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Alfa Romeo is a brand remembered fondly in living memory, and in the case of the 8C, desired greatly in the present, in the United States. Fiat’s reputation with Americans is a different story - and that’s why CEO Sergio Marchionne is focusing his efforts on the Alfa Romeo nameplate.

So far only the Fiat 500 will be sold in the U.S. as a Fiat. Any other Euro-styled cars brought into the U.S. will wear Alfa Romeo badging, reports the Detroit Free Press. And some of those Alfas sold here could even be built here, with the potential for export to Europe as well.

One of the vehicles likely to see U.S. production includes the Alfa version of the next-gen 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, called the GTX.

The sedans and hatches will likely be brought in from outside the U.S. to do battle with the established Germans in the luxury sector, though some will also come from within. Possible entries from Alfa include the 169, which might use the Chrysler LX platform, and a Fiat C-EVO platform-based Milano. Several Chrysler vehicles will share the Fiat/Alfa running gear as well, including the 300 and Dodge Charger (169) as well as the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Caliber (Milano).

Other planned Alfa Romeo models for the U.S. include the dapper yet efficient MiTo hatchback and the 159 sedan (pictured above) or its successor.





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Wow. An Alfa based on a Charger? Or a Jeep? Holy brand dilution, Batman!

As for the 500, MiTo and 159? Bring it on. Any word on the 147? I'd have one of those.

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Talk about blemishing the beautiful, domestic, LX platform with an import badge. Long as my Chargers, Challengers, and 300s still have Dodge and Chrysler badging! :P

Though I do agree with the move to use the Alfa Romeo name instead of Fiat. Like it said, it's more fondly welcomed by the public here.

Maybe if they start making them here it will bring a few jobs back. Would be nice.
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Talk about blemishing the beautiful, domestic, LX platform with an import badge. Long as my Chargers, Challengers, and 300s still have Dodge and Chrysler badging! :P

Though I do agree with the move to use the Alfa Romeo name instead of Fiat. Like it said, it's more fondly welcomed by the public here.

Maybe if they start making them here it will bring a few jobs back. Would be nice.
Yep, gotta love those "domestic" LX cars with MB components all over it. Pathetic ZF rip-off designed transmission anyone? Mercedes electrical system anyone?

I would think that the 8 speed automatic to be in the next generation LX cars would be bigger news. Guess not.

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Wow. An Alfa based on a Charger? Or a Jeep? Holy brand dilution, Batman!

As for the 500, MiTo and 159? Bring it on. Any word on the 147? I'd have one of those.

Blue, please.
The 2011 JEEP Grand Cherokee is mainly based on the Mercedes M Class, as noted by Chrysler.

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Hardly anything is domestic anymore, and being a Mopar guy, I take what I can get. Don't rain on my parade!
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K sorry...jeez...next time I express an opinion on an article I'll make sure to think twice...

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All right, break it up you two!
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Obviously when clear facts are posted: (IE: True Mopar "domestics") offence was taken. None was meant.
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The facts were not offensive, but rather the manner in which they were presented (rather lacking in tact and with a sarcastic remark to start it off). It's all good though, and rather than have it get any further than this, I say it just be forgotten. The facts are what they are and I stand corrected...so back to the regularly scheduled news article.
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