basement pricing (enabled by bailout) and fleet sales. Not for a lack of any sense of style, build quality or performance.

        I submit that they just need to go away. Linking the fine Alfa name with them would be the height of arrogance by a company that just does not get it.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      How will they seamlessly put a dodge grill on that beautiful body? Now im just kinda scared at what it might look like, unless the Alfa will just be the underpinnings of the new Caliber, hopefully that is the case.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They won't. Try reading harder, Chrysler will use the same PLATFORM, they won't share bodywork.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Platform sharing is not rebadging.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      If they do minimal changes to it and use it to replace the Caliber, I won't complain
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Giulietta is, at the moment, the best and most high-tech all-round production car made by the Fiat group, Ferrari notwithstanding.

      So yeah, it's not going to be a Crossfire all over again, which was based on an old merc. Fiat definetly pulled out the big guns to help Chrysler. Now if only they could drop a Pentastar in there, and sell it in Europe.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have seen a sketch of the front area of the rebranded dodge version and the crossbar seems to be more integrated into the bodywork than the alfa shield. Dodge will have a new logo leaving the ram to trucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I wanted to buy this car I would get an Alfa not a Dodge. They will surely ruin the artistry of this car with some cheap looking, horribly constructed American garbage. Chrysler makes horrible products that are as ugly to look at as they are to drive (except for the Challenger).
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they are going to take the prettiest girl and send her to a plastic surgeon to hit her with an ugly stick !???!?!?!?!?!?

      That's crazy.

      want to sell it as a dodge - OK.
      but forget branding and all that crap - just stick a dodge nameplate on the back (if you must) and don't touch anything else.

      that car is beautiful.
      it is sex on wheels.

      it does not need a dodge nose-job.
      it not only doesn't need it - there should be a law against it.
      • 4 Years Ago

      I know what it looks like
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think that is too bad looking...
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