Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn has declared Alfa Romeo to be a brand with problems. Although he says that Alfa Romeo is a "very emotional" brand, and that Volkswagen would even be interested in buying Alfa Romeo if Fiat wanted to sell it, he points to the engineering as flawed.
Speaking with UK publication Autocar, Winterkorn didn't hold back.
“It’s a beautiful brand but there are quality issues with the engines and suspension systems for example,” he said. “I’m quite sure we could make a beautiful brand out of Alfa again.”“If Fiat considers selling, we’d be interested,” said Mr Winterkorn.
Whether this is a way of airing doubts about the brand to knock its selling price down or not, it's hard to tell, but owners of Alfa Romeos certainly wouldn't appreciate Winterkorn's comments we're sure.