Fiat's Compact Wide architecture, used on the Alfa Giulietta, will spawn a small Dodge saloon

Dodge will be the first Chrysler brand to launch a model based on a Fiat platform, Sergio Marchionne has revealed.

The Fiat and Chrysler Group CEO said the new small Dodge saloon would be based on Fiat’s Compact Wide architecture, also used on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (pictured).

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The model will be available in the US from late 2011 and would ultimately replace the Caliber in Dodge’s line-up when that car is phased out from mid-2012.

Marchionne described the Giulietta and its architecture “as the most advanced mass-produced car Fiat has ever had” and “at Chrysler, Dodge will use it”.

Marchionne said a variant of the new saloon capable of 48mpg would also be made available as part of plans to improve the economy and reduce CO2 emissions of Chrysler’s vehicles.

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25 October 2010

Hell, if you're going to put up with the quirkiness and general unreliability of an Alfa Romeo, you might as well have the sex-appeal and the badge to go with it.

I can see no appeal whatsovever for this Dodge Alfa mongrel, it is surely just a latter day Arna.

25 October 2010

[quote LP in Brighton]

Hell, if you're going to put up with the quirkiness and general unreliability of an Alfa Romeo, you might as well have the sex-appeal and the badge to go with it.

I can see no appeal whatsovever for this Dodge Alfa mongrel, it is surely just a latter day Arna.

[/quote] Well, let's at least first see what this car looks like and how well it is built and drives before we dismiss it out of hand, shall we?

25 October 2010

[quote Overdrive]

Hell, if you're going to put up with the quirkiness and general unreliability of an Alfa Romeo, you might as well have the sex-appeal and the badge to go with it.

I can see no appeal whatsovever for this Dodge Alfa mongrel, it is surely just a latter day Arna.

[/quote]

well, we know what Brighton is famous for, don't we darling

25 October 2010

[quote pabs]

[quote Overdrive]

Hell, if you're going to put up with the quirkiness and general unreliability of an Alfa Romeo, you might as well have the sex-appeal and the badge to go with it.

I can see no appeal whatsovever for this Dodge Alfa mongrel, it is surely just a latter day Arna.

[/quote]

well, we know what Brighton is famous for, don't we darling

[/quote] Indeed we do, but I believe that was LP's comment, not mine!

25 October 2010

[quote Overdrive]

[quote Overdrive]

well, we know what Brighton is famous for, don't we darling

[/quote] Indeed we do, but I believe that was LP's comment, not mine[/quote]

computer error. Sorry Sugarplum

25 October 2010

Considering the good reviews of the testers for the Alfa, the american market is crying out for a home built model that combines good fuel economy and handling. I fail to see the correlation between the ARNA fiasco and a proper platform sharing excercise between Alfa and its partner Chrysler.

Better we wait for the product before we condemn. What did LP think the reasons for the joint venture were originally anyhow? Fiat SpA needs the volume of the USA market and Chrysler needs modern technology to compete in a world market. Where's the harm in that?

25 October 2010

[quote DSP123]Considering the good reviews of the testers for the Alfa, the american market is crying out for a home built model that combines good fuel economy and handling. I fail to see the correlation between the ARNA fiasco and a proper platform sharing excercise between Alfa and its partner Chrysler.[/quote] The Focus will be there ages before that will be launched, I could even imagine that the Astra sneaks back to the US market earlier as we see theis Dodge in action. Product-wise Fiat possibly solves the serious packaging problems of the Caliber. But it will be interesting to see what design identity the car will have (current design laguage is outdated), or will it be a badge engineered Alfa? Oh, and the reliability issue...

25 October 2010

Good to read fair-minded comment on Fiat's risky US adventure.

There's a glaring contradiction claiming European cars are always better than American ones, yet the day a European manufacturer moves into the North American market suddenly it is portrayed less competent than US makers.

25 October 2010

[quote optimal_909] I could even imagine that the Astra sneaks back to the US market earlier as we see theis Dodge in action. [/quote] The Astra is already planned for the U.S as a Buick, as G.M has the Cruze. Buick also got the Insignia, would have been a smart move as the Insignia isn't terrible, but being Buick they priced it at almost 3 series level to compete with 3 series and c-class!

Almost every other manufacturer platform shares - so good luck with Dodgiat and Chrysfla.

25 October 2010

[quote theonlydt]The Astra is already planned for the U.S as a Buick, as G.M has the Cruze. Buick also got the Insignia, would have been a smart move as the Insignia isn't terrible[/quote] I know that the LaCrosse is based on the Insignia, but was the Insignia introduced in the US? Anyway, it's would not be surprising after the death of Saturn and that the Chinese already get these cars as Buick (I already saw a Buick "Astra" somewhere in China). @Los Angeles EU makers considered superior largely because of the Germans. And I don't see Fiat's operations a success, apart the 500 the product-line is flawed - bean counters may run a manfuacturer efficiently for some time, but never succeed to produce balanced product range (Morchionne and Ghosn are both good examples).

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