The industry is waiting to see how the partnership between Chrysler and Fiat will work out. With the automakers of the world conglomerating into larger auto groups, there are plenty of precedents. But while only time will tell how the relationship will develop, we might have our first glimpse yet.
The names for two upcoming Alfa Romeo models have been released: the successor to the five-door 147 hatchback, joining the three-door MiTo, will be called the Milano, while the replacement for the sharply-styled 159 will, as previously reported, revive the Giulia nameplate. Tellingly, though, the information didn't come from the Italian side – it was leaked from Detroit. The two models were mentioned in Chrysler's proposal to the Treasury Department of the U.S. federal government. Sources peg the Milano to hit European market in the spring of 2010 and the larger Giulia to debut late in the following year, and chances are that the pair will make it Stateside as well, otherwise Chrysler's gonna have some 'splaining to do.
[Source: Automotive News Europe – Sub. Req.]