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Cars Coming Soon: Chrysler to Bring More FIAT, Alfa Romeo Cars to U.S.

January 31st, 2013
Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C: The future of Chrysler is bright

“What Chrysler would you buy today? What does the future hold for coming cars, and when will FIAT’s influence be noticed?”

These questions surfaced while out for a couple of pints with the guys this week. You might think we’d talk about girls and football and other exciting, enticing topics. But no, we talk about Chrysler instead.

FIAT’s ownership of Chrysler is already being felt. In fact, it might be the best thing to ever happen to the Auburn Hills company. Net income for 2012 approached $2 billion. Market share grew to over 11%. The new Dodge Dart is based on FIAT architecture. Good things are happening at Chrysler, with even more good coming. New vehicles of all kinds are on the way for all brands that now sit under FIAT’s U.S. umbrella.

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Enter the Mazda Romeo

January 21st, 2013

Would a Mazda/Alfa Romeo tie-up look like this?

Keeping to our continuing theme of small RWD sports cars, it’s with excitement that I read about a partnership between Mazda and Alfa Romeo to co-develop the next-generation MX-5 Miata.

We first heard about a potential tie-up between the Italians the Japanese back in May, and now it’s official and a deal has been signed that’ll also bring a new roadster to Alfa Romeo.

Is it safe to assume the new Alfa will be sold in the United States?

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Alfa Romeo in America? Yes! Maybe. Someday.

September 5th, 2012
Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C rendering

When FIAT took over Chrysler, there were great possibilities for more Italian models to grace showroom floors here. So far, all we’ve seen is the tiny, but fun, FIAT 500 and the super-exclusive Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

Promises of more Alfa models have teased those of us in the U.S. for a while now, but all we seem to get are announcements declaring another delay in getting the brand over here.

Could those delays be because Volkswagen wants to buy Alfa? Or is FIAT CEO Sergio Marchionne just fine-tuning the American Alfa offering?

Reports are all over the board.

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Cars Coming Soon: If Toyota and Subaru Can Team Up, Why Not Mazda and Fiat?

May 24th, 2012

Mazda Shinari concept

I think it’s safe to say that Toyota and Subaru have started a trend.

By teaming up and bringing back the inexpensive, RWD sports car, the companies may have double-handedly revived a market for fun performance. Now, it’s confirmed that Mazda and Fiat have inked a “Memorandum of Understanding” to develop a roadster based on the MX-5 platform that is expected to see production in Mazda’s Hiroshima factory, with an Alfa Romeo version coming in 2015.

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Which European Brand Would You Bring to the U.S.?

October 4th, 2011
Peugeot 508 diesel hybrid

Peugeot 508 RXH

American drivers have an inferiority complex.

We’ve long pined over cars sold in Europe that are not available for purchase in the United States. It’s a complex that we Yankees have never been able to shake, though there are signs that it’s finally starting to subside.

One reason for that is we’re finally starting to get some of the vehicles we’ve always wanted. The Ford Fiesta and FIAT 500 are leading that charge, though it remains to be seen if buyers on this side of the Atlantic will embrace them long-term. The other reason for the diminishing complex is younger drivers and their complete lack of interest in cars. Why would they care what Europeans get to drive when they don’t see cars as anything more than a portable iPhone accessory?

With that in mind, here’s the question of the day:

If you could bring one European brand to the U.S., which would it be: Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Seat or Skoda?

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Volkswagen Wants Alfa Romeo, Powered by Porsche?

March 16th, 2011
Alfa Romeo 4C: Powered by Porsche?

Alfa Romeo 4C: Powered by Porsche?

In Volkswagen’s relentless quest to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018, the company has set its sights on a new conquest:

Alfa Romeo.

But current Alfa owner Fiat has shown no interest in selling the brand, which it hopes to re-introduce into the American market, possibly with the super-sexy 4C.

Past experience, though, has shown that what VW wants, VW gets. And honestly, this sounds like an acquisition that can truly benefit the struggling Italian brand.

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