Alfa Romeo Announces in Frankfurt More Delays In Its Return to the U.S.
Plans for an Alfa Romeo mid-size SUV, scheduled to be built at Chrysler’s Toledo factory and sold in the U.S. in 2014, have been cancelled. The Alfa Romeo SUV was intended to replace the Jeep Liberty. Sergio Marchionne CEO of Fiat and Chrysler Group and Chairman of Chrysler told audiences at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show that the European debt crisis has forced Fiat and Chrysler to examine the timing of new vehicle introductions.
The 4C now is scheduled to arrive mid-2013, is a baby version of the 8C. A few 8Cs have been sold through Maserati dealerships in the U.S. The 4C will be a rear-wheel drive, low volume coupe with a carbon fiber body and a 250-horsepower turbocharged, 1.8 liter direct-injection, 4-cylinder engine. A 5-door hatchback, the MiTo, will follow in the second half of 2013 as originally planned.
The arrival of Alfa Romeo's Giulietta, a compact hatchback, in the U.S. has been pushed from 2013 to 2014.