Chrysler will have 16 Fiat and Alfa Romeo models in its North American lineup by 2016, the company announced on Wednesday.
Majority owned by Italy’s Fiat SpA, Chrysler will see nine Fiat models in North America by 2015, and by 2016 10 models. Currently, Fiat has two models on sale in North America, the 500 with its 500 and 500c variants and the sporty Abarth model. This year, Fiat will introduce to the U.S. the 500e electric vehicle and the 500L small MPV.
Alfa Romeo will have five models in North America by 2015 and six by 2016. The first Alfa Romeo to be sold in the United States will be the 4C sports car, which will arrive late this year, Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced two weeks ago. The 4C will be built by Fiat’s subsidiary Maserati in Modena, Italy, at a rate of 2,500 units a year. The small Italian sports car will likely cost €50,000 ($66,000) in Europe and will compete with the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Exige.
Chrysler already uses an Alfa Romeo platform for the Dodge Dart sedan, which borrows its underpinnings from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta C-segment hatchback sold in Europe. Marchionne has said he wants to merge Fiat and Chrysler by 2015.