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Alfa versions of Jeep, Dodge

by David Zatz on

During today’s conference call, Sergio Marchionne said that the Jeep Grand Cherokee architecture would probably be adapted by Alfa or Maserati. It would “have to be a completely different application” according to Sergio Marchionne, but would definitely be an SUV and not a car.

Marchionne said it was a “resilient architecture” that could, and would have to, handle “much more powerful powertrains.” Fiat’s Maserati and Ferrari arms share a powerful, compact V8.

Meanwhile, a decision on an Alfa Romeo Spyder (convertible) based on the Dodge Challenger is due in 6 to 9 months. For the moment, Marchionne did not seem optimistic, saying the styling was not acceptable. Until a final decision is made, no plans for capital allocation will be made — meaning the plant it will be made in has not yet been decided. The choices are a small scale plant in Italy and the Canadian plant in which the Challenger itself is made.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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