Friday, November 22, 2019

$1.1 billion US Invested For Alfa Romeo Tonale And Panda Hybrid: FCA

Last March, Alfa Romeo unveiled the Tonale concept to many positive comments. FCA now announces it will see production

Last year, FCA announced a 5 billion Euro investment for Italy up to 2021 in order to introduce new electric and hybrid models. The Alfa Romeo Tonale, which in concept form was a plug-in hybrid, and a hybrid Fiat Panda will be part of this plan.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a compact SUV that will sit below the Stelvio in AR’s lineup. The on the Tonale is considerable. Alfa Romeo sales worldwide have dropped considerably and this new small luxury SUV’s job will be to curb this downward trend. In Geneva, Alfa stated that the Tonale was to deliver best-in class driving dynamics, on top of being the first product in the portfolio with an electrified powertrain. Assembly of the Tonale is expected to start in early 2021.

As for the Fiat Panda hybrid, production is set to begin half-way through next year. What’s unfortunate, while on the topic of the Panda, is that it’s the Fiat vehicle that should have made its way into our market years ago when FCA announced Fiat’s return to North America. This small and quirky SUV would surely have done better, in all respect, than the 500X and 500L combined. Now that the 500 hatchback is dead and that the other two are sticking around a little longer, it doesn’t seem as though we’ll be getting it anytime soon.

Although it’s currently unclear for the Alfa, both of these vehicles could be assembled at the Pomigliano plant in Italy.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,400 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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