As a check on this let’s look back: in February we reported that the plan was for eight cars by 2020. This is what I got out of the last report: – the promises included a mid-size SUV on sale by 2017 (one), by 2017-2020 there would be a ‘full-size’ SUV (two), then come two more UVs (for ‘utility vehicles’ (four). And by 2021 there would be two more ‘speciality’ models in the vein of the Alfa 4C (making six) Also confirmed by Alfa was a new hatchback (seven). I can’t find reference to car number eight.
Looking at the new reports, the promises begins with the weasel words: “up to nine new car launches”. “Up to” naturally includes a smaller number. Let’s try and count the cars promised now. They begin with the Stelvio (one), to be launched soon. A larger SUV is mentioned, slated to be “as early as 2018” (two). Or later than that, too. Then there is something called “one further SUV bodystyle” (three). Then a Giulia estate (is that really a new model?) for 2017 (four). A vaporous mention of a 5-series rival is made (five). Then tenuous reference to an Alfetta (6). Another Brera in coupe and spider forms (seven or eight). And the Mito might be replaced (and a maybe possibly nine). The Mito’s future is uncertain and so is the 5-series rival. I would count the Brera as one and subtract the Mito and Giulia estate. So, I get six new cars by 2021.