Blame a European economic situation that’s rapidly approaching critical mass, or blame Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne’s obsession with details. Whatever the case, Alfa Romeo has announced that the U.S. introduction of the Giulia midsize sedan and the Giulietta compact hatchback will be delayed another year, and won’t make their U.S. debut before 2014. That leaves Fiat dealers with nothing to sell except the Fiat 500 for the next two or three years.
The only Alfa that remains on schedule for a U.S. launch is the MiTo subcompact hatchback, shown above. The MiTo will offer Italian car fans an alternative to the Fiat 500, when it hits the U.S. market in 2013. Assuming, of course, that the global economy doesn’t worsen further, and assuming that Alfa Romeo’s launch timeline isn’t further extended. The 4C sports car is still on track for a late 2013 launch, but it will be built in limited quantities at a price north of $60,000. It’s sexy, but it’s not enough to carry off the relaunch of a brand in a major market.
Alfa Romeo has also binned plans to build an SUV on the Jeep Liberty platform in Toledo, Ohio. Instead, the Italian automaker will introduce a full size sedan built on the Maserati Quattroporte platform sometime in 2014.
Unless, of course, its plans change again.
Source: Automotive News