Does this headline seem familiar? We noted a while back that British reliability records showed Chrysler and Fiat sharing space at the bottom of the rankings. Now, Glass’s Guide (via Autocar) has ranked British resale values by model, and Fiat’s Alfa 166 sedan takes dead last place. Not that this is entirely surprising; after all, reliability and resale tend to go hand-in-hand. The troubling part is that abominable resale values are already a major drag on Chrysler’s viability. How on earth is Fiat going to improve this desperate shortcoming for Chrysler, when it can’t beat the resale bug with its own products?
Here comes the weirdest part: though Chrysler ranked just worse than Fiat in the What Car? reliability ratings, Chrysler models are nowhere to be seen in this latest resale ranking. Fiat’s 166 is in dead last place, followed by several Rovers (courtesy of China’s SAIC), a Proton, Alfa’s 156, the Renault Laguna and Cadillac CTS. Despite reports of two-fer deals on British Avengers (leave Emma Peel out of this), not a single Chrysler product makes the UK’s worst depreciation list. Which means either the transaction prices are so low there’s nowhere for them to depreciate to, or Alfa sedans (et al.) just lose that much value. Either way, it’s not a great harbinger for the future of the Fiat-Chrysler marriage.