Fiat Chrysler Kills Alfa Romeo Sports Cars, Utility Vehicle
Fiat Chrysler is scaling back an ambitious plan to expand Italian luxury car brand Alfa Romeo.
The company killed plans for two new sports cars and a large sport utility vehicle, Automotive News reports. It has also reportedly stopped ongoing production of the Mito hatchback and two versions of the 4C sports car.
The moves mark the sudden reversal of a plan announced less than 18 months ago to significantly broaden Alfa Romeo’s lineup of vehicles. Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Mike Manley reportedly told investors during a recent call that the company plans to “refocus” the Alfa Romeo brand.
“I fundamentally believe in the brand but we must make sure that any investments that we make generate an appropriate return,” Manley said, according to Automotive News.
Alfa Romeo is also limiting plans to go electric. A new, small SUV will be offered with an electric battery version and a larger SUV will have plug-in capability.
How the California Lemon Law Works
Car companies often unveil extensive plans for new cars, even when they cannot seem to get their existing lineup manufactured in a way that is safe for everyone on the road.
Alfa Romeo, for example, in March announced that it was recalling some 60,000 vehicles because of cruise control problems that could cause cars to accelerate unexpectedly. Alfa Romeo blamed a software snafu at the time of the announcement.
Fortunately, the California lemon law offers some important protections for car owners in the Golden State. The law requires car makers to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. If the manufacturer refuses or is unable to make those repairs, it is obligated to buy the car back and compensate the owner for related costs. There is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback requirement kicks in.
A car manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept that option as an alternative. An experienced lemon law attorney can help you weigh your rights and options.
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