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2010-04-22 08:54
The Fiat Group announced a raft of new models at the unveiling of its five-year strategy in Turin on Wednesday.

In his address, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne also announced plans for the further integration of US partner Chrysler, including the sharing of design and manufacturing processes.

The Group, which lists brands such as Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, aims to unveil 34 new models before 2014.

For Fiat, the 500 and 500C will both receive major facelifts in 2012. A new city car will make its appearance in 2013 and a new Panda is scheduled for 2011.

On the Alfa Romeo front, Chrysler has been tasked with building a compact SUV and a large SUV with production starting in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Chrysler will also provide the platform for a new Alfa Spider planned for 2013. A Giulia mid-sized sedan to replace the 159 is on the cards, too.

Maserati will see the arrival of a new entry-level model to rival BMW’s M5. The Quattroporte large sedan will be replace and the Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio will be tweaked.

Ferrari plans to launch at least one new model each year between now and 2013. A replacement for the 612 Scaglietti, a convertible version of the 458 Italia, a new 599 GTB and a revised California are on the list, along with the brand-new Enzo.

Combined output for the Fiat and Chrysler groups is projected at 6 million units by 2014, with most of the growth expected to come from markets such as China and India.

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