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Fiat Planning Two New Sedans Based On Chrysler 300 LX Platform

There are 15 comments on the MotorAuthority story from Oct 26, 2009, titled Fiat Planning Two New Sedans Based On Chrysler 300 LX Platform. In it, MotorAuthority reports that:

Chrysler's newly formed ties with Fiat may soon see the Italian auto giant building two new bespoke sedans on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300 LX platform.

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“Change NAFTA/ Trade Agreements”

Since: May 09

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#1 Oct 26, 2009
Chryslerís newly formed ties with Fiat may soon see the Italian auto giant building two new bespoke sedans on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300 LX platform. The news follows a recent report claiming Fiatís acquisition of a former Bertone plant in Italy was in preparation to build several new models based on current Chrysler platforms.

Last week Fiat powertrain chief Alfredo Altavilla told the company's unions that the vehicles will be based on Chrysler's large-car platform and will use the companyís recently revealed Pentastar V-6 engine.

According to latest reports, Fiat will build up to 50,000 units of two new large rear-wheel drive sedans: one a Lancia and the other likely to be a Maserati. Production will start at the former Bertone plant, which has been renamed Officine Automobilistiche Grugliasco (OAG), in late 2011.

The Lancia model is likely to be a new flagship sedan to replace the brandís Thesis sedan in 2011, while the Maserati is likely to be a new entry-level model smaller than the Quattroporte and due in 2012.

Fiat is scheduled to make an announcement concerning the new models in during its five year plan announcement on November 4.
wakeup

Detroit, MI

#2 Oct 26, 2009
Iamfedup2 wrote:
Chryslerís newly formed ties with Fiat may soon see the Italian auto giant building two new bespoke sedans on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300 LX platform. The news follows a recent report claiming Fiatís acquisition of a former Bertone plant in Italy was in preparation to build several new models based on current Chrysler platforms.
Last week Fiat powertrain chief Alfredo Altavilla told the company's unions that the vehicles will be based on Chrysler's large-car platform and will use the companyís recently revealed Pentastar V-6 engine.
According to latest reports, Fiat will build up to 50,000 units of two new large rear-wheel drive sedans: one a Lancia and the other likely to be a Maserati. Production will start at the former Bertone plant, which has been renamed Officine Automobilistiche Grugliasco (OAG), in late 2011.
The Lancia model is likely to be a new flagship sedan to replace the brandís Thesis sedan in 2011, while the Maserati is likely to be a new entry-level model smaller than the Quattroporte and due in 2012.
Fiat is scheduled to make an announcement concerning the new models in during its five year plan announcement on November 4.
All made in italy

Since: Sep 09

Crawfordsville, IN

#3 Oct 26, 2009
wakeup wrote:
<quoted text> All made in italy
Did you really think they would be built in the states? Fiat is out for the Italians not the Americans.
Paul

Toronto, Canada

#4 Oct 26, 2009
Low volume cars, all made in Italy for European market.
What is a big deal?
wakeup

Detroit, MI

#5 Oct 26, 2009
Iamfedup2 wrote:
Chryslerís newly formed ties with Fiat may soon see the Italian auto giant building two new bespoke sedans on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300 LX platform. The news follows a recent report claiming Fiatís acquisition of a former Bertone plant in Italy was in preparation to build several new models based on current Chrysler platforms.
Last week Fiat powertrain chief Alfredo Altavilla told the company's unions that the vehicles will be based on Chrysler's large-car platform and will use the companyís recently revealed Pentastar V-6 engine.
According to latest reports, Fiat will build up to 50,000 units of two new large rear-wheel drive sedans: one a Lancia and the other likely to be a Maserati. Production will start at the former Bertone plant, which has been renamed Officine Automobilistiche Grugliasco (OAG), in late 2011.
The Lancia model is likely to be a new flagship sedan to replace the brandís Thesis sedan in 2011, while the Maserati is likely to be a new entry-level model smaller than the Quattroporte and due in 2012.
Fiat is scheduled to make an announcement concerning the new models in during its five year plan announcement on November 4.
LOL your such a dreamer Chrysler is not going to make it and besides all these cars are being built in Italy lol what a joke
tom polcari phd

Oakland, CA

#6 Jan 25, 2010
Wakeup...Today's Italian built cars have come a long way from years ago...By you saying Chrysler is not going to build a Lancia or Maserrati based on the Chrysler 300 subframe and engines, means that you know more than the Chrysler/Fiat people themselves...I doubt that...
HereAndNow

Rockford, IL

#7 Jan 25, 2010
Please take your phd and get a life and stop bringing up old threads. Jeez.
KAR

AOL

#8 Jan 25, 2010
We have to be realistic. Any new plants will be at a lower wage/benifit if we are going to compete. If you want a job, you will have to agree. The Unions can do only so much. In 1982, unemployment was for 90 days and I don't think SUB was qeven that long. School and add'l aid were available only if you sold everything to your name and didn't have sqwat. This is what the retirees are getting at and angry with us...on the other hand, we know they were there during all those golden years. It is, what it is...if you still want to build cars and trucks for a reduction, stay. If not, better start looking now for something else. I do believe things will pick up and we are somehow going to be in the zenith of green tech/manufacturing. Can you wait in cue for that to happen?
tom polcari phd

Oakland, CA

#9 Jan 26, 2010
Dont forget, Here and Now, Chrysler will be building cars here in the US for import to other parts of the world..That is more jobs for Americans...And, Oh Yes, I have a life...how about you?
guess who

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jan 26, 2010
tom polcari phd wrote:
Dont forget, Here and Now, Chrysler will be building cars here in the US for import to other parts of the world..That is more jobs for Americans...And, Oh Yes, I have a life...how about you?
OK keep thinking that, it has been mentioned before that the American sized cars don't sell well overseas. The car that will be sent overseas will be the 500, which is made in mexico!
charles

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Jan 26, 2010
Washington -- Chrysler Group LLC hopes to receive a low-cost Energy Department retooling loan this year.

The Energy Department has awarded about $9 billion from the $25 billion retooling program to help automakers convert factories to produce more efficient vehicles, and build new ones to make plug-in electric vehicles and other fuel efficient models.

Ford Motor Co. received $5.9 billion in loans in June; its domestic competitors General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC couldn't qualify until they emerged from bankruptcy protection.

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Chrysler sought about $6 billion in retooling loans in 2008. The Auburn Hills automaker received about $12 billion in emergency government aid as part of its rescue.

Steve Bartoli, Chrysler's head of regulatory affairs and engineering planning, said on the sidelines of the Washington Auto Show today that the company was in discussions with the Energy Department and expects to get the loan this year.

Asked the timing of the loan, Bartoli said Chrysler was in regular contact with the Energy Department.

"It's not years," he said. "Hopefully, sometime this year."

Bartoli said the loans "represent a great opportunity for the whole industry to accelerate" its advanced technology plans.

Chrysler, he said, is working to reach a loan deal with the Energy Department.

"We're still in the middle of discussions," Bartoli said.

The Energy Department said this month it plans to awards more funds this year. It also loaned Nissan Motor Corp.$1.6 billion to build the next generation battery electric Nissan Leaf in Tennessee.

Two electric car startups also won loans. Fisker Automotive won $529 million for plug-in development and $465 million to Tesla Motors to build a factory in Pasadena for its $50,000 Model S electric sedan and a powertrain manufacturing facility in Palo Alto.

Fisker Automotive is using much of its government loan to purchase and retool a former General Motors assembly plant in Delaware to start building a new electric vehicle by 2012.

In October, Tenneco Inc. became the first parts company to win an Energy Department loan, getting a $24 million award.

GM has also sought billions in retooling loans
KAR

AOL

#12 Jan 27, 2010
charles wrote:
Washington -- Chrysler Group LLC hopes to receive a low-cost Energy Department retooling loan this year.
The Energy Department has awarded about $9 billion from the $25 billion retooling program to help automakers convert factories to produce more efficient vehicles, and build new ones to make plug-in electric vehicles and other fuel efficient models.
Ford Motor Co. received $5.9 billion in loans in June; its domestic competitors General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC couldn't qualify until they emerged from bankruptcy protection.
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Chrysler sought about $6 billion in retooling loans in 2008. The Auburn Hills automaker received about $12 billion in emergency government aid as part of its rescue.
Steve Bartoli, Chrysler's head of regulatory affairs and engineering planning, said on the sidelines of the Washington Auto Show today that the company was in discussions with the Energy Department and expects to get the loan this year.
Asked the timing of the loan, Bartoli said Chrysler was in regular contact with the Energy Department.
"It's not years," he said. "Hopefully, sometime this year."
Bartoli said the loans "represent a great opportunity for the whole industry to accelerate" its advanced technology plans.
Chrysler, he said, is working to reach a loan deal with the Energy Department.
"We're still in the middle of discussions," Bartoli said.
The Energy Department said this month it plans to awards more funds this year. It also loaned Nissan Motor Corp.$1.6 billion to build the next generation battery electric Nissan Leaf in Tennessee.
Two electric car startups also won loans. Fisker Automotive won $529 million for plug-in development and $465 million to Tesla Motors to build a factory in Pasadena for its $50,000 Model S electric sedan and a powertrain manufacturing facility in Palo Alto.
Fisker Automotive is using much of its government loan to purchase and retool a former General Motors assembly plant in Delaware to start building a new electric vehicle by 2012.
In October, Tenneco Inc. became the first parts company to win an Energy Department loan, getting a $24 million award.
GM has also sought billions in retooling loans
Thanks for keeping us informed, Charles, great article! There are things going on that we can't see right at the moment. Oh, people know something is up, read some of the other plant blogs. The best part? It's all going to be done right here in the USA!
Dick Patt the Diplomat

Norfolk, VA

#13 Mar 26, 2011
local 685 worker wrote:
<quoted text>Did you really think they would be built in the states? Fiat is out for the Italians not the Americans.
You're wrong "local 685 worker". Fiat is out for the americans, the italians and just about any other loyal customer around the world!!!
Dick Patt the Diplomat

Norfolk, VA

#14 Mar 26, 2011
guess who wrote:
<quoted text> OK keep thinking that, it has been mentioned before that the American sized cars don't sell well overseas. The car that will be sent overseas will be the 500, which is made in mexico!
Don't be surprised "guess who" if we see a mexican-based car company topple the likes of Ford and Chrysler!!
The Truth

Houma, LA

#15 Mar 26, 2011
Dick Patt the Diplomat wrote:
<quoted text>Don't be surprised "guess who" if we see a mexican-based car company topple the likes of Ford and Chrysler!!
Yes sir, funded by the drug cartels of Mexico i'm sure

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