Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chrysler to build Jeeps in Italy

In a “shocking” move, Chrysler Group is planning to move production of the replacement vehicle for the Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles from its plant in Belvidere, Ill., to Fiat SpA's Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, according to research and consulting firm AutomotiveCompass. At the same time, Chrysler will move assembly of the Alfa Romeo Giulia mid-size sedan from Mirafiori to Belvidere.

“surprising given that North America is Jeep country and Europe is Alfa country,” said Shepard. But both vehicles “will share a common Fiat platform, which is flexible and expandable to cover both vehicles.” Start of production is January 2013 in both cases.

The Giulia would compete with luxury performance brands such as, the Audi A6 to BMW 5-series.

Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/cars/Chrysler+build+Jeeps+Italy/4641092/story.html#ixzz1K1zlqIKk


Alfa Romeo Giulia (2012)

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This article is about the Giulia of 2012. For the Giulia of 1960s and 70s, see Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is upcoming compact executive car model by Alfa Romeo, it will replace the 159 and it is planned to be unveiled in 2012 as sedan and station wagon body styles. This Alfa Romeo model is the first mass produced car (the limited edition 8C Competizione was sold in USA) to be sold in the United States since Alfa Romeo withdrew in 1995.

[edit] Engines

The engines will likely be various Multijet diesels and petrols, with a V6 as the top powertrain, which may be the only engine available in the US.