Alfa Romeo’s ambitious global sales projection of 400 000 units by 2018 will hinge on the Italian carmaker’s aggressive plan to introduce no less than eight models to it’s stable within the next four years.
Quoting a source attendee of the Fiat-Chrysler Group’s investor conference at Auburn Hills, Michigan, Auto Motor und Sport has ascertained that an octet of new models utilising rear- and all-wheel drivetrains and with a claimed 50:50 weight distribution.
Among the number will be the company’s new roadster, which shares much of it’s technology with the Mazda co-developed MX-5 and a brace of crossovers in two- and all-wheel drive configurations. These will be joined by a pair of mid-size 159 successors, possibly wearing the Guilia label, two models touted as successors to the Guilietta and what Auto Motor und Sport describes as a “special sportscar” – possibly a replacement for the 8C and hopefully in LHD and RHD configurations. The recently updated will reportedly MiTo won’t receive a successor
Powerplants on the cards include a range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel units; the former boasting outputs in the range of around 80 kW to (a rather optimistic) 375 kW, while the turbodiesels will produce outputs in the range of around 80 kW and 260 kW.
This lofty task, especially in light of these models being solely built in Italy, will see the Alfa Romeo development team grow from 200 to 600 personnel and an investment of four to five billion Euros.