Chrysler says Alfa Romeo will eventually outsell Fiat in U.S.
* Fiat to leverage Jeep's global reputation to expand Alfa
* Fiat targets more than 300,000 Alfa global sales by 2016
* Alfa Romeo to be sold at Fiat dealerships in U.S., Canada
By Bernie Woodall
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 9 (Reuters) - Fiat SpA's Alfa Romeo will outsell stablemate Fiat in the United States once the sporty brand gets a foothold in its new market and expands to sell larger models, an executive with Fiat-owned Chrysler Group said on Saturday.
The first Alfa Romeo to be sold in the United States in nearly two decades, the 4C sports car, is expected to arrive late this year. Alfa Romeo will be sold at Fiat dealerships in the United States.
After the Alfa lineup in the United States is filled out, the brand is forecast to outsell Fiat models, said Peter Grady, head of network development for the Chrysler Group.
"We think that Alfa Romeo will have a little bit larger volume than Fiat will have," Grady said in an interview on the sidelines of the National Automobile Dealers Association's annual convention.
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