Giulietta Wagon Joining Alfa Romeo's European Lineup; Won't Come to America…For Now

By Trevor Dorchies | December 20, 2011
It's no secret that wagons are a much bigger hit in Europe than here in the U.S. That's why Alfa Romeo will be introducing the Giulietta wagon in Europe, but its stateside kin—the recently teased 2013 Dodge Dart—will be sedan-only. According to Automotive News Alfa Romeo will have the Giulietta wagon in place and ready for the market by mid-2013. The Giulietta is currently Alfa Romeo's top-selling model in Europe, and a wagon variant should only bolster those numbers. It will also satisfy parent company Fiat's need for a competitor in the wagon segment, which is something Fiat hasn't had since the lackluster Stilo Multi Wagon which was discontinued back in 2008. Wagons account for almost 25 percent of the market in Europe and almost 75 percent of the compact market in both Germany and Italy. Why the Giulietta won't come to America (for the time being at least) can be blamed on a few things. First, U.S. customers prefer the roomier confines of a sedan or crossover. Second, studies in U.S. clinics showed that Americans felt the Giulietta's cockpit was to narrow. For those who still wish this Subaru WRX STi fighter would roll up on U.S. shores sooner rather than never there may still be hope. Alfa may still reverse its plan to move a restyled Giulietta hatchback to the U.S. by mid-2013 when it starts installing more models here.
Do you think a Giulietta wagon would be a success here or would it fail? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Automotive News

I think that a true wagon with a long up-swept rear overhang and a narrow width would sell. Narrow cars have their advantages on narrow roads and in tight alleys. We aren't all obese here. A real wagon is a practical vehicle of which few survive.