Successor Alfa Romeo MiTo has been postponed
According to an Italian blog the second generation Alfa Romeo MiTo has been canceled (for now) together with the successor of the Punto. Just recently we reported that the next MiTo would be produced together with the 500X and Jeepster at the same production facility where the current versions are built (Mirafiori). According to the website Auto Premium, which seems to have inside information, the current model (available from 2008) will still be produced but won’t be updated.
Alfa Romeo mentioned earlier something about a new 5-door model, positioned under the Giulietta, according to the rumors this model is canceled for the upcoming years. All is related to Fiat’s strategy to keep cashflow low for the conventional B-segment models, which mainly sell on the European continent. Marchionne even mentioned it to be an expensive mistake, if Fiat would develop these models. Fiat is searching for a partner to co-develop these B-segment cars, Mazda is one of the interested. When plans are developed, cash flow can be extended, this would be around 2014. Marchionne also explains why the development of the Fiat 500L, 500X and Jeepster can be pursued, because of Serbian Government investments and the export to the US. Summarizing all the information we can say that a compact Alfa Romeo would be too much competition for the 500 in the US, so it doesn’t fit the global strategy of Alfa Romeo.