With Alfa Romeo’s curvaceous 4C sports coupe set to herald the marque’s triumphant return to North American shores when   it goes on sale here for the 2015 model year, […]

Alfa Romeo appoints four Canadian dealers

With Alfa Romeo's curvaceous 4C sports coupe set to herald the marque's triumphant return to North American shores when it goes on sale here for the 2015 model year, the big question was "Where will they be sold?" Alfa Romeo is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which also owns Maserati, and conflicting rumours hinted that the 4C might be sold either through select Fiat dealers, or through Maserati dealers.

Now Fiat Chrysler has answered the dealership question, appointing 86 Alfa Romeo dealer franchises across North America and promising more to come by the end of the year. Most of the franchises appear to be Fiat dealers, although there are a few Maserati dealers sprinkled into the mix as well.

Canada gets four Alfa Romeo dealerships initially, with one in Toronto, one in Vancouver, and two in Quebec. The remaining 82 dealerships are spread across the U.S. Only 33 states will get franchises initially, with the highest concentrations in California, Texas and Florida. Read Full Story
Fiat-Chrysler’s Automobiles’ recently announced five-year strategic plan has its share of winners and losers – the to-be-discontinued 2014 Maserati Alfieri Coupe Concept (Photo: Maserati)…

Alfa Romeo and Maserati plan multiple new models

Fiat-Chrysler's Automobiles' recently announced five-year strategic plan has its share of winners and losers - the to-be-discontinued Dodge Grand Caravan and Avenger being two examples of the latter - but for fans of Italian sports cars it looks like a bonanza.

The bonanza stems from aggressive development plans for the company's Alfa Romeo and Maserati marques. Between them, the two Italian sports car builders have been given the go-ahead to develop something like 14 new vehicles. To get the development rolling at Alfa Romeo, FCA has set aside 5 billion Euros - nearly $7 billion US - to fund a skunk works staffed by 200 of the brightest engineers from throughout the various FCA companies, with that number growing to 600 by next year.

The skunk works has been given significant autonomy and a mission statement to develop up to eight new models worthy of the Alfa Romeo name. Key attributes demanded of the new models include advanced powertrains, perfect 50/50 weight balance, Read Full Story
For North American fans of Italian sports cars, the opening of the New York International Auto Show in mid-April promises to   be the biggest event in 20 years. Why’s […]

Alfa Romeo 4C to debut at New York auto show

For North American fans of Italian sports cars, the opening of the New York International Auto Show in mid-April promises to be the biggest event in 20 years. Why's that? Because Alfa Romeo has chosen New York for the North American debut of its striking 4C sports coupe, marking the official return of the marque to these shores after several years of rumour and speculation, and a full 20 years since it pulled out of North America.

According to industry sources, the initial plan is to sell the exotic mid-engined sports coupe at a few select dealerships that already handle Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' upmarket Maserati brand. Over the longer term, however, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has suggested that the Alfa Romeo 4C won't be the lone Alfa Romeo, with other models under consideration for import and "better performing" Fiat dealers being allowed to participate in Alfa Romeo sales.

Future models will likely include the 4C Spider, which is expected to go into production Read Full Story
In a move that will create the world’s seventh-largest car company once it’s signed off, Fiat announced that it has purchased Fiat now owns 100 percent of Chrysler. (Photo: Fiat) […]

Fiat now owns 100 percent of Chrysler

In a move that will create the world's seventh-largest car company once it's signed off, Fiat announced that it has purchased the remaining 41 percent of Chrysler shares that it did not already own.

The agreement, worth about $4.3 billion total, comes after a long series of negotiations with Veba, the UAW-affiliated healthcare trust that currently owns the remaining Chrysler shares. The UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) represents 390,000 active workers and 600,000 retired workers in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, with Veba looking after the benefits of 117,000 retired Chrysler workers and their dependents.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne called the deal "one of those defining moments that will go down in history books" and said he plans to widen the company's global reach. Robert Naftaly, the chair of the committee that governs Veba said, "This agreement is in the best interests of the trust's UAW Chrysler retiree members and Read Full Story