Alfa Romeo's Duetto Spider may have shot to fame in the 1967 film The Graduate, but even this Hollywood endorsement couldn't stop the car from being axed in 1993. Previous Alfa Romeo CEO Luca de Meo has hinted at bringing back the iconic Alfa Romeo Spider in the past, and according to new report a new generation of the Spider is being formulated as part of a revitalization program for the automaker’s aging fleet.
All is not well, however, as there has been a freeze put on Alfa Romeo’s future plans until a review of the brand is completed in April. If the review is unsuccessful, there’s a chance the recently revealed Giulietta hatchback will be the last Alfa Romeo ever produced.
Part of the expanding Fiat Group, Alfa Romeo has suffered massive losses for the past couple of years and managed to sell just 110,000 cars last year-- almost half of what it sold in 2000.
The drum up excitement for the brand, Alfa Romeo is preparing to unveil three striking concept cars at next month’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show: a new coupe previewing a replacement for the Brera, a sedan previewing the replacement for the 159 and a convertible concept for a possible new Spider.
Pininfarina will be responsible for the styling of the Spider, which we saw an official teaser of last week.
If given the green light, it would likely be built on Fiat Group’s versatile C-Evo platform and be available in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations with a range of fuel-efficient Multiair engines.