Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands returning to the U.S.--viva Italia

The last time a Fiat was sold in the United States was 1983. But now that the Italian car company controls the automaker Chrysler, we should start seeing the little Italian brand back on the roads again soon.

The company is looking to reintroduce the Fiat brand into the U.S. with the launch of the popular European subcompact Fiat 500 next year. Chrysler is planning to order 50,000 of the hatchbacks for the U.S. market in 2010, with 165 dealers adding Fiats to their showrooms.

And another legendary car brand is coming back to the States as well. Alfa Romeo (owned by Fiat since 1986) may be sold in the same showrooms as Fiat cars. Fiat in April said its five-year business plan calls for three new Alfa Romeo vehicles (the Giulia sedan and sports wagon and a SUV)  to go on sale in North America in 2012. The last time Alfas were sold in the U.S. was 1995.

Viva Italia.

Sources: Businessweek and USA Today

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