Chris Rees

Chris Rees

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Alfa Romeo Mito
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To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform have been greatly exaggerated. There was a real news storm recently when Alfa Romeo’s new boss, Jean-Philippe Imparato, was quoted saying that Stellantis will “no longer use the Giorgio platform”. Cue shrieks of ‘Alfa axes the Giulia!’ and ‘Stelvio is dead!’. Forums were awash with comments like ‘what happens to my QV order now?’. Turns out this wasn’t really the story at all. Such was the furore and the misinformation around the quote that Imparato was forced to clarify the position. So what are the facts? Imparato originally told the press: "We are working on the ‘Large’ platform at Stellantis and we will no longer use the Giorgio.” Subsequently, Imparato clarified his statement: “The Giorgio platform will not be axed but will be integrated into the system of Stellantis architectures.” So Giorgio lives on after all; the Maserati Grecale will use Giorgio as planned; the Giulia and Stelvio are in no danger of being axed. Phew. It’s also good to hear that Alfa’s product plan currently includes a whole line of new Quadrifoglio models. “Proposals will be evaluated and we will not betray the spirit of the Quadrifoglio,” says Imparato. “If we believe that a sports version cannot be built on a car then we will not do it.” Another positive to come from Imparato is an end to Alfa’s constant to-and-fro on product planning: “We need stability. What we are doing is putting a plan on track over 10 years… Once this is done we will not change.” Expect to hear more about Alfa’s future plans after the launch of the new Tonale SUV, which will arrive in Italian dealerships in June 2022. That’s a delay of about six months because Imparato felt the Tonale needed an urgent upgrade in performance, as well as being launched from day one in plug-in hybrid form. He also confirmed that a new, smaller Alfa Romeo SUV model will be built in Poland. All in all, Alfa’s future is suddenly looking a lot rosier.

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