After much speculation and handwringing over the fate of the brands involved in the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group which is home to Peugeot, Citroen, and Opel/Vauxhall, the axe has finally fallen.
While all the badges will remain, Autoweek reports that two highly anticipated sports cars from the Alfa Romeo badge have gotten the axe.
3 Alfa Romeo 8C
The first one to go is Alfa’s high-end halo ride the 8C. The 2007 limited edition run based on the show stealing concept car sold 1,000 copies with half of those being the topless ‘Spider’ versions. Sharing an engine from its Maserati stablemate that was good for 444hp planted in the middle of the car it was capable of runs to 62mph in 4.2 seconds.
The updated version was destined for a twin turbo charger and electric boost to the front wheels good for 700 hp.
2 Alfa Romeo GTV
The GTV was meant as a performance coupe version of the already popular Giulia sedan with a badge that hearkens back to the brand’s original race on Sunday drive on Monday coupe from the 60s. The GTV was also expected to gain its performance edge via an electric boost as well.
1 Shared Platforms and More Brands in the US
Automotive News Europe reported an interview with the CEO of the newly merged company that’s now the fourth largest in the world that asserted that none of the brands were going to being axed, citing the long history they all have.
FCA hopes to gain access to shared platforms to cut costs across the brands while the PSA Group looks to crack the North American market, reintroducing French brands to American shores for the first time in decades.