According to the English automotive journal Autocar, there will be a few added benefits for the Italian automotive conglomerate FIAT absorbing the American car builder Chrysler. Apparently the next generation Alfa Romeo 169 will be built on the same platform as the Dodge Charger . Starting in 2011, the new model will be built at the Bramalea Production facility in Brampton, Ontario Canada. Will this be the first Italian muscle car in the history of the automobile? Probably not, but the European design team will be damned if they aren’t going to try.
The future 169 will be priced at around $62,000 when it finally hits the dealer’s lots. However, the question is, will FIAT’s CEO Sergio Marchionne be able to marry beautiful Italian inspired design with a rugged American made chassis successfully?
The Italian automaker has also been caught saying that the Fiat 500 city car will soon be produced in a plant located in Toluca, Mexico; and will go on sale in the U.S. as early as 2011. FIAT hopes to sell their fair share of the tiny little 500 here in America, planning on moving 25,000 units by the year 2015. One ting is for sure, if they ever decide to bring the factory tuned Abarth version stateside, they should sell like hot cakes.