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Fiat Chrysler pushes back Alfa Romeo launch in North America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) originally planned to launch eight Alfa Romeo in North America by 2018. However, Automotive News reports that the company will add only a midsize SUV and the Giulia to Alfa Romeo by the end of next year, while other vehicles won’t appear until between 2017 and 2020.

Apparently, FCA wants to “realign” its North American production capacity to produce more pickups and SUVs, and therefore fewer cars. Why? It’s simple: Fuel prices will likely remain low for a long period of time, meaning consumer demand for trucks will be strong.

FCA doesn’t seek to build more assembly plants. Rather, it aims to seal new partnerships and strengthen existing ones, while also ramping up hybrid production. What’s more, a diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler will be introduced “before 2022.”