FCA is allegedly pushing back the launch of around a dozen vehicles in the US, including the next-gen Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler. Alfa Romeo might see more products come to market even more quickly, though.
Canadian industrial design professor Bruce Thomson is on the hunt for a classic car, and he's chronicling the search in a novel way. Thomson is using his skill as an artist to sketch the vintage cars that he checks out and is posting driving impressions of them on his blog. He initially started looking for a Triumph TR6, but now a wide range of vintage European rides have been added to the list of possibilities.
With the debut of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the Italian company's US lineup has officially doubled. It brings roofless joy to the already-beautiful 4C Coupe, as well as a soft-cloth top, an available carbon fiber roll-hoop "halo," four new wheel designs, an Alpine sound system and an optional Akrapovic center-mounted exhaust.
Alfa Romeo USA has posted a two-minute spot talking up the technology and capabilities of the 4C, with beauty shots of the car augmented by an amorous pantomime between two beautiful people wearing a whisper of clothing and some un-subtle editing.
Evidence is mounting that Alfa Romeo is revealing the 4C Spider at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The latest indicator comes from FCA's blog that the company has a debut for the Italian sports car brand for the event. After seeing the Spider out testing so recently, it seems like the most likely candidate.
A keen amateur eye caught a naked Alfa Romeo 4C Spider out in public being used for photo and television work in Spain. The open-top Alfa stays close to the concept we saw at the Geneva Motor Show, but adds an cooling inlet on the driver's side for the six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
During the big Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA US LLC announcement of its five-year plan earlier this year, the strategy for Alfa Romeo was easily summarized by brand boss Harald Wester: "Go back to the Alfa Romeo that people admired." Easier said than done. With the 4C as one step in that procedure, we might see the next when the company unveils its midsize sedan in June with a trio of new engines with up to 480 horsepower.