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Alfa Romeo 4C Heading for US 9
Posted by Alex Ion in Abarth, Alfa Romeo 4C, alfa-romeo, Automotive News, Fiat-Chrysler, Geneva Show, North America on 03 9th, 2011

Alfa Romeo 4C, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last week, is heading for a US release. It has been learnt that Fiat has plans to bring the Alfa Romeo brand to the United States. They are all set to work on creating a dealership presence along with the Fiat marquee.

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Fiat-Chrysler is currently building a dealership network in North America for the purpose of commencing the sales of Fiat models this year. The 500 will be the first Fiat to be sold in North America since the brand announced a return to the market.  The company hopes to have 130 Fiat dealers over there.

However, production of the 4C will be limited. Alfa Romeo plans to build up to just 20,000 units of the 4C over a five year period. The automaker also made it clear that another 5,000 to 10,000 units of a 4C roadster will be produced under the Abarth sport sub-brand.

The 4C will sport a price tag of €45,000 ($62,000) for sales in Europe.

(Via WCF)

2012 Volkswagen NMS Unveiled, to be Called Passat in North America 10
Posted by Alex Ion in automatic climate control, Automotive News, Event Coverage, GPS navigation, New Midsize Sedan, NMS, North America, Passat, power windows, Touareg, Volkswagen on 01 10th, 2011

Volkswagen has announced their New Midsize Sedan (NMS) on the eve of the Detroit. Auto show. The vehicle will be called the Passat in North America. The vehicle features a spacious cabin with Touareg-inspired instrument cluster, premium chrome accents as well as best-in-class legroom.

All the three trim models available come with a host of facilities such as automatic climate control, power windows, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning and Bluetooth connectivity.

Apart from these, it is also equipped with power seats, leather upholstery, GPS navigation, wood trim, ambient lighting, and keyless access with push button starting.

Three engines are available. The entry-level 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine produces 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. 3.6-liter V6 produces 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

The third one being the 2.0-liter TDI produces 140 hp (104 kW / 142 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque.

2012 Volkswagen Passat will go on sale later this year with a price tag of $20,000.

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