Since the Bologna motor show earlier this month — where students from Turin showed off an Alfa Romeo small-car concept — gossip has flown about Alfa Romeo's intention to produce a new Alfasud, a small, sports minded car to compete with the new Mini. With an iconic name Italian car nuts (of a certain age) associate with a quick, nimble entry Alfa, a new, B-segment Alfasud would likely be a premium small car with a sporting brand message. It could also be built on the new Fiat Grande Punto platform, which launched successfully this year. With Alfa's imminent return, it's not out of the question we could see a model like it in the US by decade's end.
The Alfasud returns to compete against the Mini? [Eurocar Blog]
Turin Design Students Show Alfa Prototype in Bologna [internal]