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 |  Apr 22 2010, 12:31 PM

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Yesterday in Fiat’s 5-year plan it was revealed that Ferrari will introduce four new models in the next three years. But the details of Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne’s press conference are apparently open to interpretation. According to AutoCar, it won’t be four new models, but six!

While its true that the product lineup will continue to include four standard models, an Enzo replacement isn’t included in that list as it will only be produced in limited numbers. Reports suggest it will be powered by either a twin-turbo V6 or V8 and use Ferrari’s active aerodynamic technology – as showcased on the 599XX. In addition AutoCar claims that not only is a 458 Spider coming, but also a 458 Scuderia – a more hard core version of the just-launched exotic.

With those models making up three of the six, the remainder will include a new 599 in 2012 and a 612 Scaglietti replacement coming next year. The 612 is also rumored to be the first production Ferrari to get hybrid technology. Finally, in 2013, Ferrari will deliver an updated version of the California.

We’ll be sure to give a details report on the next interpretation of the “facts” from Marchionne’s 5-year plan.

[Source: AutoCar]

 |  Apr 21 2010, 1:37 PM

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It’s been 15 years since a new Alfa Romeo has been sold in North America (not counting the ultra-exclusive 8C Competizione Supercar), but by 2012, the famous Milanese manufacturer will be back, according to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne. Along with the MiTo hatchback (above), the Guiletta hatchback (replacing the current 147) and the new mid-size Guilia (replacing the current 159), a new Spider sports car and two new SUVs will join the line-up.

While the Spider, Guilia and Guiletta are iconic nameplates for the brand, the two SUVs represent an effort to appeal to North American sensibilities. Despite the brand’s long absence, a loyal core of owners and fans still exist, and Alfa Romeo should slot in nicely as a premium brand positioned above Chrysler.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

 |  Apr 21 2010, 1:19 PM

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As a part of a larger press conference held today Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne outlined the product plans for each of the Italian automakers brands – including Ferrari. In an unprecedented move, Marchionne laid bare his plans, likely in an attempt to shore up support for a company that continues to lose money and which made a risky move in buying into the failed Chrysler corporation.

In total, four new Ferrari models are set to debut by 2014, with a steady progression that is mostly expected. Coming first is a replacement for the 612 Scaglietti, as well as a spider (convertible) version of the new 458 Italia. Both models will launch in 2011.

The following year will be considerably more exciting, however, with the launch of a successor to the 599 GTB, as well as a replacement for the Enzo. Then in 2013, Ferrari will debut an updated version of the California.

Fiat has big hopes for the Maserati/Ferrari side of the company, and plans to focus on increased differentiation between models. This will also include two new Maserati models that will slot in underneath the GranTurismo in the current lineup.

[Source: AutoNews]