Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne may be a very powerful, very intelligent and forward thinking man but his comments about Alfa Romeo and Dodge have left me well and truly baffled.

“The level of competition between these two brands is tremendous because they are both going after the same customer,” is how Marchionne described the relationship between two of the brands he oversees.

Is he serious? The last time I looked at the European Dodge line-up, it featured some rather agricultural brutes such as the Caliber and Journey. Perhaps the one defining characteristic you think of when it comes to Alfa Romeo is the universal good looks across the range. This, respectfully, is not a statement you would attribute to Dodge.

Marchionne goes on to say that Dodge is the American muscle car and Alfa Romeo is the European muscle car. With cars like the SRT-10 and Ram, I would not disagree with the Dodge comments here. But Alfa Romeo is not a muscle car maker. Yes, the 8C is big and powerful, but its styling is certainly not that of a true muscle car.