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Taken from Quattroruote.. looks like a sports Alfa (6C?) will be coming..

Also he doesnt want to talk about sales numbers anymore..!! :wobble:


Alfa Romeo and Maserati, twisted destinies. Also on Alfa Romeo, Marchionne expressed considerations: "I do not want my successor to suffer what I suffered by meeting the press which continually reminds me of the lack of volume objectives. We will not give it anymore: we will talk about financial goals. We had to create a basic technical infrastructure shared with Maserati able to compete with the Germans. The cooperation between ALFA and Maserati works, and that is the real question. Maserati without Alfa would have very short legs. With Giulia and Stelvio we have demonstrated our technical level: Now let our business offices work. " The answers on the forehead of possible derivatives of the Giulia remain oblique: While Marchionne has not commented on the possibility of a coupe variant, it has opened the door to a greater commitment of Alfa Romeo on the front of sports models. "There is no doubt." But until June the considerations will remain vague. More clear ones on the future of the myth: "The market for the three compact doors has strongly contracted." The first Maserati on ALFA architecture we will see between late 2019 and early 2020. And it will be produced in Italy, like all the other models of the two brands: "We have production capacity in Italy for the decisions we have taken in the past on Cassino, Mirafiori and the former factories Bertone. With that strategy we have guaranteed a future to the Italian production network.
 

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Sergio certainly isn't a fan of any Fiat Chrysler products. No sentiment wasted there as it may impair shareholder value.
 

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At Geneva this year, no Lancia(of course) , Opel , Mito or Giulietta. Fiat is a bit thin on the ground too. Sergio cannot be trusted really , on past experience.
 

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Sergio is retiring soon and I'm guessing his parachute will be gilded depending on the share price... so neglecting the stuff that makes less profit (but incidentally keeps the factories open, so Sergio can make the premium products he chooses) is a sad consequence.

I'm hoping his successor will sign off a new Punto/Mito and also a new RWD Giulietta/Delta on their first day through the door. FCA will have enough SuV's in the pipeline by then.

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Sergio is retiring soon and I'm guessing his parachute will be gilded depending on the share price... so neglecting the stuff that makes less profit (but incidentally keeps the factories open, so Sergio can make the premium products he chooses) is a sad consequence.

I'm hoping his successor will sign off a new Punto/Mito and also a new RWD Giulietta/Delta on their first day through the door. FCA will have enough SuV's in the pipeline by then.

Ralf S.
Be careful, now BMW have switched the 1 series to FWD, a RWD Giulietta will be panned for the packaging issues!
 

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Be careful, now BMW have switched the 1 series to FWD, a RWD Giulietta will be panned for the packaging issues!
Aye! But I think there is some merit (even if only journalistes masturbation rights :D ) to have a RWD Giulietta hatch... which if it was me, I would share with a new Delta or Chrysler model, even an SuV :D (since it'd be too expensive for a Fiat...) to get some volumes out of it.

I appreciate that Sergio's replacement might only go half way.. take a 500X platform (which I think can trace its lineage to Dart and therefore the last Giulietta) and heavily revamp it to make an up-to-date FWD "Evo Evo-C" (Evo-C squared?) platform that a Giulietta and etc. could be based on. I'd settle for that.

More pressing for me (as imaginery FCA CEO) would seem to be the lack of super-mini. I'd bust my 'arris to get a new MiTo out.

That platform *could* then be de-engineered to make it cheap enough to also build a new Punto... but since at night time I'd have to explain myself to the ghost of Gianni Agnelli, I'd maybe build the Punto on that "superior" Mito platform .. become "class leading" again and suffer the shareholder's wrath later... :D


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