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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Could be complete or partial knock-down kit sent from Detroit to Mirafiore?
May 3, 2013 7:34 pm
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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!
Feb 6, 2013 11:04 am
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Feb 5, 2013 7:56 pm
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Beautiful! Make this already and take my money!
Feb 5, 2013 7:10 pm
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It's so ugly.
Feb 5, 2013 5:27 pm
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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
Feb 5, 2013 4:58 pm
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Dude von Dudenstein
Yeah, Jeep-Chrysler-Dodge is getting better and better. The new 300 is also worth a look if you're buying in the 28,000-38,000 or so price range.
Feb 6, 2013 4:22 am
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I love how the 300 has the same aisin automatic gear lever as the Audi A8 Never driven the 300, would be interesting to see how it stacks up to its competitors
Feb 6, 2013 5:32 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
@alexh87: Few cars in that price range have that amount of luxury (temperature controllable cup holders, heated steering wheel, heated seats, etc.). You'll have to get at least the 300 Limited, not the 300 base model. Don't know for sure what the competitors are. Maybe Buick LaCrosse, Lexus ES or maybe Cadillac ATS, Lincoln MKZ? I personally love the 300S. You can choose some nice brown and red upholstery for its interior.
Feb 7, 2013 5:28 am
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