Back in April, we told you about rumblings that Alfa Romeo's triumphant return to the U.S. was pushed from Fall 2012 to sometime in 2013. Back then, the issues were related to styling, but now it looks like the European debt crisis may have more to do with the delays.

Automotive News reports that Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester told a group of financial analysts at the Frankfurt Motor Show that Fiat was scaling back its global expansion plans, with several models coming later than expected. The new plan calls for the low volume 4C (above) to come mid-2013, followed by the redesigned MiTo later in 2013. The original plan to re-introduce the Alfa Romeo brand to the U.S. also included plans for a mid-size SUV to be built at Chrysler's Toledo plant, but that vehicle has reportedly been canceled altogether.

Fiat's announcement comes one day after CEO Sergio Marchionne cited a dire outlook of the European debt crisis as a reason for the automaker to rethink some of its product launches. This isn't good news for anyone waiting patiently for the Alfa brand to head back to the U.S., but the bigger news could be that future Chrysler product could be delayed as well. After all, Fiat plans to merge its platforms and technology with future Chrysler models, and that can't happen quickly if launches are being delayed.


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      alan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just got this news report from 2013. Alfa is delaying their return to the US until 2015.
      Jason in SD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got yourself all dressed up and pretty and then you let me know you can't make it. I've dated girls like this. Or, attempted to date girls like this.
      jammur
      • 3 Years Ago
      Which will show up in the U.S. first. New Acura NSX or Alpha Romeo? Any other perpetually delayed items we should add to the list?
        Lowland
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jammur
        You'll get Alpha once Lingken comes to Europe. Deal?
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not make the 4C in high volume to compete with Miata? MiTo will cover the entry level segment (built along side the Fiat 500 in Mexico) and re-skinned/re-engineered Chrysler 200 as a performance sedan. All this will be funded by the Chinese of course.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      mavsguy842
      • 3 Years Ago
      That 4C concept looks like a Pontiac Solstice with a cleft lip.
      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      S+it, Really wanted a 4C at the Nissan 370Z pricepoint to come here in a few weeks.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awww man, this just ruined my day. :'(
      Bassracerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well the good news is redesigned mito wich means another shot at the GTA to come to production!
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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for Alfa to be back in the states!
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