Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S. has been delayed again, with a full return now being pushed back until mid-2013 at the earliest. According to Automotive News, Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne now states that Alfa Romeo, which is owned by Fiat will not return until late 2012, with a full return coming in 2013.
Fiat left the U.S. in 1995, but in 2000 then Fiat CEO Paolo Cantarella stated that a new Alfa Spider would be sold here in 2003, which never happened. In 2002 that plan was delayed, which set off a series of delays, which brings us to present day. Now Alfa Romeo’s return is being delayed due to the fact that Marchionne has rejected the design of the Guilia. Alfa Romeo has technically been back, since it’s currently selling the Alfa Romeo 8C out of Maserati showrooms, but only 100 units have been sold, which is not really significant.
Alfa Romeo is expected to return first with a new compact crossover, followed by the Giulia sedan at the end of 2013.