Alfa Romeo Returning to US in 2015 with Several Models

Alfa Romeo Returning to US in 2015 with Several Models

The reintroduction of the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S. has been delayed again, this time to 2015, according to FiatChrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Marchionne promised that the Italian automaker will return to the U.S. with mainstream products in 2015. The Alfa Romeo 4C sports car was supposed to be arriving dealerships already, but that release has been pushed to spring of 2014.

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But expect more Alfa Romeo models to come, as Marchionne is preparing a full product plan for the brand that will be presented in April. According to Marchionne, none of the current European-market models will be coming to the U.S., so it is expected that the next-generation of products will be built with the North American market in mind.

GALLERY: Alfa Romeo 4C


[Source: Car and Driver]

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  • I cannot hold my breath. I loved ALFA, but it got old, this thing of pushing around a has been from yesteryear. And the more hot air that got blown about by some faraway company, the worse it got. The world has changed, and certainly the market in the USA has too. It’s a bit like chasing illusions, the clouds have passed, haven’t they? One might think that ALFA would be pushed in a growth area for cars, but the Asian and Chinese markets have not seen any worthwhile inroads from ALFA, which are so rare on the ground here (I live in Beijing, travel to HK, Taipei and Shanghai pretty often) that it’s like spotting a unicorn. Three in the past four years, to be exact. So the question is: Why can anyone expect ALFA to enter and sustain presence in the stagnant market of the USA, when it cannot currently sustain itself in a growth market of China, where presence has been established for some time?


    Great pictures! Looks like fun.

  • Shiratori90

    Significant improvements over the outgoing generation (especially on the inside). Should do very well.

  • Good, well-placed review!

  • reg26

    I would love to buy one to replace my 2008 Outback Turbo XT 5 speed manual but I just cant get past the CVT trany. I could live with a six peed auto but evry time I drive a car with a CVT it just leaves me feeling blah

  • Rich

    Minor nitpick, but the Outback started in 1995 (not 1994) as an appearance package (basically, stickers, the raised roof, and other trim pieces) and didn’t become a true different model with better ground clearance and towing capability until 1996.

    I’m wishing Subaru hadn’t gone all-CVT with these new models; I’m not a fan of the CVT on our 2012 Impreza. I’m hearing something about an artificial ‘step’ in the CVT that may or may not be there all the time to make it feel more like a conventional automatic — what was your experience with that?

  • reg26

    I’ve driven with the artificial shift and it’s just what it says. ARTFICIAL. When it makes the fake shift, my mind at leas,t just keeps telling me it’s fake. I just cant get over it LOL

  • Jeff

    Glad I bought my 2014 OB. Subaru has sold me their last car since they ditched the
    Manual transmission. Hopefully this one lasts me a good while. I’m figuring i’ve got
    About 30 more years in me before they are wheeling me into a nursing home with drool running out my chin, and I’m not giving up my license until then. I have no interest in buying an automatic transmission car of any flavor, at any price.

    I would be happy to pay a premium for a manual however.

  • Rich

    Thanks… was afraid of that. I love my Subarus (we’ve owned 5, 3 currently) but they keep getting further from what I want next. PLEASE bring the diesel here, and bring back the manual…

  • PC

    Buggy infotainment system is not a problem, and in fact is one of the easiest items to fix. Just do a firmware update, it takes only a minute to perform.

  • Don

    Well, if the testers don’t think the 6 cyl is worth the upgrade than that tells you how bad the CVT is !

  • Fred

    I am contemplating trading my2011 for this because I want the extra safety features. I would never choose a manual box over a CVT for the simple reason I get much faster gear changes and I don’t have to use a clutch. Downshifting for breaking is as postaive as on the F1 cars. Real drivers no longer hang on to a stick any more than music buff want am radio.

  • and you are a blah bullshit

  • Driver

    If one has to justify to themselves and everyone else that “real drivers no longer hang on to a stick” they are not real drivers. 2002 Outback, 2.5, 5 MT and its best safety feature is between my ears, not on a computer chip.

  • Thanks for the review. Just ordered the 3.6 limited and looking forward to it. Replacing a 2007 4Runner.

  • Travis

    So why the wagon classification? It’s more capable offroad than many suvs. It has much more headroom than a 4runner and others. Ground clearence is higer than many too. Seems like the wagon classification is a holdover from a time when the Outback was more of a lifted Legacy and an SUV was built on a 4×4 truck chassis. Those days are long gone…

  • Lawrence Johnston

    Why are the 2015 Outbacks released in Canada the only ones available with a stick shift? This seems short sighted on the part of SOA. Many Subaru fans want a manual transmission. I will hold onto my ’97 with a manual.

  • Steve Belovarich

    I really like shifting in manual mode with the paddle shifters on my 2013 3.6R, sure its not a manual but still really fun to drive.

  • Steve Belovarich

    Most people buying a Subaru don’t think the 3.6R is worth it, it’s probably just the demographic. I must disagree after owning both 4 cyl and 6 cyl Subarus. The 256hp engine is definitely worth it, especially if you are doing a lot of driving in the mountains. But then again I never had a problem driving my 4 cyl Legacy out of a snowbank because of the AWD. The resale on the 6 cyl is usually pretty good too, since they are rare to find used. Why Subaru doesn’t offer the turbo diesel variant in the states is beyond me, I would have rather bought that for the performance and fuel economy.

  • South of 8 Mile

    Nice review. Just bought my 3.6 today. Same color as tested here. Traded in a 2013 Kia Optima. I’m not skipping the six! Loaded it up with all the toys and I can’t wait for another epic winter!

  • Outdoorsman_316

    I’d be interested to know where you get a firmware update as when I notified Subaru and my dealer about my issues, they had no solution and acted like they didn’t know there was a problem.

  • Nick

    Just bought our 1st 2015 Outback ltd . Like the handling & quite cabin but missed the auto door locks on our 09 crv. Also does not like the costly requirement of synthetic oil every 6 mo or 6k miles. This is 6x more expensive compared to the Honda CRV.

  • Ken

    I don’t know where you get your oil changed but there’s no way a synthetic oil change should cost 6 times more than conventional oil. When I go to the store to buy my oil the synthetic quarts are less than double the cost, so you’re being ripped off somewhere. I’m also pretty certain that your CRV required the oil to be changed more often than 6,000 miles.

  • RoseFlorida

    I hate reviews that say things such as “you can forget the larger engine”. That encourages Subaru to drop the feature. I would prefer if they massaged it with direct injection, got more power out of it. Maybe stuck it in their smaller cars as well.

    The Outback looks okay, but it would be better if it had more glass, more visibility, instead of following the crowd in trying to make a basic box look sleek, and doing away with some rear viewing in the process.

    Finally, my understanding is that the manual transmission system always has an almost 50 – 50 split of power going to front and rear wheels, while the automatic transmission system has a definite front drive bias. Driving at high speeds on straight gravel roads with a variety of vehicles – front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive, four wheel drive, SUVs and pickup trucks, I found the manual transmission Subarus among the few vehicles that delivered less white knuckle time, while the automatic ones were undistinguished, certainly better than a rear drive unloaded pickup truck, but otherwise in the pack with other all wheel drives.

  • Sassen

    So cheap with the US pricing. In Australia the Subaru website lists the Outback 3.6R at $62,563. Double the cost.

  • gearhead4

    For many, the 2015 is the best Outback ever.
    I like the CVT transmission. Put it in gear and the powertrain control computer picks from a wide range of gear ratios based upon your use of the accelerator. So far my driving has been 90% highway and the infotainment “economy” display shows an average of over 37 miles per gallon.
    I like the increase in cargo capacity and quiet ride. I expect the snow traction to be similar to the 2011 Outback I traded in.
    I agree with some of the other posts. SOA should give buyers in the US a manual trans option. I would also like to see a Legacy Wagon like Subaru offered in 2005. Same size as an Outback, but sitting 3 inches closer to the pavement. Most Outback drivers will never drive off road, and the lower center of gravity would most certainly improve handling.

  • Simon

    the new outback doesn’t need the synthetic oil, you might use the normal oil as you took. Once you opt to use the synthetic oil, the subaru doesn’t recommend to use the normal oil again.

  • Shiratori90

    Not really, but thanks for playing…….