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D-RWD Alfa, Dodge under way

by David Zatz on

Although Chrysler and Fiat Sergio Marchionne has talked about the re-building of Alfa Romeo with a new, mid-sized rear wheel drive car, whose engineering, platform, and architecture are to be shared by Dodge and Alfa Romeo, some have still expressed doubt that the cars are actually being created.

Industry sources, however, recently confirmed statements by Mr. Marchionne and Alfa chief Harald Wester; the rear wheel drive Alfa, at least, is under active development, though possibly also experiencing some delays.

Mr. Marchionne has said more than once that without a Dodge to spread engineering costs across a large volume of cars, there could be no Alfa Romeo in the category. The Alfa is likely to be set up as a “world car;” we expect it to have a six-cylinder engine at most, while the Dodge would probably have a longer under-hood area to allow for a Hemi V8 engine. The platform (core dimensions) is likely to be a joint engineering project between Chrysler and Alfa Romeo, with different suspensions and engines to match each brand’s personality, audience, and price range. The Dodge would likely be substantially less expensive than the Alfa, but not distributed in as many countries (e.g., while it might sell in Australia, it would likely be withheld from India).

Several media sources have now reported that Alfa Romeo will be given a boost by being sold at Jeep dealerships in many parts of the world.


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