It looks like Alfa Romeo won't be coming to the States any time soon. According to Automotive News, the Italian automaker isn't slated to return to the U.S. with a full showroom until mid-2013 at the earliest. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has said that the brand will launch in late 2012 with a handful of limited-edition 4C Coupe models. The brand will then flesh out with a small crossover in 2013 and the manufacturer's mid-sized Giulia sedan by year's end. That plan puts a full Alfa Romeo return 10 years overdue.
Originally, the brand was supposed to re-launch on our shores back in 2003 with a new Spider model. We never saw the drop-top, and the most recent delay is said to be due to the fact that Marchionne has nixed the Giulia design three times over the past year and a half. While the Alfa Romeo 8C has been enjoying limited sales in the U.S. for months now, the 100 units that have made it off of Maserati dealer lots don't exactly define a return to mass-sales.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 35 Comments
      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      At first I thought the headline meant they rescheduled it for a decade after next year and I was about to go AAAAAUUUGH but then I read the article and was okay.
        lorenzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blake
        Another example of AB sensationalism. 10 years from when? Why did I even read this, it was shocking, that is why. This is like a year delay - BIG DEAL. I would rather them get it right than push to be on the time they said last....
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad that they are finally coming back. I'd love to see a lot more European models (particularly French and Italian) models sold here in the states.
      tump
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just want a brand new Milano sedan.
      the.ting
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope when Alfa actually returns it won't be a colossal disappointment because of the long-term "tease". Building up anticipation for such a long period of time could just be the worst thing they could possibly do; even with good products. Granted, this probably holds true only for those who know the Alfa brand and what their return to the states mean. For the rest, they will have to overcome the sigma of the brand's past history.
      Tanooki2003
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gawd Damnit!
      the17thman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I almost cried when I read the headline. Phew!
      ablogreadr
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the joke continues....
      Stephen's06Miata
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting. About 2 weeks ago, at about 6:15 a.m . Downtown Los Angeles, I saw a disguised Alfa hatchback that looked like a Mito (although I cannot be certain). The badge was clearly Alfa and I only wish I had my phone at the ready.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        mic414
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, they are POS, that's why half of their portfolio in the last 15 years was Car of the Year top 3 in Europe (156: 1st in 1998, 147: 1st in 2001, 159: 3rd in 2006; Guilietta: 2nd in 2011). And the rest, Brera and 8C are obviously all ugly and cheap, too.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Going by the way you worded your comment , ... 'still are and always will be' ? WTF is that ! You're either totally out of touch or hate driving. Compared to driving an Alfa, Lexus, Acura and Infiniti are POS's.
        transam
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sure that you've driven plently of Alfas, Lexus, Acuras and Infinitis in order to make such a claim. Get real.
        Spankie82
        • 3 Years Ago
        Brian, you're so smart! You know so much about cars!!!!
        Lowland
        • 3 Years Ago
        "their interiors are simply not up to par with Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti." That's why they're generally cheaper than the marques you mentioned, and they don't really compete with any of those here in Euroland. And for looks, the pre-facelift Alfa 156 (which I used to own) is still one of the best looking sedans out there. Same with the 166. 159 is okay but I prefer the 156's looks. Also, I've had few reliability issues with my 156. Same with my Lancia Delta before that. And no more than with the Mazda 6 I currently own.
        transam
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sure that you've driven plently of Alfas, Lexus, Acuras and Infinitis in order to make such a claim. Get real.
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alfa, Peugeot, Renault and Fiat can stay out of here. All those cars did was collect pine needles in people's back yards when I was a kid. What? Fiat is back in?
        Blake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dontneedpants
        Yeah, and Hyundai can go too! Hyundais were nothing but crappy penalty boxes when I was a kid, and everything that was true when I was a kid must still be true today, which is why I sold all my Apple stock.
          dontneedpants
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Blake
          Hyundai is a half-century younger than the others. The Europeans had no such excuse for building shitboxes.
      KooperS04
      • 3 Years Ago
      Title is a bit misleading
      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      WAAAHHH, no Alfa Romeos until 2021 NOOOO!!!!! *critically reads article past headline and first sentence* It's just silly Autoblog, trying to ruin my Monday.
    • Load More Comments