Sergio Marchionne issues a hands-off warning to VW over its interest in buying Alfa

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has issued a hands-off warning to Volkswagen over Alfa Romeo.

VW has long been linked with purchasing Alfa from Fiat, but Marchionne has again dismissed the reports, saying instead that VW should concentrate on fixing Seat.

"As long as I am CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, Mr [Ferdinand] Piech will never have Alfa Romeo,” Marchionne told a JD Power automotive conference in the US. “It's hands-off. I told him. I will call him and I will email him."

“I'm not the one who bought Seat. He's the one who bought it. I don't know if he can [fix it], but he needs to try."

Full story: VW boss 'interested' in Alfa

VW chairman Piech and CEO Martin Winterkorn have often spoken of their desire to add Alfa to the VW Group roster.

“Alfa’s a beautiful brand but there are quality issues with the engines and suspension systems for example,” Winterkorn told Autocar at last year’s Paris motor show. “I’m quite sure we could make a beautiful brand out of Alfa again.”

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