Alfa Romeos are heading for the States with an ETA of 2012. Meanwhile, Fiat/Chrysler has announced that the 2012 Giulia sedan and wagon, along with the 2013 Spider soft-top, will be based on a rear-drive Chrysler platform. Is anyone wondering which rear-drive Chrysler platform that would be? That's a good question. Looks like it'll be the one on which the 300 sedan is built, which comes from a previous-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Not exactly brave new world stuff, but we live in the hope that it will turn out OK. The 300's not bad, after all. Nor was the old E-Class. There's also the chance that Lancia cars may become available here, badged as Chryslers. We're still not sure if that's a good thing, although we'll look forward to finding out.

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