Alfa Giulia, Fiat 124 Spider debut in LA

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV brought a bit of Italy to the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The automaker on Wednesday unveiled sporty Italian-built cars from Alfa Romeo and Fiat – two of Italy's most iconic brands aside from Ferrari.

The high-performance Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio midsize sedan made its North American debut at 11:25 a.m., followed by the global unveiling of the Fiat 124 Spider roadster at 1 p.m.

Fiat Chrysler unveils Alfa Romeo Giulia midsize sedan

Watch executives from both brands unveil the vehicles below.

The high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio originally debuted in Italy in June for the brand's 105th anniversary. The sedan delivers class-leading 505 horsepower and accelerates from 0-60 in 3.8 Seconds. It is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms in the second-quarter of 2016 starting at about $70,000.

The resurrected 124 Spider is expected at U.S. dealerships next summer — 50 years after the original car debuted in Italy.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

The 124 Spider was last sold in the United States in 1985. Its return to the market is an attempt to increase awareness of Fiat, which has struggled to drum up sales since returning to North America after a nearly 30-year hiatus in 2011.

The roadster will be powered by Fiat Chrysler's turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir engine capable of 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The 124 Spider will be available in two trim levels: Classica and Lusso. Both models will be available in six exterior paint colors. Pricing and fuel economy will be announced closer to the launch of the two-seater, according to officials.

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