Europeans should be dancing in their nearest piazza, as Alfa Romeo is ditching its front-drive MiTo and Giulietta to return to its rear-drive roots, according to a report from the UK's Car. The switch is expected to happen in 2015, and is meant to bring Alfa Romeo closer to Maserati.

Car is claiming that a 3 Series-fighting Alfa will hit the streets first, followed by a larger model to contend with the 5 Series. After that, Alfa will field a pair of SUVs, its first models of that body style. We sincerely hope all of these cars come with sweet-sounding, high-revving six-cylinder engines.

While we're quite happy for European gearheads, the shift in logic has us wondering, once again, what this means for Alfa Romeo's long-promised return to the US of A. Both the MiTo and Giulietta were slated for the US market at some point in 2013, according our most recent report. We're half way through the year now, and there hasn't been so much as a whimper indicating that timetable would work.

Based on remarks Sergio Marchionne made at this year's Detroit Auto Show, bringing Alfa back properly is more important than bringing it back quickly. That logic could explain this latest possible delay. Getting American Alfa Romeos right for Americans could also explain things, which is perhaps a lesson learned from the Dart's rushed launch.

In any case, with this news that two of the core models of Alfa's US return are being ditched within the next 30 or so months, we're left wondering (again) when the legendary Italian brand will return to our shores.


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      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lincoln are you listening?
        Archknight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        I have to agree, Lincoln will have to take advantage of the new Mustang platform to be taken seriously. Right now it seems they are hanging by a thread and nothing in their product lineup seems to be appealing at all. If Alfa/Chrysler are developing this platform to take on the best, it will have to be strong. The US really has no perception of Alfa except people in their 50's and 60's who remember the old cars. No one from Gen X and Y has this polluted view and with them taking Alfa upscale it'll have to hit every mark of what makes BMW and MB luxury top tier. Also, keeping Chrysler in the middle of the marques, they'll have to be the best in the premium segment. They'll at least have AWD on most of their products to compensate for performance and the 300 remains at the top.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        Hope they are.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 1 Year Ago
      excellent news, let's get 'em to the US too!
      poopoohead100
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should be a pretty cool line-up especially with the addition of the next Mazda/Alfa Romeo Miata/Spyder joint project.
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @poopoohead100
        Supposedly, 3-series fighter, 5-series fighter flagship. Then Spyder, 4C and 6C coupes and a sports SUV.
      Felipe Alberto Moya
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't completely like this decision. I think Alfa needs one or two high volume selling hatchbacks, even if they're FWD (hey, you can make great FWD cars. Check the Astra OPC, M├ęgane RS, etc.). What I do like is the returning of RWD to its 159 replacement, however this has been said so many times, I highly doubt it. Gotta love your Alfas, even if they're FWD. They just have something special about them.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Felipe Alberto Moya
        they certainly do, my 155 with the original Busso V6 makes me grin like an idiot every time i drive it. The sound, the steering feel, the cornering ability, the speed, the ease of the gearchange...so magnificent that only an Alfa can bring all those things together in perfect driver heaven. For pure driving joy, I say Alfa are the best in the world...ymmv of course...
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        @Felipe Alberto Moya
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      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alfa was literally stripped of all but a shell of its former self under Fiat. When they took over the company in 1995, Fiat promptly discontinued all RWD Alfas in favor of FWD models that were largely based on Fiat models. Then they discontinued the beautiful Arese engines in the last decade in favor of inferior Fiat units. Alfa sales suffered and Fiat has never managed to turn a profit for the brand. icemilkcoffee is right, they really have nothing to lose at this point...Fiat has badge engineered Alfa to the ground over the last two decades and the only thing they can do at this point is do Alfa right. That means, RWD platforms from now on, independent engine development, and head-turning designs (something admittedly, Alfa is still pretty good at doing).
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sinistro79
        They took it over in 1985, not 1995 and just because many of the tech was Fiat based doesn't mean they weren't great cars to drive, however flawed. The Alfa developed parts kept a lot of the Alfa magic alive; The 164 comes to mind, as well as the 147 GTA and GTV 3.2. Having said that, I'm very glad to hear that Fiat is empowering Alfa to bring the fight to BMW. I'm so tired of German cars everywhere...in silver or black, apparently the only colors they come in... I have two Arese engine cars and don't think I can ever part with them.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alfa- a new GTV. Yummy.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        A small RWD coupe-high revving engine, Italian interior, MT.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes! As an owner of a FWD Alfa 155, I am over the moon to see them come back to NA in force with fantastic sports sedans and coupes. My FWD 155 can certainly turn some corners, and is no slouch in a straight line either, but Alfa needs to go to RWD base to get back the enthusiast vote, however irrelevant it may be...
      Speed Devil
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as the Alfa 3-fighter comes with stick, I'm all for it
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Curious though if going RWD to come closer to Maserati then what's the point of Maserati?
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        Exactly what I was thinking. They just came out with the Ghibli to compete against the E class/5 series. I think they just have way too many brands( fiat, lancia, Alfa, Maserati)
        Rob Gomes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        Alfa Romeo is meant to compete with Audi, BMW and Mercedes's mass-market vehicles (1/3/5-Series, A3/A4/A6. C/E-Class) Bread-and-butter luxury cars with a few special things like the 4C. Maserati is meant to occupy the space somewhere between something like the A8/7-series/S-Class, and to produce some sporty and GT cars that don't encroach on Ferrari territory. Ferrari is capping total yearly production at around 7,000 vehicles a year across all models to maintain exclusivity, so that gives Maserati a fair amount of space to play in.
      Dexter Fishpaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      this opens the way for mito and guileietta type vehicles to slide over to lancia
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