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Fiat/Chrysler VS GM/ Toyota = return of the Alfa Romeo

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Thomas Scutillo

Russellville, OH

#1 Jan 22, 2013
Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that the Alfa Romeo brand will finally make its long-anticipated return to the U.S. by year-end, launching with the new 4C sports car
Thomas Scutillo

Russellville, OH

#2 Jan 22, 2013
Of particular concern, he hinted, was the powertrain, which he stressed had to have the right feel and even the right sound long associated with Alfas past. In the sort of blunt, often politically incorrect comment Marchionne has become known for, he declared it had to be a “Wop” engine, a typically negative reference to something or someone of Italian descent.

But even after cautioning reporters, Marchionne concluded,“Alfa Romeo is coming. There is not a single doubt.”

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What has happened over the last four days to permit the hands-on executive to announce a relatively specific timetable for that return is unclear. But in his comments today at an industry breakfast, Marchionne did note that work on the Alfa 4C powertrain is not finalized while the choice of the basic vehicle architecture and the models to come to the U.S. have apparently been locked in place.
Thomas Scutillo

Russellville, OH

#3 Jan 22, 2013

Most of those products will be assembled in Italy but the maker now plans to produce a small, rear-drive sports car in Japan. It will be the result of a joint development effort with Mazda, and it will be produced at one of that maker’s Japanese plants.

The project is similar to one that teamed up Toyota and Subaru, the former maker marketing the sports coupe in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S, Subaru bringing its version here under the BR-Z nameplate. As part of the new joint venture the Mazda sports car will replace the aging Miata. There’s no word on what Alfa will call its model.
Thomas Scutillo

Russellville, OH

#4 Jan 22, 2013
tracking car blue print.....
Thomas Scutillo

Russellville, OH

#5 Jan 22, 2013
In recent months, senior officials with German rival Volkswagen AG have repeatedly suggested Fiat should sell them Alfa. Marchionne has repeatedly insisted Alfa Romeo is not for sale, and on Monday frustratedly told reporters,“I’ve got to come up with a German version of ‘No.’” I think it’s called ‘Nein.’”

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