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Seven Fiat models planned for U.S.

 Seven Fiat models planned for U.S.
New Fiat 500

Four for Chrysler, Three for Alfa / Fiat

Ever since news of a deal between Fiat and Chrysler broke last week there has been speculation over which models would be brought over to the United States from Europe. It now appears that a total of seven models will be offered with four of them being sold under Chrysler nameplates and the other three being sold as Alfa Romeos or Fiats.

Together the two companies would have a host of vehicles in classes ranging from minicars to mid-size vehicles, effectively filling Chrysler's largest product gap. In terms of subcompacts Fiat would bring over the 500 which would be built at Chrysler's plant in Toluca, Mexico and Chrysler would receive a version of the next generation Fiat Panda. Automotive analysts at CSM Worldwide believe the Fiat 500 could go on sale in the US as early as 2012.

For the subcompact class Alfa Romero would bring over the MiTo while Chrysler would get an unspecified model. Compact cars include the replacement for the Alfa 147 and a possible replacement for the Dodge Caliber, both of which will be built on Fiat's C-Evo platform. Finally in the mid-size segment Chrysler would mercifully receive replacements for the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring, these vehicles would ride on an extended version of the C-Evo platform.

Chrysler would also gain the right to produce Fiat's 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines with direct injection, these engine combined with the smaller vehicles should help the company meet the United States' new fuel economy standards which are set to go into effect in 2011. In exchange Fiat would also gain access to Chrysler's newly developed family of V6 Phoenix engines.

While the companies are still working to finalize the proposed deal both parties expect to have an agreement hammered out by April 30. Besides platform and production sharing, Fiat will receive a 35% stake in Chrysler and access to the US market through Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealers.

 

Source: AutoNews.com (Sub req)

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Comments (17)

 TK TK
I just started reading the article. When I see a spelling such as Alfa Romero you lose credibility in what you have written.
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January 17, 2010 5:14 pm
 conleymj conleymj
I've been looking for a Bugatti Veyron BROCHURE since be on sale. LOST several Bids on BUGATTI VEYRON Brochure ebay. It is My Most WANTED brochure in Any language. Next a TATA NANO folder brochure
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May 31, 2009 5:30 am
 conleymj conleymj
I Hope FIAT are Sold in USA. I have seen a FIAT since 1995 while in EUROPE. But I Have OBTAINED and Have Brochures on Current FIAT-500 /Grande Punto /Panda / Sedici /Bravo / ETC & All-Current ALFA Romeo Vehicles Except MiTo & 8c
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May 31, 2009 5:25 am
 tncarlover tncarlover
You might have noticed my selected username for auto blab--Tennessee Car Lover. I have owned more than 50 cars since marrying in 1948, most were American made. I owned 16 cars before marrying. Presently, I have 5: Ford E-350 van, 300M Chrysler, PT Cruiser, Lincoln Cartier Town Car ('96): and a BMW Z3. I like, no love, all of these--no lemons. I enjoy reading the history of Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, and others who were innovative in auto engineering and production. 3 Nashes were, in my opinion, the best cars I ever owned (a 1941, 1952, and a 1956). I have also owned 2 Japanese imports -- thin skinned, no bumpers, but got good mpg and reliability (the kind of cars that my baby boom childrren like, and now my grand children also.) I like an engine that resonates slightly so I can feel in command of 8 or 10 cylinders (but no noise) and a firm suspension and tight steering. I love my 300M for these reasons (actually the V6 gives some of this resonance). All my cars get good mpg except the Club Wagon Van (about 17 solo and 11 when towing our 6,000 lb RV, which is not too bad for a V-10). The others range from 17 (city) to 30 (hwy). Although it is hard to believe, the 1996 Lincoln town car gets about 28 hwy and 20 in metro-city driving. What does this all mean? To me, it means that Americans have had great auto choices in the past and I shudder to think about having no choice other that to own and drive Chinese, Japanese, or Italian cars. Not many Americans probably agree with me. I have loved, and still do love, American cars.
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April 28, 2009 1:29 am
 nebraskaalfafan nebraskaalfafan
First off Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Ferrari all use unique stylers such as pininfarina and Bertone to name a few(I apologize if I mispelled one of those two.) As much as they pride themselves on style the italians particularly the upper levels of fiat group pride their uniquely developed underpinings, engines and other innovative engineerings. The brands of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati didn't get their name for being a A+ design and a C- in performance, they have names for a reason(Ferrari and Alfa Romeo being close to absolute domination in racing at different points in time.) Ferrari wont share underpinings with anyone, even the 250K alfa 8C. So some sort of Ferrari California Super viper forget about it. On the other hand Maserati has been pretty open to the idea of sharing its componants on high end models. As for one on the baseline of the vette maybe an uper level alfa pinings(possibly a whole new segment, a rougher less fancy style, but having maserati/high end RWD alfa underpinings with an american V8) Also maybe a super car with a Viper V10, and Maserati Gran Turismo underpinings? Just thinking about the possibilities, also makes me think that the corvette might need a bailout(it could happen lol) Any ways as for Alfa Romeo the idea that they will become bland won't happen. They have been around for about a hundred years, always had style, always will both over and underneath the hood. Fiat is going to buy out a controlling stake in Chrysler not the other way around. Also with every car company doing bad right now one premium brand is doing well. Maserati sales are up 2%. May not sound like much. But thats a good 12%-22% better than most car companies. I heard a guy with an excellent post, he was american, he said I own a BMW and an alfa both cost alot to fix I just like driving my Alfa more. I bet u never owned an alfa in your life V6's stink. Well american V8's stink, in a year or two they are gonna get smacked by cars that can handle 8-12000 rpms, are taxed by their discplacement, and have 3 companies that produce supercars that can smoke your mustang, Corvette, trans am( Oh wait there is no pontiac on the high end sports car model ohh snap.) Really the only two american cars that I give the nod too is Ford GT (Maybe the new Camaro,) and the Viper and well due to the merger one of the two is on the italian side and probobly will get made better. Also Henry Ford Tipped his hat to one other Car company Alfa Romeo. Don't be mad get glad "V6s Stink" Alfa has been making exciting cars since before the model T changed paint colors. They were able to a defeat Hitlers 400HP super Mercedes just before WWII, and were among the first car companies to have twin turbo's, also used hemi headers before chrysler. Look at the growing trend, IF your an American fan your prolly just outraged that a foreign company that was close to being in the dumpster 5 years ago has recovered, and built up enough strength to buy potentially buy out one of the big 3. If you are an american car fan get with the program, in 6 years buy out GM, 10 years ford, 20 years BMW. Sergio Marchione is my hero and soon to be your favorite car companies CEO.
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April 27, 2009 2:47 pm
 DeRay DeRay
Viper on a Maserati GT platform...that would be something. If they had a Viper with slightly less power and the same price as or better than a base model corvette that might help but then again you now have the challenger srt-8 with 425 so maybe not.
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January 28, 2009 3:19 pm
 DeRay DeRay
Yeah I don't like those Lincoln names and the Charger is legend but key thing is sales. They could probably keep the charger make it a better value compared to say a european sedan(tough to do) and keep the hemi for that muscle thats iconic with the charger,you have to appeal to a larger consumer group than just men who just want power. Every ad from when they introduced the caliber, avenger, charger, nitro and whatever gives the vibe "this is the car you drive if you are a real man. big power, big wheels, big car, go fast" You have the Avenger in the same class as a Camry,Accord,Mazda 6,Altima, and the Chevy malibu. I don't know if a lot of people would chose the avenger over those mentioned. They need to change their strategy on marketing I feel that would help.
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January 27, 2009 8:24 pm
 DeRay DeRay
I am excited to see what comes from this however I agree with the comments that you guys have made about the compatability, prices and also the awful Dodge commercials with guys hauling boats and so on. They really need to change everything. get rid of those names like Avenger, Caliber, Charger(Which some may like) These cars are not competitive in terms of class, fuel economy, value, heck almost everything. Maybe price...oh well good luck to them.
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January 27, 2009 5:39 pm
 alessandro alessandro
As I told you. But so soon! Congrats anyway, singori ALIFSTI! It is a good thing!
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January 26, 2009 11:08 pm
 pxsupply pxsupply
I am excited! But what about Alfa Romeo Brera and the upcoming new Alfa Romeo 169?
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January 26, 2009 5:26 pm
 Motor_Yakuza Motor_Yakuza
Chrysler 500?hahaha wtf No really I mean except maybe for the 159, no other model is compatible with Chrysler brand values, well we will see, I heard that Fiat will merge with PSA or something like that, do u guys know something about that?
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January 26, 2009 5:18 pm
 v6s_stink v6s_stink
This can be such a win-win situation for Fiat and US consumers, or if Fiat does it wrong a total bust. The MiTo should sell strong for its first couple of years, regardless. It is that nice and there is nothing like it here. Fiat can mess this up by doing much of what has been reported. Here are some ways. 1. Taking over UAW contracts and infusing European parts into intentionally "Americanized" offerings is not a good plan. Dr. "What's his name Schprocket" at MB couldn't make that loosing scenario work. 2. Assuming that the Alfa Romeo name carries status that Americans will pay an extra premium price to get. There is probably not two percent of US consumers who know about the original 8C's, the Mille Miglia or Fangio. More people remember little roadsters in the 60's and 70's that had "character issues". 3. Rely too much on badge engineering. I can hear it now. "What do you know this new Fiat/Alfa model? Oh, It's really a Chrysler Sebring with some Italian styling. Italian styling?, It looks sort of like an awkward hybridization between Italy and retro MoPar styling? 4. Make any car with a FWD/V6 layout that pretends to be more than a mid-range family sedan. People looking for this kind of a car are perfectly happy with the offerings of Japan, Inc. Instead, offer an I6 four door coupe with killer Alfa style. Don't charge the extra premiums that Americans currently have to pay over European consumers for brands like BMW. Give the car a classic Alfa name, not a number.
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January 26, 2009 5:00 pm
 housejunkie housejunkie
no 159?
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January 26, 2009 4:17 pm