The Automotive News has reported that Chrysler LLC and Fiat S.p.A are planning to sign a deal by the end of April according to which the American-Italian automakers will produce seven new vehicles for the North American auto market. The vehicles to be produced by product-sharing agreement are two Alfa Romeos, one Fiat and four Fiat Group based Chrysler LLC cars. Partners are planning to built the vehicles at the North American plants of Chrysler LLC and sell them through Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships throughout the states.
According to the information the three Fiat models that will be produced in U.S. are the retro-styled mini-car Fiat 500, the sporty Alfa Romeo MiTo that is aimed towards the MINI Cooper and the Audi A3 / VW Golf sized Alfa Romeo 147 replacement that is unofficially named 149.
The report also reveals that Chrysler LLC will use three Fiat Group cars as the base for its new models. The American Automaker is planning to produce a Chrysler or a Dodge five-door hatchback which will most likely be based on the next Fiat Panda mini-car and have the same platform as the 500.
The Alfa 149’s so called C-Evo platform is going to be used to build a possible replacement for the Dodge Caliber, the Dodge Avenger, as well as Chrysler Sebring mid-size sedans. And finally a B-Segment sized hatchback will be created based on the Alfa MiTo will lend its platform and its 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter turbocharged engines.