Alfa Romeo LogoIt 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.