Top Gear has always said that you are not a true petrolhead until you have owned an Alfa Romeo. Alfa’s were last imported here back in 1995. It has been almost twenty years, and even though it has been rumored countless times before, Alfa Romeo may finally be making their return to the states through sales at Fiat dealerships, though with one caveat. Only those dealerships that performed well last year might have the sporty, yet known for being temperamental, Italian cars, reports The Detroit News.
Ready for summer, Alfa’s 4C sports coupe is set to be the introductory model, however, the initial shipment is set to go on sale at current Maserati dealers first. Rick Deneau, spokesman for Fiat Chrysler, says that Fiat Dealers have not been notified yet whether they have been selected.
Michael Golling has high hopes that he will be selected. When his family took ownership of two Fiat Dealerships, one here in Birmingham off Grant’s Mill Road, and the other in Bloomifield Hills in Detroit, he like many others thought they would be first in line for the incentive of selling Alfa’s first in 2012, then in 2013, and now, hopefully, the summer of 2014.
“That was a part of it, though the opportunity to sell Fiats was a major lure at the time.” Golling told the Detroit News. “We’re in the perfect spot for it in Birmingham. We’ve got Audi, Land Rover, Porsche and Mini on the same block. I think we could sell a lot of them. But we’re not guaranteed it.”
Worse yet, the only car scheduled to come over is the new 4C. None of the other mainstream models are set for US shores, and only a thousand of the 4C’s are planned to be exported here. So, if you want to finally want to own an Alfa, you better get in line.