I doub that's the thinking. But let's hope. And yes, it is still a big pity.Aye! A Giulia coupe (it was touted as an Audi A5 type of car) is more of a GT replacement, rather than a GTV... so not a car I personally would have bought, either new or second-hand.
It's still a pity in some ways, since any car is usually better than no car... but at least we might hope that PSA-FCA has kept the cash back for a re-imagined strategy later, rather than spending it piecemeal.
I agree. But this is what Fiat and even Lancia is there for. Volume cars. I think it was Sergio who said Alfas shouldn't be cheap FWD things. Fiat is what should sell that.If I was the bosses I would want to start with the volume cars and to be fair, the geezer has a good record with Vauxhall-Opel. PSA turned out the Vauxhall Crossland and Grandland from the 208 and 308 platforms respectively in fairly short order after they bought VxOpel. I'm not sure they've sold "millions" of them (check the prices! ) but they're reasonably competent cars and selling "okay".
I really don't see the need for a Mito. Leave that for Fiat and Lancia. Alfa should be premium performance. The Abarth 500 already does a great job in the mini performance side. Having cheap cars only cheapens Alfa.Since the Peugeot 208/308 and the Corsa and Astra platforms are heading towards middle age now, I'm guessing they'll use their replacements to form the basis of any combined PSA-FCA model offensive.
I'm hoping Fiat gets another Punto - Sergio didn't like it (saw no prospect of it making too much profit at the time... :titanic: but surrendering the space where its sales would have put it was a mistake in my opinion). That can/ought to lead to a new MiTo. The PSA 208 is half decent so any commonly shared "next" platform ought to be good too, maybe even actually great.
Sergio had said there would be no more FWD Alfas and I agree there shouldn't. Alfa needs to prove it can be premium. There is nothing premium about FWD. Mercedes and BMW can do it because they already proved they are premium.A new Giulietta ought to be the next priority for Alfa, even if it's FWD. Nobody needs RWD at this size..
Mercedes and BMW have no real cheaper brands to push the mass volume sales to. The Smart brand is basically a failure and niche and Mini is a niche brand too. So they have to put out the cheap FWD stuff under their own brand. They figured they could do that without tarnishing their rep. But Alfa's reputation is already tarnished as is. Besides FCA has Fiat and Lancia for that.it has to be a "proper Alfa" in spirit and execution .. but also produce sales volume. Merc' A-class and BMW-1 are all over the place and they are offending my eyes! :judge:
They will share platforms across the range that’s for sure,plenty of choice given the models of Vauxhall,PSA and FCA combined now. Makes commercial sense given how expensive it is to develop new models especially As the plan is to develop electric/hybrid cars aswell nowA shame. Perhaps the tie-up with PSA might give them some more firepower to create some smaller cars. I doubt I�ll be replacing mine with an SUV, no matter what the badge.
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To be fair FCA started that approach under Marchionne with the lack of MiTo replacement, but I agree about Mike Manley. His approach to Alfa so far and comments from him suggesting Fiat should move away from A-Segment cars suggests the man has no clue whatsoever about the brands he's in charge of. I'd have thought even a low margin but high-volume entry Alfa to get people into the brand, plus at least one A-segment Fiat, is essential, particularly given that Fiat basically excel in nothing else other than A-segment (500 & Panda) and B-segment (Punto), which they coc*ed up by not replacing years ago.So cheaper models that serve the purpose of introducing a marque to the young are to be shelved. That’s great thinking for the long term. If the merger with PSA happens maybe Tavares will have a different idea. The current visionless (for Alfa) second-rater has no idea. Just sell more Jeeps, hey Manley.