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    Seems like Alfa may want out of its shared development, roadster deal with Mazda, which may now go to Fiat.

    Alfa Romeo May Miss Out On Mazda MX-5-Based Roadster: Report
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    The story says Sergio Marchionne is likely to "be mindful of possible competition with a new Alfa Romeo 4C convertible."

    Given the huge price and likely market differential between the MX-5 and the 4C, I don't know how much competition one poses to the other. The Automotive News report on which the Motor Authority story is based, said that the car might go to Fiat Chrysler's other brand, Abarth.

    I didn't even know Abarth was its own brand.

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    It does seem odd that Alfa's return to the US market was going to involve two small, light two seaters. I didn't have a problem with it since I like small, light two seaters, but it doesn't seem like a great recipe for financial success.

    But who believes Alfa's plans anyway? They have teased this and then delayed it so many times that I won't believe any of it until I see new Alfa's on streets.
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    They change business plans like they change Prime Ministers - 39 Italian PM's since WWII vs. 44 US Presidents since 1789.


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    I think they want Alfa Romeo to be an upscale brand when it returns to the USA. They already have the bargain basement brand with Fiat. Making the Italian MX-5 a Fiat Abarth just makes more sense.

    You guys know Fiat owns Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Chrysler, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ETK View Post
    It does seem odd that Alfa's return to the US market was going to involve two small, light two seaters. I didn't have a problem with it since I like small, light two seaters, but it doesn't seem like a great recipe for financial success.

    But who believes Alfa's plans anyway? They have teased this and then delayed it so many times that I won't believe any of it until I see new Alfa's on streets.
    Capricious changes?

    See definition #2 below:

    Definition of fiat (n)
    Bing Dictionary
    fi·at[ fée ət ]
    official sanction: a formal or official authorization of something
    arbitrary order: an authoritative and often arbitrary command

    Funny name for a company when you think about it.

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