To be honest, your commentary seems to be better than the magazines. Keep updating us if you read or talk to anyone on this subject. I have read some of the same info in Quattroruote, but you seem to have put it all together better than they did.f1 Tommy,
My commentary is based on excerpts from various conversations and pics that I run across along with SM's speeches and analysis of scenarios that transpire such as production shifts or HW's observations. For example, SM's latest pronouncement that a larger alfa could be made in Michigan suggests that a new flagship originally proposed to be made at Brampton ONT could be shifted to Sterling Heights MI as it was recently expanded for possible alfa production. The original chrysler LX platform isn't suitable for export, so they will probably use an extended C-US Wide platform for it or a new D platform. Another example is FG's intention to use runflat tires on all new vehicles. This is going to be a big mistake as runflat technology is half-baked and costly for owners. On my new Kamal cuv I am going to refuse them and use Yokohama suv tires with Slime tire sealant at the dealer. That is simply more cost effective.
Auto Italia had an article a few issues back on the new "Lancias" in the UK which are just Chryslers made in the US with different bodies and Lancia badges on them.
So, will our new "Alfa Romeos" be merely Chryslers and Dodges with the hallowed Alfa Romeo script plastered on?
Chrysler TC by Maserati anyone?
Yeah, some are. The Golf/Beetle/TT share much in common (platform, hard points, base engines, suspension components). I am not sure if they are all manufactured on the same lines but it shouldn't be hard to find out. They share more in common than VAG would like the (Audi) consumer to know. Of course this is not new, the old Beetle/411 square back/Karmann Ghia are were on the same platform too.Sort of like an Audi is just a Volkswagen with more options and a Audi logo on it?
I wonder what "heritage" he is referring to. Is it the one that's given us fwd, badge-engineered Fiats for the last two decades? Or is it the one that's given us light-weight, independently designed sports cars from the 60's, 70's and 80's?SM has already said that alfa is going to remain true to its heritage.
My guess, would be the latter, if we ever see "new" Alfas. However, I'm not holding my breath to see it happen and if it does my some miracle, I expect a badge-engineered Alfa. We will never see the Alfas that we all knew and loved again...I wonder what "heritage" he is referring to. Is it the one that's given us fwd, badge-engineered Fiats for the last two decades? Or is it the one that's given us light-weight, independently designed sports cars from the 60's, 70's and 80's?
I hope this is in time to placate the Fiat dealers who (as I understand it) are upset that they shelled out cash for new Fiat show rooms but only have the 500 to sell (so far) making it hard to recoup their investment in bricks and mortar.with launch scheduled for early 2013.
I hope that there is a provision for carrying a spare tire. A certain German auto manufacturer does not put a spare tire well in their cars. I hope Alfas aren't going to be that way.Dealers have been informed. The cuv is going to be a huge hit, since specs are top notch. The engine and suspension are alfa exclusives. Bodywork is slightly stretched and modified Giulietta with more room. Hardware is upgraded by Mopar using 409 stainless for the exhaust with italian tuning. A seven speed DCT will be offered along with AWD. Runflat tires is its only fault which is easily remedied as explained earlier. That's due to politics with the tire makers.