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Old 08-24-2010, 01:24 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I was reading this piece Volkswagen Scheming To Buy And Transform Alfa Romeo - Automobile Magazine, and noticed that the author said nothing about what VW would do with Chrysler. Seems like an awfully big investment to get Alfa but get stuck with Chrysler.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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Fiat, not Alfa, only owns a minority stake in Chrysler. So if VW bought Alfa from Fiat, they wouldn't get Chrysler.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Like GoPadge said, Alfa is a unit of FIAT. FIAT is the one who has a stake in Chrysler and VW buying Alfa would be a seperate deal and have nothing to do with Chrysler.

VW is on a mission to make themselves the worlds largest auto manufacturer and they are intent on doing it through acquisition versus organic growth. Their idea of using Alfa to replace SEAT is interesting and may work out for them. As much as I like VAG, I wouldn't want to see a brand like Alfa be watered down into a VW clone.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:10 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Would Fiat sell Alfa separately?
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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They would make all the parts, including wiper blade inserts, proprietary.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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Would Fiat sell Alfa separately?
I don't see why they couldn't. Marchionne of FIAT flat out said no, but that has never stopped Ferdinand Piech at VW. I imagine FIAT selling Alfa would be akin to Ford selling Volvo, Jaguar and Rover or GM selling Saab and Hummer. There would be a certain time period wherein the cars would continue to be built in their current form using FIAT technology as they began to make a transition to VW architecture.

The whole thing is really only being considered as SEAT, which is primarily a Spanish brand owned by VW is in the toilet and they are practically giving the cars away. VW is basically contemplating buying Alfa to replace SEAT as they feel Alfa has far better brand equity and they could sell the cars for more.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:36 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Make more crappy VW Routan commercials with Brooke Shields in them...if this happened.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Make more crappy VW Routan commercials with Brooke Shields in them...if this happened.
How would buying Alfa help them do that? Lets work on either making better jokes (ones that make sense) or keeping things to ourselves (like they tell the special kids at school).
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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they could take the tiny little tiguan SUV and drop a 6.1 liter 425HP hemi under the hood
this:

Plus this:


equals one fast mini ute
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: A bleak and gloomy place
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Why? The Volkswagen Group have plenty of better suited engines.

I think German automakers have learned from the Damiler Chrysler merger.
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