Alfa Romeo To Spearhead North American Return With SUV, Convertible

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]