Rumor: Chrysler adding Alfa Romeo to lineup

Rumor has it that the Alfa Romeo Giuletta will replace the Dodge Caliber in the beleaguered automaker's lineup to boost Chrysler's CAFE rating.

A version of the 42 mpg Alfa Romeo Guiletta could replace the Dodge Caliber crossover in the next couple years.
A version of the 42 mpg Alfa Romeo Guiletta could replace the Dodge Caliber crossover in the next couple years. Fiat

There hasn't been a lot of news from Chrysler lately, but rumor has it that papa Fiat will be sending a version of the Alfa Romeo Giuletta to the U.S., according to a article in the Detroit Free Press. The proposed model will be built on Fiat's C-EVO underbody and look similar to the Guiletta. The Alfa Romeo, which could begin production late next year, should replace the Dodge Caliber crossover in the beleaguered automaker's lineup, and Chrylser and Jeep could also get a version of the five-door Italian hatchback.

The 2010 Alfa Romeo Guiletta fetches approximately 42 mpg (5.6 liters per 100 km) in the European urban test cycle, and could help Chrysler meet the 35 mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy rating in 2016. The Detroit carmaker's CAFE for 2010 is 27.6 mpg. The Fiat 500 , the Italian automaker's first contribution Chrysler, lauches this year followed by an electric version of the retro car in 2012. Both models are needed to help boost Chrysler's CAFE rating since the manufacturer scrapped its ENVI electric vehicle program and diesels have yet catch on in the U.S., but by how much will be determined by sales. Fiat is targeting 50,000 sales of the Fiat 500 in its first year. That could be a tall order--BMW moved only 24,590 Mini Coopers in 2002, the first year it introduced the British compact to the States, and with a lot more fanfare and media hype that Chrysler is producing.

Source: Detroit Free Press

 

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