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Maserati & Alfa Romeo crossovers to be built in Italy, not Detroit - report

 Maserati & Alfa Romeo crossovers to be built in Italy, not Detroit - report
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A smart move?

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has previously suggested the Maserati Levante would be built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, but union sources are now saying the model will actually be made at the company's Mirafiori plant in Italy.

The change, if true, is surprising as the Levante will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee which is built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. However, it could also indicate the Mirafiori plant could eventually build the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Union sources are also saying Alfa Romeo's crossover could be assembled at the Mirafiori plant as well. Unlike the Levante, the Alfa Romeo crossover is expected to ride on the CUSW platform that underpins the Dodge Dart and the next-generation Jeep Liberty / Cherokee.

Regardless of the final details, the Levante is expected to go into production in 2014 while the Alfa Romeo crossover should follow a year later.

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Comments (9)

 MutantSushi MutantSushi
Could be complete or partial knock-down kit sent from Detroit to Mirafiore?
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May 3, 2013 7:34 pm
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
Is it just me or should Alfa Romeo move up-market? Italy doesn't really have a BMW/Audi/Benz brand. Maserati, in my opinion, is more like Porsche than BMW. It's hard to explain so spare me the hate. But I kind of feel that Alfa Romeo has a great opportunity to reinvent itself now that the group has so many other low-end brands. Bring us the next 159!
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February 6, 2013 11:04 am
 GTurbo GTurbo
Hallelujah!
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February 5, 2013 7:56 pm
 Wickedated Wickedated
Beautiful! Make this already and take my money!
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February 5, 2013 7:10 pm
 edd_lg edd_lg
It's so ugly.
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February 5, 2013 5:27 pm
 w0bble w0bble
I can understand that the Italians would want to build it with their highly trained and skilled maserati workforce. I drove the 2011 Cheep Grand Cherokee and I must say I was pretty impressed. The interior quality is actually better than in most other cars in that price segment. It has a lot of M-class parts and you can tell that by the way it rides and feels. An American car with German parts that ends up as a Maserati who would have thought that? A Merceseratjee so to speak
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February 5, 2013 4:58 pm