Fiat Auto delayed several new models and engines as part of a cost-reduction plan outlined by its executives.
Fiat's new full-size sedan, the successor to the old Croma, has been delayed by two years until 2005.
A small minivan based on the Punto, called B-MPV internally, has been postponed by a year until 2004.
The second-generation common-rail diesel engine and a new 1.3-liter turbodiesel have been delayed by a year until 2003.
As reported, plans for a minivan based on the Stilo have been canceled. The minivan would have competed with the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira, Renault Scenic, Citroen Xsara Picasso and future models from Ford and Volkswagen.
Instead, a restyling of the Multipla has been moved forward by one year from 2005 to 2004. A Fiat-badged sport-utility will also be introduced in 2005. Sources say the sport-utility will be based on a Suzuki design. Fiat's equity partner, General Motors, owns a 20 percent stake in Suzuki.
Plans for the new 'Small' platform, which will replace both the Panda and Seicento in 2003, remain unchanged. Five-door versions of the platform will arrive in 2003 and three-door variants are due a year later.
Lancia will launch its Thesis sedan and the Phedra full-size minivan this year and the replacement for the Epsilon supermini in 2003. But the next all-new Lancia, a successor to the Lybra, won't appear until 2005.
Executives said Alfa Romeo would add the sporty GTA to the 147 range by year-end. A new small coupe based on the 147, the Sprint, will be added next year when the entire Alfa range will be facelifted.
A new 156 will follow in late 2004 and a new 156 Sportwagon derivative is scheduled to arrive six months later.
In late 2004, Alfa also plans to introduce a limited production version of a new sports car. The new model will be derived from the Brera concept car shown by Italdesign-Giugiaro at the Geneva show in March.
In 2005, Alfa will launch a new Spider and a crossover model based on the Premium vehicle architecture Fiat is developing with Saab and General Motors.