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Alfa Romeo reveals future lineup, may tap Maserati for flagship product

December 6th, 2012 by Lizzie in Alfa Romeo, Fiat

Alfa RomeoThe CEO of Fiat, Sergio Marchionne, recently revealed several details about the future plans of the Alfa Romeo brand and what is to expect of its lineup. The topman of the Italian car brand recently shared with the press that the Giulia sportwagon is still being developed and will most likely be assembled in Italy before distribution to the global market.

Marchionne also hinted that Alfa Romeo may tap Maserati to share vehicle architecture if ever they will build a large sedan on a rear wheel drive configuration. He added that this flagship vehicle will be constructed in collaboration with Maserati and the vehicle will be big enough to be chauffeur-driven.

He however did not confirm a crossover development in the Alfa Romeo garage. Marchionne also said that if ever there will be a crossover, it will be big enough and it will not be built anywhere else but in Italy.

The Fiat CEO was also asked why he did not let go of the brand to German automotive giant Volkswagen. He explained that there are just things in this world are not and cannot be for sale. He even joked that if someone approaches Ferdinand Piech, the chairman of Volkswagen, and ask to buy the VW brand, the man will also say the same thing.

Marchionne ended the interview by making clear that he does not have any plans of selling Alfa Romeo.


Future models of Alfa Romeos to get engined developed by Ferrari

October 11th, 2012 by Lizzie in Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati

Alfa-Romeo-SpiderFerrari is already manufacturing different V-8 engines used under the hoods of Maseratis, and before it came up with a 4.5L powerplant that runs the 8C Competizione of Alfa Romeo. The latest news is that the prancing horse will be busy in the next few years to produce new V-8 and V-6 engines in it stable for the future lineup of Maserati.

During the recent auto show in Paris, Fiat Group topman Sergio Marchionne told the press that they will tap the engineering skills of Ferrari to enhance the engines of future Alfa Romeo models. Marchionne did not give any details yet and said we will know within two months.

The Fiat boss is really up beat about the brand going back to its original roots of coming up with sporty cars that people love. He also sees Alfa Romeo and Jeep to have potentials of being premium brands that can roll out top-level vehicles.

It is highly possible, we will be seeing Ferrari-built, or modified engines that will power the higher end Alfa Romeo vehicles. The powerplant is believed to be a V-6 that will also be used for the Maserati. The engine will utilize forced induction technology.

The new plans of Alfa Romeo, plus the ongoing works with the 159 that will replace the Giulia, will most likely delay further its return to U.S. soil.

Another interesting incident during the Paris Auto Show centered on VW Group executive Ferdinand Piech hinting that there is still time for VW to acquire Maserati. Marchionne responded to this by saying that Piech should look somewhere else.


Alfa Romeo 1750 GTAm graces the Goodwood Festival of Speed

July 10th, 2012 by Lizzie in Alfa Romeo

Alfa-Romeo-at-Goodwood-Festival-of-Speed-3In the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, Alfa Romeo sent a bunch of the 105-seris Giulia in celebration of the model’s 50th anniversary. These old cars are the more sough after versions, the more voluptuous coupes designed Bertone.

One good piece of automotive history is the Alfa Romeo 1750 GTAm. The name is actually a bit of a misnomer as it carries a 2.0-liter powerplant using mechanical fuel injection. This car was tuned by Autodelta back in the days and only forty units went out the market. There were versions though that went out after the car’s success in the European circuit.

The 2.0-liter coupe and the Spider variant with fuel injection were only rolled out in North America. This explains the Am tag. The models released in European markets made use of carburettors until its end of production in 1977.

The car in the Goodwill Festival is a property of the museum of Alfa Romeo in Arese just north of Milan. The car had extended wheelarches so it can house the wider rims and sleek tires.

The interior of the vehicle is in pristine condition. It features a Hellebore, wood-rimmed steering wheel and racing buckets for the front seats. The 1750 GTAm also has a roll cage and a fire extinguisher.

Starting it requires a few sprays of a special fluid onto the carburettor. It will have a really loud bark once it fires and you know with that sound that it can really give out 217 bhp. The steering wheel is very light and the clutch feels like the standard ones.

Step on the gas and this Alfa Romeo will let you know that it is pretty responsive. It is pretty light at 780 kilograms so you have to remind yourself to be easy on the throttle at times. It will scream, give you a thunderous rev, and hint of its wonderful capabilities.


Alfa Romeo rolls out entry-level 103HP Giulietta

April 23rd, 2012 by Lizzie in Alfa Romeo, Alfa Romeo Giuletta

Alfa-Romeo-GiuliettaItalian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo made the Giulietta more affordable to consumers as it releases an entry level variant of the subcompact model that will be soon rolled out throughout Europe.

The current 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol powerplant that gives out 118 horsepower will have a detuned version for the new entry-level version. The base engine can produce 103HP while revving at 5,000 rpm while it has a peak torque of 152 lb-ft while at 1,750 rpm.

Alfa Romeo most likely opted for the turbocharged engine instead of the naturally aspirated 1.4L Multiair powerplant from Mito that also run on petrol because o the better torque output. The Mito’s engine only has a torque of 96 lb-ft.

For the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the 1.4L 103 horsepower engine is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission and is equipped with a start-stop system. The carmaker reports a top speed of 185 kilometers per hours or 115 miles per hour. It can go from 0 to 100 km/h in a matter of 10.6 seconds.

The Giulietta base unit has a combined fuel mileage of 6.4 liters for every 100 kilometers or about 36.8 mpg in the US. Carbon dioxide emission was measured at 149 g/km. The fuel consumption while running on urban cycle is 8.4L per 100 km while the extra urban cycle or highway driving is 5.3L per 100 km.

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New Dodge Dart hints of Alfa Romeo DNA [with video]

January 16th, 2012 by Lizzie in Dodge

Alfa Romeo has announced its return to the shores of the United States several times now but fans have also been frustrated after it has pushed back its date of comeback. Somehow we can say now that Alfa Romeo has landed again in the US in the form of the Dodge Dart that was recently unwrapped at the Detroit Motor Show.

The Dodge Dart is the resurrection of the midsize car that became popular back in the ’70s which makes use of the platform that serves as the foundation of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The new Dodge compact sedan is the first product of the cooperation between Fiat and Chrysler since the take over of Fiat back in 2009.

The design of the 2013 Dart does not take the lines of its Italian cousin since it is a 4-door sedan and not a 5-door hatchback. The vehicle is also wider and longer compared to the Giulietta. The crosshair grille also shows a very Dodge character plus the rear lights which takes inspiration from the Dodge Charger.

The Dodge Dart is 4,672 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width, and 1,465 mm in height. The wheelbase is pegged at 2,703 mm. Looking at these numbers, this ride is very much similar to the size of the newest 3-Series from BMW.

The interior of the Dodge Dart makes use of soft-touch, high quality materials plus a high tech reconfigurable cluster display of gauges among other features. The seven-inch display can be customized the driver to include a navigation system showing assist for every turn, eco-meter, audio, compass, temperatures, fuel economy, and analog or digital gauges.

It can also be setup with a media center making use of an 8.4 inch Uconnect touch screen that has built in features like radio, iPod control, navigation, blue tooth, weather updates, and other interesting stuff.

Buyers can also choose from twelve body colors, 14 combinations of color and trim for the interior, and seven options for the rims of the vehicle.

The Dart will have three options for the 4-cylinder gas engine ranging from 160 bhp to 184 bhp.

Here is a good video to give you a sneak peek of the 2013 Dodge Dart :

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Alfa Romeo 4C set to launch by 2013; tag price below £45,000

January 2nd, 2012 by Lizzie in Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo recently released an update about the ongoing works with the Alfa 4C. The team of engineers is pretty confident that they can bring a prototype out on the asphalt for testing by middle of next year and the final version to roll out on showrooms by 2013. Alfa Romeo is trying to keep the tag price below £45,000.

The build for the Alfa Romeo 4C is actually being handled by a small team formed out of the main product development structure of the company. The management loved the initial design concept that they gave it an immediate go so a car can be displayed during the Geneva show last March.

The concept car presented last March made use of a carbon tub by Dallara, a company which also helped with Alfa 8C, Bugatti Veyron, and the KTM X-bow. The production version of the 4C will use an in-house architecture designed by the team of Alfa Romeo. The final output will make use of a carbon fiber center tub and aluminum frames for the front and tail portion. It will be cheaper but a bit heavier.

The carbon fiber skin is ruled out since it will be very difficult to do production wise plus it will be really expensive. The Alfa 4C will have an SMC skin which is a light form of the GRP.

The design team of Alfa Romeo ensures though that even with the change of materials for the production version, the car will still look very much like the concept car. The interior of the Alfa 4C will also be true to what was presented with the concept vehicle. The Alfa 4C interior will appear simple and lightweight with separation of the driver and passenger and the dial pod.

Alfa Romeo is also working on the down force of the production version to give it a very good grip. The secret though will not be on the aerodynamics but more on the lightness of the car. The engineers want to keep it at around 900 kilograms on the scales and at around 4 meters in length.

Alfa is also looking to install a 230 horsepower engine which gives it a two thumbs up for a very reasonable price.


Alfa Romeo wants to focus on North America, Europe next in line

October 24th, 2011 by Lizzie in Alfa Romeo, Alfa Romeo 4C

alfa-romeo_4c_groupFiat wants to focus on the relaunch for the Alfa Romeo line in North America before they crawl back up the European market to restore their credibility as a brand. This was the statement of CEO Sergio Marchionne who also shared that the task at hand for Alfa Romeo is the toughest among his list of goals upon taking the helm at Fiat seven years ago.

Alfa Romeo is expected to tap an executive to spearhead its operations in the United States before the end of the year prior to their planned relaunch in 2013. Alfa Romeo exited the US market back in 1995 but market tests done recently showed positive results for the brand. The market pulse have convinced the management of Alfa to first focus on North America before crawling back into Europe.

Marchionne pointed out that the desirability indications of the Alfa Romeo as a brand is still positive despite being absent in the market for quite some time now. Alfa is still among the well known car brands across the globe so the company wants to take advantage of the eagerness of the market.

The mother company foresees Alfa Romeo to deliver around 400,000 units annually to its global consumers as soon as 2014. The target is quite on the ambitious side as the sales reports reflect an average of about 150,000 per year since the ’80s.

In North America, Fiat sees Alfa Romeo to roll out 85,000 vehicles by 2014 which the CEO considers as a realistic goal.

The relaunch of Alfa Romeo will have the following lineup up for grabs the rear drive compact Alfa Romeo 4C and the SUV which was developed in collaboration with Jeep. The role of the 4C in the US relaunch is vital as it rekindles the love of the market for the Alfa Spider made famous by the film The Graduate that showed in the 1960s.

Alfa Romeo will also have the 6C during the 2014 relaunch of the brand. This will be the flagship saloon lifting its DNA from the platform of the Chrysler 300. It will have the tamer version of the V63.6L Pentastar powerplant under its hood. The lineup will also include a new version of the Spider, the 5-door Mito.

Fiat is also expanding its network to around 150 dealerships before the end of the year.


Alfa Romeo unveils line of products until 2014; next generation V6 RWD Saloon in the works

October 20th, 2011 by Lizzie in Alfa Rome

During a recent conference of investors earlier this month, Alfa Romeo presented the lay out of new vehicle lines that are due for roll out until 2014. The Alfa Romeo brand has the strongest potential under the umbrella of the Fiat and Chrysler groups to reach potential markets globally. Sergio Marchionne, the brand’s topman know of the brand’s full potentials that is why he does not want to give in to clamors of companies like Volkswagen to buy Alfa Romeo.

The product plan of Alfa Romeo plans to launch their “brand igniters” primarily anchored on two new cars. These new vehicles is expected to catapult the sales of Alfa Romeo up and also improve its image on the market.

First in line is the 4C Supercar from Alfa Romeo which boasts of a carbonfiber body and a mid engine configuration. This car will also mark the return of the brand to the shores of the US. The 4C supercar is not expected to roll out in volume but the two seater with the state of the art technology will serve to remind the market of Alfa Romeo’s credentials and sport history.

The second car is the 2014 Spider roadster which according to insiders will have an excellent power-weight ratio, sporty driving attitude, and distinctive design lines.

Another important product in the pipeline is the next gen Giulia saloon and its sportwagon version. This car will be tapping into the Giulietta platform. It is expected to takeover the place of the 159 come 2014. Alfa Romeo will also field an SUV available to their global market to replace its mid-size premium model which will stop production by 2012. The latter will be meeting the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series  head on in the luxury car market.

Amid all these plans is the new Alfa Romeo 1.8 turbocharged powerplant capable of producing 300 horsepower that will be used in a wide range of vehicles.


Alfa Romeo to unveil 4C in Frankfurt [with video]

August 16th, 2011 by Pagandi J. in Alfa Romeo 4C

Everyone is awaiting for the opening of the annual Frankfurt motor show this September, and Alfa Romeo is one of the brands that may be doing an exciting unveiling. Alfa will be officially unwrapping the Alfa Romeo 4C.

The Italian carmaker recently released a teaser of the 4C on their Facebook page which was initially introduced as a concept car at the Geneva Salon.

According to the topman of Chrysler and Fiat groups, Sergio Marchionne, the 4C will be rolling onto dealerships in Europe by the first half of next year while some sample units getting on to U.S. shore before the end of 2012. Consumers in the US might after all see the production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C, or if not Alfa might field a 4C roadster version or even a more aggressive version.

In Geneva this year, the 4C concept was presented having a 1.75L turbocharged petrol engine equipped with direct injection. This engine is paired with twin clutch Alfa TCT transmission. The concept rear wheel drive 4C only weighs around 1,873 pounds with a power weight ratio of 4 kg per horsepower and can speed up from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour below 5 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 255 kph.

Watch the promo video below of the Alfa Romeo 4C:

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Fiat-Chrysler Partnership to Make 280,000 Compact SUV units a year

March 4th, 2011 by Pagandi J. in Alfa Rome, SUV

Renowned Italian automaker, Fiat S.p.A. joins forces with American car company, Chrysler Group LLC to produce about 280,000 units a year of compact SUV models for the brands Alfa Romeo and Jeep. The partnership’s activities will kick off in 2012 and will be based in the Italian automaker’s plant in Turin.

Just recently, Fiat S.p.A. has announced its approval of the $1.78 billion budget that will be used to ready the factory where the very first SUV will be born in the 101 years history of Alfa. This will also be where a new Jeep model unit will be made, in replacement of the former Patriot / Compass models.

It is speculated that the production output will start showing by the latter part of year 2012. This was confirmed by Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of the joint Fiat-Chrysler team.

According to the partnership’s spokesperson, the new Alfa SUV model will be going head to head with Mercedes-Benz GLK, Audi Q5, and the BMW X3. Marchionne also adds that the Mirafiori, Turin plant is the sole factory where the new Jeep model will be produced.

Out of the initial 280,000 units to me made in the Turin plant will be sold in the European market while the other half will be sold in North America. The new Alfa model units carry a big weight since it’s part of the Fiat’s re-launch in North America that is scheduled in early 2013.

An estimated 15,000 Jeep units are expected to be made in a year while Alfa units are expected to be somewhere around 100,000 to 130,000.


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