Alfa Romeo is looking to grow aggressively in the U.S. market over the next three years.
The Italian automaker’s next new model will make its debut very soon, but the 4C and Giulia are just the beginning. Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne updated the plan for Alfa Romeo’s revival in the U.S. and worldwide, with hopes of bringing the brand to the same level as competitors Audi and BMW. Last year, Alfa Romeo sold 70,000 vehicles worldwide and FCA wants to increase that figure to 400,000 by 2018. Ideally, one-third of that volume will be sold in the U.S. as Alfa Romeo aims to gain market share in the American luxury market.
The eight models that are expected to join Alfa Romeo’s lineup in the next three years include the Giulia, a full-size sedan, a pair of SUVs, a second midsize model, a specialty vehicle like the existing two-seat 4C and two compact models, one of which is expected to replace the aging Giulietta.
The Giulia will be the brand’s first new volume model since the MiTo subcompact launched in 2008. The entry-level Giulia model will compete with the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 models, while the high-performance variants look to take on the M3 and RS4. Expect the Giulia to make its first public auto show appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year in September.
Currently, FCA plans to begin production on the Giulia in November and the company has been spied testing a crossover in Europe.
[Source: Automotive News]
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