2013 Alfa Romeo Spider will use Chrysler’s rear-wheel-drive platform

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

CEO Sergio Marchionne has revealed the five-year plan for Fiat. One of the most anticipated parts of the announcement was the segment on his plan regarding new Fiat cars based on Chrysler platforms.

This list includes a new 2013 Alfa Romeo Spider that will be based on Chrysler's rear-wheel-drive platform. At this point, Alfa Romeo will have achieved its long-awaited US return with the next-generation MiTo, along with a large Giulia sedan and station wagon which was launched in 2012.

The use of a Chrysler platform hints at the Mercedes-derived rear-wheel-drive platform used for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. But for Alfa and its primary market of Western Europe, the RWD cars will be smaller, in the D- or C/D-segment size.

The 2009 Chrysler 200C concept is evidence that the LX rear-drive platform is flexible enough to be downsized to a European-market midsize car. If the Spider is slated to get that platform, this means that it can be downsized further, to a two-seater.

Alfa Romeo dealership network is set to be merged with US Maserati dealers. Chrysler and Lancia will be fully integrated, according to Marchionne who spoke at Fiat Group's investor conference last Wednesday.

The models, regardless of whether they're based on Fiat or Chrysler platforms, will be marketed as Lancias in Continental Europe and as Chryslers in Great Britain and the North American Free Trade Association market.

This list includes a D-segment sedan, a Sebring replacement in calendar year 2013, a C-segment Voyager minivan expected to be Fiat-based in calendar year 2011, a new D-segment Chrysler-based minivan in '13, a Musa MPV in '12 and a new Ypsilon mini by next year.

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