Filed under: Geneva Motor Show, Euro, Hatchbacks, Alfa Romeo
As the Italians ready to launch their second attack on BMW's MINI following the debut of the hot-selling Fiat 500, more details of the upcoming "Alfa Junior" emerge with each passing week. The inside scoop now places the new premium hatch for debut at the Geneva show next March, with an anticipated European market launch next October, one year from now.
Based on the already sexy Giugiaro-designed Fiat Grande Punto, AR Project 955 is set to introduce the very best of Italian automotive design and technology to the supermini segment. Sketches released suggest that Alfa's Centro Stile drew inspiration for the front end from the sexiest-thing-on-wheels 8C Competizione and the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano for the tail, with a F430-style lip spoiler and a rear diffuser with twin tailpipes on the top-spec 230-hp version.
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It is now being reported that Alfa is looking to export this car to the states.
Marchionne has also emphasised the importance of the Alfa Romeo 'Junior' project to the brand's US re-launch. The Grande Punto-platform based 'Junior' will be unveiled to the world at the Geneva Motor Show next March, and it is being positioned as a rival to BMW's MINI as well as Audi's forthcoming A1. Fiat "created it [the Junior] for this objective [the USA]," Marchionne told la Stampa. "It is one of the models that we are assessing to export," he added.
The Fiat 500 is also being considered for US exportation if the Smart ForTwo is a success in America.