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Christopher Bruce2013-02-04 13:55:42

Fiat Will Build Maserati and Alfa Romeo SUVs at Mirafiori

Both cars will be on sale by 2015

 
 
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says that it will build Maserati'sMaseratiMaseratiItaly, 1914 > present62 models
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and Alfa Romeo'sAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoItaly, 1910 > present108 models
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new SUVs at its Mirafiori factory near Turin. 

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Alfa Romeo will follow suit in 2015 with a Jeep-based SUV.

The Mirafiori factory will also build Jeep SUVs.

The reason for building all of these trucks in Italy is to keep the factory running at capacity. It is currently running just a few days a week. Jeep is rapidly becoming one of the most profitable brands in Fiat's portfolio, and it plans to take advantage of the platforms from the brand. 

"I've made a commitment. We are not closing Mirafiori. We will make luxury cars for both Maserati and for Alfa Romeo," said Marchionne. 

The luxury SUVs will be exported to North America, Russia and Asia to feed the areas with the highest demand. Marchionne wants to use US Chrysler dealers to sell the cars. 

Source: Automotive News Europe

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