No green light yet for flagship Alfa Romeo
As soon as the new big models of Maserati are selling well, Sergio Marchionne will also give the green light for the development of a new top model for Alfa Romeo. This will thus not be very soon. The CEO clearly didn’t want to put his cards on the table in an interview with Automotive News. Marchionne once again pulled up a curtain. RWD Alfa’s will eventually come from Mirafiori and share platforms with Maserati. The Fiat-boss also took a few steps back concerning the 4C. This new sports car apparently won’t be introduced in Detroit, but most probably in Geneva and will not be produced in large numbers. The SUV for Alfa Romeo has not yet been planned either, but will also be produced in Italy once it is ready.
As we speak, the production of the new Maserati Quatropporte is beginning in Grugliasco. Maserati will play a key role in FGA’s plans to sell big cars all over the world. This will also be very important to insure the future of the Italian factories by export. If it weren’t for this plan, a factory like Mirafiori would be threatened with closure now.
According to the CEO, there is absolutely no chance of Alfa Romeo ever being sold. Marchionne compared it to VAG selling Audi (which is a little optimistic)… In other words, it’s out of the question.
The Giulia is now in development and according to an American website, the Chrysler 100 is being made ready for production. The latter will also be the successor to the Lancia Delta and will most likely even be produced in Cassino, with both the Italian as well as the American badges. The CEO, however, did not say a word on this matter. After the introduction of the 200 in Detroit, Fiat SpA is counting on reaching the maximum production capacity in the US and then it will be up to the Italian factories such as Mirafiori and Cassino. As already reported, Marchionne hopes to further increase the sales numbers to more than 4,2 million produced cars a year. 5 million units would be an important milestone and it would guarantee the survival of Fiat-group internationally.