Volkswagen has been trying to get Alfa Romeo away from Fiat for a little while now, but it seems that their tactics have been less than persuasive and more than aggressive. A Fiat spokesman has even said, "We shut the door in their [VW’s] faces and now they’re trying to get in the window." One would think that would dissuade VW from pushing any further, but that person would be wrong.

Now, in Volkswagen’s attempt to become the world’s largest car manufacturing group by 2018, the German automaker is still pushing the sale and planning on what it would do if successful. Turns out, VW will be utilizing their close relationship with Porsche so that Alfa Romeo projects could benefit from the same flat-four engine that will be used in the Baby Boxster set to debut in just a few years.

If this component sharing is accomplished, this engine could make way for a revival of the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, or its successor the 33. The Alfasud was a compact car produced by Alfa from 1971-1989 and was one of Alfa Romeo’s most successful models. However, before that is even attempted, VW could decide to plop that flat four into Alfa’s newest concept: the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA.

So, apparently Volkswagen is not taking no for an answer even though Fiat has repeatedly stated that the brand is not for sale. Fiat even denied rumors that VW representatives met with local government representatives at Alfa’s Arese plant, calling them "complete and utter fantasy." All we can say is that Volkswagen should take their time with this deal if they ever want it to go through. Remember, relationships are like farts; push too hard and things may just get messy.


Source: Autocar

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  (347) posted on 08.22.2011

Yeah, I mean Porsche can stand alone and they don’t need anyone to make them successful. Its a great privileged that they are voluntary giving their engine to the Alfa Romeo.

  (517) posted on 08.22.2011

What a relation! It seems that Volkswagen is trying to get close on the Porsche so that Alfa Romeo will get jealous. haha. Well, Porsche engine is quite powerful, so I don’t get on why they are complaining.

  (434) posted on 05.3.2011

We cannot blame the Alfa Romeo if they are begging for the engine of Porsche. We couldn’t admit on how powerful is this car and they are the best option for car racing.

  (402) posted on 03.23.2011

I am not really all that surprised that Volkswagen is making this aggressive move. After all, there is security in size, and that what they want to achieve.

  (399) posted on 03.22.2011

It’s unlikely that Fiat will give in to that easily. After all, Alfa Romeo is doing well in terms of sales, so the boys in there would let it go that easily.

  (858) posted on 03.21.2011

We’ll just have to wait and see on this one. Who knows, Volkswagen might actually pull off something that would convince Fiat. This is still the business world after all.

  (579) posted on 03.21.2011

I really don’t see the problem if they would go through with this one. But Fiat would certainly not like it at all, and this might cause some problems.

  (600) posted on 03.18.2011

I think this one is a bad move that VW is trying to pull off. Fiat might be irritated by this attempt that they wouldn’t push through with it.

  (692) posted on 03.18.2011

Ha, so Volkswagen is really getting more aggressive in order to grab Alfa Romeo. Now, this would be quite an interesting development, wonder how this would turn out.

  (410) posted on 03.18.2011

Well, I don’t get the real deal here. It is often happening, the sharing engine to the other car. But have to admit that Porsche’s engine is awesome just look at the Cayenne for living proof.

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