• May 6, 2011
Fiat has been talking seriously about bringing Alfa Romeo back to these shores since early 2000, making a decade of delays in the brand's relaunch. Most recently, the company's debut has been pushed back to sometime in 2013. To commemorate the anniversary of Fiat's colossal history of setbacks, Car and Driver put together a time table of the promised Alfa Romeo launch.

The story begins on March 27, 2000, when Fiat announced it had partnered with General Motors to bring Alfas to the States by 2003. The first delay came less than a year later, when Fiat and GM announced that Alfas would move through Cadillac and Saab dealers starting in 2005.

Obviously, none of that came even remotely true. In 2002, the relaunch got pushed back to 2007. In 2004, it was killed altogether. The Italians changed their minds again in 2005, going back to 2007 as the year of the Alfa. Need we go on? The promises, cancellations and delays have carried on this way through two wars, two presidents, an economic nosedive and the odd oil crisis thrown in for good measure.

At this point, we'd really like to believe that we'll see an attainable Alfa in the USA by 2013, but history makes the time table hard to believe. Head over to Car and Driver to see a full infographic of Fiat's waffling.


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        Arli
        • 3 Years Ago
        Everytime I go back to Europe, I'm always jealous by the Alfas I see on the road. I keep forgetting that across the pond, they're just regular cars. We should ditch the ugly Corollas and make an effort to get more stylish cars over here, like Alfas.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lexus, they make some good looking cars but not as good as Alfa. Acura, if you think Acuras look better than Alfas then I want what your smoking.
          • 3 Years Ago
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        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        That WAS sarcasm wasn't it? Right.... RIGHT?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      DivisibleByZer0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alfa Romeo, the official car maker of Duke Nukem Forever
      Rick C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who's running the show over at Car & Driver these days? They used to have a more respectable tone, especially when it came to a storied marque such as Alfa Romeo. In the meantime, I offer these words: They'll be here when they're damn ready to be here. And if Alfa is listening, that little roadster they showed a few days back. Make sure it's RWD, under 2700 lbs and sounds like a traditional Alfa.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick C.
        Storied? So was Cadillac, before they started building old people barges. They were lambasted as they should've been until they recovered. Calling a spade a spade is what's needed in journalism, not some overly filtered asskissing report to keep advertisers. Alfa's comeback in the states has been a joke, period. Buying Chrysler is the only real sign that it might happen.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the main reason is to increase built quality and reliability to substandards expected by average US buyers. As for the design, I don't like the Italian way, but it's hard arguing against the fact that Alfas look like melted caricatures of Cars cartoon cars.
      arnieadsouza
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Terry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I for one would love to see alfa here... Just because Alfa Brera Spider is just drop dead sexy xD
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      I for one would love ta at least test drive an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. In white and in 6-speed manual transmission.
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