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The Providence Fiat dealer is actually going to be Metro Fiat of RI in Johnston RI
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On my way to work today (I commute from Boston to Danvers) I saw a dealership being rehabbed/renovated. The sign said Future site of Fiat/Alfa dealership.

This was located on 114 in Danvers, MA. Anyone else seeing anything like this happening across the country?

I'll grab some photos tomorrow, so you all dont think I'm lying!!
I think you are lying.

This thread was started on 11-29-10. We were told we would get pictures on 11-30-10. Now it's 12-03-10.
 

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Picture Proof

Well guys-he's not lying!! I had to drive down there myself to make sure. See pictures below. These are shots taken on route 114, on the border of Danvers/Peabody, MA, looking North. The existing building looks large enough to display more than one or two models, but who knows-the lot's large enough to perhaps add more space as well.
So, it's looking good for Fiat, but I for one am still sceptical about AR being able to pass through all these 'hurdles'. Nevertheless-it's good to finally see 'Alfa Romeo' script on a sign again.
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The number of supplier contracts for Alfa Romeo and signed commitments by dealers to build dealerships would make it very costly for Fiat to pull the plug now. It would take the sale of Alfa Romeo or an enormous disaster to stop this freight train now. Engineering and prototype development have been largely completed and are moving to the next stage of purchase of specialized welding equipment, etc. U.S. franchise laws would punish Fiat and Chrysler if they halted at this stage, something they cannot afford. In short, follow the money trail to see that it's gonna happen.

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Well guys-he's not lying!! I had to drive down there myself to make sure. See pictures below. These are shots taken on route 114, on the border of Danvers/Peabody, MA, looking North. The existing building looks large enough to display more than one or two models, but who knows-the lot's large enough to perhaps add more space as well.
So, it's looking good for Fiat, but I for one am still sceptical about AR being able to pass through all these 'hurdles'. Nevertheless-it's good to finally see 'Alfa Romeo' script on a sign again.
RB
Stupid question - Was that building a previous Chrysler dealership?
 

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Boy-can you believe it: all we have to do is wait another two years!!

I'll be looking at the Abarth 500 as soon as it (hopefully) gets here.

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Wasn't there a thread about that 5 or 6 years ago? Two more Years? Hmmm . . .
 

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Bruce, I can't wait for that two more years thread to show up in two more years.
 

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I just wonder what Nostradamus has to say about it. He was good at this kind of stuff: prognosticating Armageddon and other assorted raptures. . .
 

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Many of us would love one. 180out & I were just discussing that the other day. Perhaps retrofitting a Nuovo diesel into a Super. Would love to wait for a turbo diesel. Don't know what the marketing gurus say. Diesel made a move here for awhile when diesel was relatively cheaper but it has now caught up and passed petrol. It is mostly just trucks and a few older imports. I do believe our particulates and sulfur emission limits are tighter than Y'urp.
 

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I just wonder what Nostradamus has to say about it. He was good at this kind of stuff: prognosticating Armageddon and other assorted raptures. . .
I think the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012 because they gave up waiting for Alfa to return.
 

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Alfa already here - I seens it on the teevee

But first, giving credit where credit is due..

I think the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012 because they gave up waiting for Alfa to return.
AlfaVeloce - this made my week. :D:D:D

Did anyone elses heart drop when they saw this pic. I expected just a bit more. SIGH :eek:
And, aldo, stop reading my mind. I was anticipating a pastor's misspelling on the local house of worship's marquee, making an unintentionally risque funny on the last page of an old Car&Driver.

Well done, gentlemen.

Now, allow me to state up front that I wish Fiat/Alfa all the success in the world. Nothing would make me happier than seeing their wonderful little cars buzzing around our towns and roads and having a few new ones of my own in the garage.

That said... the Fiat 500 that showed up at the SF Intl. Car Show, with its 6 ft., 90 lbs. fashion model escort who looked vaguely familiar (see upper right - Carmakers: Fiat plays double or quits with Chrysler | The Economist), had a decent crowd surrounding it.

The five things I noticed, in order of appearance were..

..some awful colors: pale beige-grey-green (could be close to an orig. color in the 60's) and bright metallic orange/copper. It would have killed them to have a red one, I suppose.

..a poorly hand-written sign that suggested you don't attempt to shut the hatch on the beige one because the battery was dead and it wouldn't open again.

..a chromed plastic driver's side door handle surround that was falling off.

..the dark grey plastic interior door panels looked like someone had taken a belt sander to every area touched by hands/fingernails (upper half) or shoe soles (lower half).

.. one of the spokesmodels pushed a single, folded, ragged sheet of lined notebook paper in front of me, on which I was to record my "potential customer" info - I dutifully left an address/email, so we shall see.

And no, the 6 ft. brunette and I did not have dinner together regardless of that photo-shopped image splashed across the covers at the supermarket checkout magazine display.

Of all the above, the notebook paper was the one that stood out for me.

I bought a new 164 in '93 when Alfa was pulling out of the U.S. I assumed the service would be cr*p and it was. I'd worked for the Griswold Alfa dealership in Berkeley for a few years in the 80's in the parts dept. - and while the cars (and the mechanics/service there) overall were not cr*p, the numerous warranty issues contributed to the dealership's and Alfa's demise.

When I heard (the first time) that Alfa was coming back, my immediate response was, "How will they shoot themselves in the foot this time?"

The sheet of notebook paper is simply symbolic for me of the level of attention, consideration and seriousness that Chrysler/Fiat/Alfa will take with this effort. But being a loyal enthusiast, I will attempt to assist and advise wherever possible. The "dealer" in SF, Putnam, has a Toyota dealership south of here. If you grew up in the Bay Area, the phrase, "Putnam Buick.. in Burlingame" probably has some significance. I swear the guy in the ad was 70 years old in the 60's, and he still does them today, so they either defrost him every few years for the ads, or something even stranger is going on..

[..] the new Alfa SUV [..]
This is just priceless. And wrong on so many levels it makes my head want to explode. Stop me before I kill again.

Oh, and the Alfa on the teevee.. Yesterday, I caught an animated ad for Michelin hi-techie aerodynamic wiper blades (I kid you not). The reddish cartoon auto braving snow, ice and sleet was clearly intended to "resemble" an Alfa. Note the shape of the grill. I couldn't find it online, but I'm pretty sure in the couple of frames where you can make out the front of the car, I know what the animator had in mind.

Or.. am I just projecting my sordid wants and depraved desires on innocent cartoon cars? Perhaps I should get some professional help. Thanks for listening, though. :)
 

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Oh, and the Alfa on the teevee.. Yesterday, I caught an animated ad for Michelin hi-techie aerodynamic wiper blades (I kid you not). The reddish cartoon auto braving snow, ice and sleet was clearly intended to "resemble" an Alfa. Note the shape of the grill. I couldn't find it online, but I'm pretty sure in the couple of frames where you can make out the front of the car, I know what the animator had in mind. Or.. am I just projecting my sordid wants and depraved desires on innocent cartoon cars? Perhaps I should get some professional help. Thanks for listening, though. :)
I saw that Michelin commercial also, with the triangular shaped heart grill on the peppy little red car. As to the marketing prowess you cited, just sad. No tekkie XYZ'er is gonna go for that. They don't even know what notebook paper and a #2 pencil is. Sad. And crap already failing? Sad. Oh well. Back to the 105's . . . Like MS Vista, I'll give this one a while to mature.
 

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I saw that Michelin commercial also...
I posted this on Dec 1.:
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/alfa-romeo-videos/173703-car-michelin-stealth-wiper-blade-ad-alfa-maybe.html#post948959
Still haven't found it on youtube or the web.

And Frank I'm glad you liked that one liner. It just sort of popped in there while I was reading the posts.

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I was looking for an old post about my wife's late Volvo and came across one from another Frank (one my neighbors here in AL, actually) and he'd made a comment linking the Mayan Calendar to Alfa's return in 2012. I wasn't thinking about that at the time, but credit where due. Frank in Huntsville had it first.
 

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[..] http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/alfa-romeo-videos/173703-car-michelin-stealth-wiper-blade-ad-alfa-maybe.html#post948959 [..]

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[..] another Frank (one my neighbors here in AL, actually) and he'd made a comment linking the Mayan Calendar to Alfa's return in 2012. I wasn't thinking about that at the time, but credit where due. Frank in Huntsville had it first.
AlfaVeloce - You are a man of honor. If that's flivesay, he has provided much good info for my various diagnostic efforts over the last few years. I'm just glad you repeated it, or I'd have missed it!

And good catch on the commercial, too.

I just wonder what Nostradamus has to say about it. He was good at this kind of stuff: prognosticating Armageddon and other assorted raptures. . .
Anfanuts - I left out your comment - which was equally clever and a good setup for the Mayan Calendar ref.

You guys are too quick.
 
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