Last year, poor sales caused the Alfa Romeo 159 to be discontinued and it appears that its successor won’t be making any sort of debut until 2014. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, spoke at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show saying that the 159’s replacement has been delayed once again.
Currently the Alfa Romeo brand only has the MiTo and Giulietta hatchback models to sell, causing concern among Alfa Romeo dealers in Europe. When the news of the 159’s cut first hit, Fiat claimed that the 159’s replacement was delayed to 2013 because of design issues. Now another year of delays could put a strain on the Alfa Romeo’s limited brand.
“We are not delaying the Alfa because of architecture but because of availability of powertrains that match the DNA of the brand,” said Marchionne.
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