January 13, 2014 / 5:43 PM / 5 years ago

Marchionne: top-selling U.S. Fiat dealers to get first batch of Alfas

Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne (L) chats with Fiat Group Chairman John Elkann during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 13, 2014. Marchionne will stay on as CEO of the company for another three years. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

DETROIT (Reuters) - The head of Fiat SpA FIA.MI said on Monday that the company’s top-performing U.S. dealers will get the first tranche of Alfa Romeo vehicles when the sporty Italian brand is reintroduced to the U.S. market this spring.

Speaking at the Detroit auto show, Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said a second Alfa model will come to the United States in 2015 but he did not say which one.

The first model scheduled to appear in Fiat showrooms - the 4C - will be the first Alfa Romeo to be sold in the United States in nearly two decades.

Reporting by Bernie Woodall; editing by Matthew Lewis

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