GM/Fiat Premium platform

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GM/Fiat Premium platform
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car
Convertible
Coupe
Layout Front engine, Front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Body style(s) Sedan
Coupe
Roadster
Station wagon
Vehicles Alfa Romeo Brera
Alfa Romeo Spider
Alfa Romeo 159
Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon
Alfa Romeo Visconti (concept car)[1]
Opel Insignia concept[2]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,525–2,700 mm (99.4–106.3 in)

The Premium platform is General Motors's and Fiat Group's high-end automobile platform, meant for front wheel drive and four wheel drive automobiles.[3]

The architecture debuted in production form with the Alfa Romeo Brera, was used earlier Opel Insignia concept in 2003 and Alfa Romeo Visconti (concept car) in 2004. Even after the dissolution of the GM/Fiat partnership, both companies retain the rights to continue developing Premium-derived models, though no GM versions are known.

Saab stopped development of its Premium automobile in late 2002; the Saab models (the 9X sports car and the replacement for the 9-5 sedan) would have used an entirely different suspension[citation needed] than the Alfa Romeo vehicles, which would have proved too expensive. The platform debuted in 2003 with the Opel Insignia concept car, though this vehicle was not produced. A planned Buick model was also dropped.[citation needed] In the end, only the Alfa Romeo models moved forward. Some of the GM models originally set to use the Premium platform eventually were produced using the GM Epsilon II platform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Alfa Romeo Visconti Concept by Italdesign". seriouswheels.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  2. ^ "GM's All-New Platform". wardsautoworld.com. 2003. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Alfa Poised for U.S. Return". caranddriver.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.