Alfa planning new executive saloon

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by ajzahn, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Autocar has learned that Alfa Romeo is planning to replace the defunct 166 with a new large saloon – and company bosses are determined to source a rear-wheel drive platform for the car.

    The car would act as a flagship model for the range, although Alfa’s new policy of naming rather than numbering models means it’s unlikely to carry the ‘169’ tag that previous speculation had suggested.

    One option is to use the Maserati Quattroporte chassis, although the expense of this would limit potential sales volumes. But Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne has already suggested that the new big Alfa could be based around the Jaguar XF chassis.

    That’s not as outlandish as it sounds. Fiat Auto has a close connection with Tata (which owns Jaguar) because boss Ratan Tata sits on the Fiat board. And we know that Fiat-Jaguar co-operation has been discussed at senior level, because Fiat’s finance arm will replace Ford Credit as the source of finance for JLR’s dealers.

    This tie-up could go further. While Alfa using the Jaguar XF chassis makes perfect sense, Jaguar’s other world-class aluminium rear-drive platforms would also be the logical underpinnings for future versions of Fiat Auto’s flagship cars, the Maserati Quattroporte and Coupe models. (Autocar)
  2. it won't look like that, alfas aren't supposed to look like that
  3. lol @ pshop
  4. It definitely won't look like that. Specially the bumper. But I really like those port holes around the shield! As seen on Giulia...
  5. my name is depreciation and i would like to work with you.
  6. who cares, alfa's are hot <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
  7. Well if they start making all their cars look inspired by the 8c then they won't.

    The Mi.To is sickeningly ugly.
  8. Big Alfas are practically sale-proof, but they could pick a lot worse chassis than the Quattroporte or XF. I hope they keep it all-Italian with the Quattroporte but it's getting older and will undoubtedly be more expensive that way.
  9. Worst photo shop I've seen in awhile.
  10. The base will probably be either the Jaguar XF or the forthcoming BMW 5er.
  11. PS: The Brera V6 is among the 10 cars which depreciate the least in the UK <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
  12. thats because they only sold like 5 of them and now they are "rare".
  13. "Hello, my name is stupidass and I whanna piss you off". GTFO & STFU!

    What do you think BMWs were worth after the World War II? Now they're one of the best resale value marques in Europe. It's a matter of lifting the marque's image with better products. Marketing solves everything!

    And he was talking about the Brera V6, not the Brera S...
  14. did i push a few buttons? man italian car maker fanboys are worse than gm fanboys.
  15. Nope, you sheer presence is enough...

    Are there GM fanboys? =/
  16. Would like to see it!

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