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italo
02-21-2005, 10:42 AM
<A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=101848" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=101848</A><p>Fiat Auto's new CEO making plans to bring Alfa Romeo back to U.S., sources say<p>LUCA CIFERRI | Automotive News Europe <br>Posted Date: 2/21/05<p>TURIN, Italy -- Sergio Marchionne, the Italian-Canadian finance expert who took over Fiat Auto last week, plans to bring Alfa Romeo back to the United States as soon as 2007, say suppliers and others.<p>Since Fiat joined with General Motors in 2000, Alfa has had three false starts toward the United States. But there are two advantages this time:<p>1. Marchionne has moved Maserati's ownership from Ferrari to Fiat Group so Maserati and Alfa can share platforms and the costs of federalizing cars for U.S. standards.<p>2. In the breakup of the GM/Fiat Group alliance, GM agreed to provide Northstar V-8 engines to Alfa and help federalize the cars.<p>Alfa executives plan to recruit established U.S. dealers. They believe Maserati's U.S. network is too small and too upscale.<p>Maserati will base its next-generation Spyder and its Kubang crossover on Alfa's Premium platform.<p>"The Premium platform has to be federalized, and Alfa could now share these costs," a source says.<p>Marchionne hopes to send Alfa to America with four models on the platform:<p>1. The Brera 2+2 coupe, which debuts next week at the Geneva auto show.<p>2. The 159 lower-premium sedan, also debuting at Geneva.<p>3. A Spyder derived from the Brera, expected to debut at Geneva next year.<p>4. The production version of the Kamal concept SUV with Northstar.<p>The Kamal is expected to go on sale in Europe in mid-2007. Until it left the U.S. market in 1995, Alfa Romeo had sold cars there since 1952.<br>

syclone
02-27-2005, 11:43 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>italo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">1. Marchionne has moved Maserati's ownership from Ferrari to Fiat Group so Maserati and Alfa can share platforms and the costs of federalizing cars for U.S. standards.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>makes sense to me, i just hope maserati doesn't get watered down at all.

Gian86
03-01-2005, 03:30 AM
Is that true that Alfa's 8C Competizione and Fiat's Trepi¬Ěno will not be built in production form after Fiat and GM break up???????? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>It's said on few websites sinced late last month. I'm going to be upset if that's official. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0">

summersun54
03-01-2005, 06:45 AM
Was the new premium platform not built with America in mind? so im sure it only requires the minimal of fettling to federalise it...<p>its a brand newe platfrom desigfned for the world market as Saab were in on it also at the beginning and obviously they are sold in the us

Santeno
03-03-2005, 11:40 AM
here is a bit more info on Fiat's upcoming plans and how GM ties into them:<p><A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/News_Article.asp?NA_ID=213901" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....13901</A>

CarMattZu777
03-03-2005, 09:36 PM
That Kamal SUV is really cool! I hope they sell that here, but would it be expensive? Fiat isnt an expensive brand is it??

Roadster44
03-06-2005, 04:53 PM
Like I stated in my previous posts regarding brand indentity...Alfa needs to provide emotional styling with strong driving pleasure and basic luxury amendments. That way it won't touch Maseratti and yet will take sales away from BMW (1 to 3 series, X5, Z4). I'd also like to see Coupe Competizone (however it is spelled) priced as a $40k car. No reason why they can't use that gorgeous styling and keep the price low.

Nodnarb
08-30-2005, 10:42 AM
Well, Alfa made it official at Pebble Beach.<p><A HREF="http://www.italiaspeed.com/2005/events/pebble_beach/8c_spider/2908.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.italiaspeed.com/200....html</A>

mzoltarp
09-13-2005, 06:03 AM
Stunning!! Let's hope it makes good noises, it well put together, and has a believable price.

Ascariss
09-13-2005, 08:16 AM
Hopefully alfa will decide to bring hte 148 hatch here as well.

knihc2008
09-13-2005, 06:24 PM
hopefully the alfa dealers will support their cars well, and the cars themselves are at least of BMW or mercedes quality, reliability wise.<p>if so, alfa could be a real killer.