Italy's Alfa Romeo to make US comeback this year with new two-seat sports car

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DETROIT - After a 30-year absence, Italy's storied Alfa Romeo brand will return to the United States with a new two-seat sports car.

Italian automaker Fiat SpA says the long-delayed Alfa 4C will go on sale during the second half of this year. Fiat owns Alfa and the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram brands in the U.S.

The 4C will debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. The low-sitting car with flared fenders is based on Alfa's history of racing. It has a turbocharged 1.75-litre four-cylinder engine and a chassis made of lightweight carbon fiber.

The rear-wheel-drive car will cost around $60,000 in the U.S. and be sold at Fiat dealers. The company plans to make about 1,500 per year at an Italian factory, and send half to the U.S.

Organizations: Fiat SpA

Geographic location: United States, Italy, DETROIT

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