2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Up Close

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From the moment mere cooperation between Fiat and Chrysler was hinted at (long before partnership, much less ownership), auto enthusiasts have predicted and pined for the return of Alfa Romeo to the U.S. market. It's finally happening with the 2015 Alfa 4C.

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Alfa Romeo is known for fabulous Italian styling, but I admit I've occasionally had doubts. Maybe it's just because I thought my 1970s Fiat Spider was better looking than the Alfa Romeo Spider, which nonetheless got more attention ... and a higher resale value. 

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Photo Gallery (30 Photos)

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It's been a while since Alfa Romeo cars were sold in the U.S., but the brand is back with a head-turning new coupe that debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. After many delays, Alfa Romeo says the 2015 4C will go on sale in June.

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The curvaceous two-passenger sports coupe's low, wide stance; gaping nose air intakes and large triangular shield grille is sure to draw enthusiasts into dealerships.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.  

By Jennifer Geiger | April 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Video

For the first time in nearly two decades, Alfa Romeo returns to the U.S. with the 4C, a mid-engine, two-seat sports coupe, bringing with it an iconic reputation — and allusions to '90s R&B one-hit wonders by Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The 4C, debuting at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, carries the brand's signature grille, carbon-fiber accents, a 237-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder and scant interior comforts. Mays says you can expect the 4C to hit dealerships in late June with a price starting around $54,000. For now, watch the video above for Mays' Montell Jordan references, which are priceless.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: First Look

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Competes with: Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type

Looks like: It's stunning and resembles a smaller, sleeker version of Alfa's limited-production 8C Competizione

Drivetrain: All-aluminum, 237-horsepower, turbocharged 1.75-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: The limited-production Launch Edition model goes on sale first in June, followed by the regular 4C

After many, many delays, the Alfa Romeo 4C is finally here. We've been hearing about the impending arrival of the compact, lightweight sports coupe, which marks the return of the Alfa Romeo brand to the U.S., since 2010 when parent Fiat announced a 2012 on-sale date. We got a glimpse at a would-be production version last year, but it never went on sale.

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Better late than never; the actual production model was just unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, and the automaker promised a June on-sale date. Two versions will be offered, the 4C and a limited-edition 4C Launch Edition; only 500 of the latter will be available and it will go on sale first.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

Alfa Romeo Plans Arrival of 4C for June

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The Alfa Romeo 4C has become an auto-industry punch line, a car whose ETA is in perpetual delay — sort of like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's backup-camera mandate. It looks like Alfa will beat NHTSA to the punch: The Detroit News reports that Maserati dealerships will sell the lightweight sports car in June 2014.

Alfa Romeo 4C: First Look

We'll believe it when we see it. Fiat first showed a 4C concept at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show. A production version bowed two years later with U.S. sales promised sometime in 2013. That didn't happen, but at least this latest announcement keeps with the delay Fiat issued in September 2013. High-performing Fiat dealerships — some of which are standalone dealers, some of which are incorporated into Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram showrooms — will get the car, too, though exact timing remains elusive. Maserati and Alfa Romeo are two subsidiaries of the recently merged Fiat Chrysler Automobile.

By Kelsey Mays | February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Alfa Romeo 4C Delayed, Again

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Alfa Romeo fans will have to wait nearly a year, at the earliest, before the brand re-enters U.S. showrooms. The Detroit News reports Alfa Romeo, a subsidiary of Italy's Fiat, will not bring the 4C — a sleek, two-seat sports car — to U.S. showrooms until spring 2014.

The announcement represents the latest delay for a brand that's been absent from U.S. showrooms for nearly 20 years. Fiat re-entered the U.S. market after taking an initial stake of then-moribund Chrysler in 2009, and CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2010 that Alfa would return by 2012. In late 2011, Fiat delayed the brand's reintroduction to 2013, blaming Europe's shaky economy. A production 4C debuted in February 2013, and Fiat said at that time it would sell the car in the U.S. this year.

By Kelsey Mays | September 25, 2013 | Comments (2)

Alfa Romeo 4C: First Look

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  • Competes with: Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, Lotus Evora
  • Looks like: A smaller, sleeker version of Alfa's limited-production 8C Competizione
  • Drivetrain: Turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder and dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Sometime in 2013

Alfa Romeo left the U.S. in 1995, but in 2009 Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne promised the brand would return. At the time, Marchionne named four cars to arrive by 2013, but Chrysler-Fiat later scrubbed those plans as Europe's economy plunged into recession. Even as recently as January, Marchionne told reporters Alfa wasn't yet ready for its U.S. return.

The postponement was brief. Witness the production 4C, a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car based on the concept shown at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show. It's the first of several new Alfas planned between now and 2016.

The two-seater will debut officially at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show in March, and it arrives in the U.S. — presumably at Chrysler dealerships — sometime this year.

By Kelsey Mays | February 12, 2013 | Comments (4)

Chrysler-Fiat Plans 47 New or Updated Cars by End of 2016

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Chrysler-Fiat will introduce, redesign or update 47 cars over the next four years, the automaker said Wednesday in a financial presentation to analysts. Among them are six Alfa Romeos from Fiat's upscale European division, plus seven new Fiat-branded models. Chrysler also encompasses the Dodge, Jeep, Ram and SRT brands.

The pipeline goes well beyond what Fiat had planned when it took a government-brokered stake in Chrysler in 2009. In September 2012, the automaker unveiled 66 future models at a private dealer meeting in Las Vegas, and we don't know how many of these 47 cars overlap with those. At that meeting there were just two Alfas, however.

The new plan eliminates four Fiat-built cars — two Chryslers and two Dodges — and moves the timing back by one to three years on nine models. All told, there are 16 refreshes and 31 new cars between now and the end of 2016. We've already seen five of them — the refreshed Compass and Grand Cherokee, plus Fiat's new 500L and the Ram HD and chassis cabs — and an SRT Grand Cherokee is also in the works. That still leaves 42 to come. Naturally, all of this is subject to change. Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne called the plan "a living document," the Detroit News reports.

Here's how it breaks down:

By Kelsey Mays | January 31, 2013 | Comments (7)

Chrysler CEO: Alfa Romeo to Return to U.S. With New 4C

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Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced that storied Italian luxury brand Alfa Romeo will indeed be returning to the U.S. market, arriving by year's end with the new 4C — a lightweight two-seat rear-wheel-drive, mid-engined sports car.

Speaking at a conference in Detroit last Friday, Marchionne contradicted statements he'd made earlier in the week in saying that the 4C and Alfa's return to the U.S. had been intentionally delayed so the company could focus on Maserati brand instead. "We're finalizing the car now, so it should be here by the end of the year," Marchionne said, according to the Detroit News. "It's ready in the sense of all the work with architecture and types of models."

By Aaron Bragman | January 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Chrysler Gives Dealers Sneak Peek of 66 Future Cars

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Chrysler unveiled 66 cars in its product pipeline at a private dealer meeting Monday in Las Vegas, Reuters reports. One dealer said it "was like a lovefest" as representatives from some 2,600 global dealerships — the vast majority based in the U.S. — beheld a two-tiered stage of future products at the MGM Grand hotel.

Among the cars that dealers shared with Reuters:

  • A redesigned Chrysler 200 that departs from the current Sebring-derived 200. Dealers said it looks a lot like the 2013 Dodge Dart.
  • A subcompact Chrysler 100.
  • A subcompact Jeep crossover, plus redesigns of the Compass, Patriot and Liberty that follow styling cues of the current Grand Cherokee.
  • Two Alfa Romeo cars that Chrysler will sell in Fiat showrooms.

Chrysler officials wouldn't comment to Reuters on the story, but during the last closed-door dealer meeting about future products — in Florida in 2010 — the automaker unveiled the current 200 and Town & Country, along with the Jeep Patriot and Fiat 500. The reporting on that meeting turned out pretty accurate, so we're inclined to think these products are legit. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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