Rumor: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to Go Out of Production in 2017

Introduced in 2014, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider was never developed to be a sales success. It is a roadster with minimal space for the driver and passenger, as well as a trunk that’s smaller than your S.O.’s purse. Still, the 4C Spider is a thrilling machine.
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As per a report which doesn’t cite any official information whatsoever, the peeps at Autoline Daily are pretty certain that the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider “will go out of production next year.” Please observe the choice of words. “Will,” not “could.” However, the American publication fails to explain if this is the Italian automaker’s decision, their own imagination or something a lot more simple as in the cancellation of the 4C Spider for the U.S. market.

Autoline Daily even gives us a number. “Sales are very disappointing. So far this year, Alfa has only sold 309 4C Spiders for the American market. That’s only 11 more than the Dodge Viper,” the publication tells. The truth of the matter is, the Italian manufacturer has sold 306 units of the 4C and 4C Spider in the U.S. from January 2016 to June 2016, so what are we talking about here? It seems to me that someone didn’t read the sales chart properly.

More than that, Autoline Daily is pretty confident that the next generation of the Alfa Romeo 4C has been canceled due to poor sales, adding that the production for the two-seater roadster  for the 4C will end in 2020. Don’t know about you, but a “could” and a “maybe” would’ve been most appropriate when claiming such things without bringing any solid proof to the table. My rant is over, so let’s focus on what the future holds for Alfa Romeo.

As per the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 2014 Business Plan Update (published in January 2016; see PDF below), Alfa Romeo will launch a handful of new models through 2020. The first will be a mid-size utility vehicle (the Stelvio).

Then a sedan will follow (the Tipo 961), after which Alfa Romeo is set to debut two utility vehicle. One of those is a compact SUV (Tipo 962). Then the Italian brand will launch the Tipo 963 in Spider and Coupe formats. A hatchback is also in the works, though it is not known if we’re dealing with a replacement for the compact Giulietta or for the subcompact MiTo.

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 Download: FCA 2014 Business Plan Update (check page 13) (PDF)

About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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