Looks like another automaker will be trying to emulate the MINI sales success. Automotive News is reporting that Alfa Romeo is planning on building a MINI fighter for 2008. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

>Due by 2008, the Junior will become Alfa’s new entry model, fitting below the lower-premium 147, which will be replaced in late 2008 by the larger 149.

>The Junior’s range-topping 230hp version will come with Alfa’s Q2 part-time four-wheel-drive transmission system as standard equipment. The carmaker will show a concept version of the 147 that features the Q2 system at the Paris auto show in September. Alfa is expected to offer the Q2 system on the 147 and GT Coupe starting next year.

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[ Alfa to build a Mini fighter ] Automotive News Europe


Here another article that doesn’t require registration:

[ Alfa to build a Mini fighter ] Reuters UK