Chrysler to Unveil Electric Fiat 500 at NAIAS
At least this is what some sources told Autoweek, adding that, despite the unveiling, Italian carmaker Fiat has no intention of selling it in the US in the near future. Chrysler officially declined to comment on its line-op for the show, with Gualberto Ranieri, Chrysler spokesman, saying the company will not hold a press conference because it has nothing new to show.
Another striking appearance may be that of a Lancia Delta, wearing a Chrysler grille. Although this car is not part of the immediate future of Chrysler's line-up in the US, NAIAS may prove to be the perfect opportunity to see how the American public will respond to a Lancia-Chrysler mutant. According to some, the CEO of both Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, plans to slowly but surely merge the two brands into one.
Otherwise, the American carmaker already announced the first Italian sourced engines to be build States side, the 1.4l, four cylinder Multiair. The unit will be produced by Chrysler in its Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Michigan. The carmaker announced earlier it will pump $179 million in the facility to fit it with the right equipment for producing the engine. Production will begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.
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And he's not just looking at green and small cars, either- FIAT's already planned a new Viper, a strong Dodge Ram franchise, a new, larger Hemi V-8... even the potential manufacture of the Chrysler 300 in Italy-
Underestimate this man at your peril- the guys' a proven winner. GM should be glad they didn't have him as their new boss... he's scare those dinosaurs half to death!
Besides a healthier, more dyanamic, and exciting Chrysler... wait till you see the cool Alfas and FIATs he brings over as the icing on the cake...