29 November 2004

Alfa Romeo’s next-generation 147 could be based on the Fiat Stilo (right). In a recent interview, Fiat Auto boss Herbert Demel revealed that Fiat would not be sharing Astra-sized platforms with General Motors until 2012 at the earliest.

‘Right now, Fiat Auto are going to converge to a single platform for our various future C-segment [Astra-sized] models,’ he told an industry paper.

Other sources have also told Autocar that Alfa’s original plan for a more expensively engineered platform is likely to get the chop. Unlike the current 147 – which is built on a chopped-down 156 chassis – the upcoming 157’s costly Premium platform doesn’t lend itself to being shrunk.

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