But see, there is no harm in marrying features with engineering capability, is there? What stops Fiat from bringing in a touchscreen system, or even an AT/Dualogic gearbox and more importantly, the 1.6MJD ? And what stops them from marketing what they already have ? That is what makes me think they have sorta given up on the Linea-in fact havent even tried. I hope it does not go the Fiat Sienna/Petra way come 2015/2016. BTW its not that all Japs/Koreans have a choppy ride/handling. The Honda Accord has always been a sharp ride/handling platform IIRC. My own Accord was so much better in terms of handling than my Camry (which felt softly sprung) , and leagues ahead of the equivalent American cars of that time.