Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed an ambitious five-year plan that will see an aggressive expansion of most of its brands – Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Ferrari, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. The group plans to increase sales by as much as 60% to 7 million units by the end of 2018, achieving a revenue of €132 billion a year, an increase of 52% over 2013. Alfa Romeo – chasing BMW The big news came from Alfa Romeo, who announced that a new rear-wheel and all-wheel drive architecture will be built that will underpin everything from C-segment to executive vehicles. The new cars will be developed with a number of key attributes, namely “advanced, innovative engines, perfect 50/50 weight distribution, unique technical solutions, class exclusive power-to-weight ratios and groundbreaking and distinctly Italian design”. First to the market will be a new midsize offering, most likely the often-delayed Giulia compact executive saloon that will rival the BMW 3 … [Read more...] about Fiat Chrysler Automobiles five-year plan unveiled – new Alfa RWD lineup, a new Ferrari every year
Alfa Romeo is back alive and kicking with a launch of 4 new models in Malaysia all at once. Spearheading the list and expected to the the company’s volume seller here is the long-awaited Alfa Romeo 159, priced at RM 188,888. Under the hood is a 2.2 litre JTS inline-4 twin cam engine mated to a 6-speed Selespeed automated manual transmission. The JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) is a direct injection lean burn engine that puts out 185 PS at 6,500rpm and 230Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, which is quite torquey for a 2.2 litre unit. The 159 has a decent level of equipment. We’re talking about a total of 9 airbags for the front, rear, side and driver knee, and there is also a front passenger airbag deactivation feature. Creature comforts include bi-xenon headlamps with washer, auto dimming rear view mirror, auto driving light control, follow me home headlamps, keyless ignition, rain sensor wipers, paddle shifts, stability control, an 8 speaker sound system, a sunroof, and full … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo models launched in Malaysia, including the Alfa 159 finally!
Alfa Romeo has revealed launch specifications for the new Stelvio SUV, including two new engine options and three trim levels heading to the UK. We’ve already seen and covered the Stelvio in range topping, 503bhp Quadrifoglio trim, revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show late last year. The latest news from Alfa outlines the regular Stelvio range, which will include one petrol and one diesel engine from launch. This is Alfa’s first SUV, and the firm has high hopes that it’ll become its biggest seller almost overnight. • Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive review The Stelvio is the second model in what’s set to be a big product charge from Alfa Romeo. The company’s entire fleet will be overhauled by 2020 with the inclusion of all-new models. Eight new Alfas will be on sale by the end of the decade, so expect six more cars over the coming years. The Stelvio uses the latest design language established by the new Giulia saloon, boasting the same new face and … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV: Engines and trim levels revealed
The Stelvio SUV is very possibly the most important car in Alfa Romeo's 105-year history, according to company boss Reid Bigland. But if that sounds like hyperbole given Alfa’s illustrious past, then consider this; the Stelvio will account for more than half of all Alfa sales globally once it hits the street later this year – and in the process it will transform Alfa into a major world player in the premium segment. It’ll spearhead a fresh new marketing push, not just into the USA but also China and all of Asia as well. • Best 4x4s and SUVs on sale right now In the UK it could even account for as much as two thirds of Alfa sales over the next five years, so it's a fundamental car for the famous old Italian car brand. Based heavily on the underpinnings of the well received Giulia saloon, the Stelvio will initially come with two engine choices in the UK; a 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit with 276bhp and 400Nm, or a 2.2-litre diesel with 207bhp and 470Nm. Both … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2017 review
Few manufacturers evoke passion like Alfa Romeo, so it’s no surprise to see a fantasy Alfa rank so highly in our table. The Alfa Romeo Montreal first appeared in concept form almost 50 years ago at the Expo 67 show in Montreal, Canada and its timeless design and graceful stance still seems to have had a lasting effect on car fans. Three years after its debut as a concept, the production version of the Alfa Romeo Montreal was revealed to the world at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. The transformation from concept to production car had brought with it a wealth of mechanical changes for the Montreal, switching from a 1,600cc engine to a 2.6-litre V8 developing around 195bhp. It was capable of getting from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 134mph. • Best used sports cars to buy now Yet, what really got people hot beneath the collar was the styling of the 2+2 sports coupe. It featured a fake air-duct cut into the bonnet and unusual grilles over the headlights that … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Montreal – Most Wanted Cars 2014
Jeep was recently tapped to build a Grand Cherokee–based Maserati crossover in Michigan, and now it seems Italy is set to return the favor. Alfa Romeo and Jeep will get distinct versions of a crossover that will be built at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, according to an announcement made by Fiat capo Sergio Marchionne last week. Assuming Alfa finally makes its return to the U.S., both crossovers will be exported to our market in 2012 or 2013. Both the Jeep and the Alfa are intended for sale in Europe, as well. The Alfa Romeo version should be the sportier of the two, with unique sheetmetal to match the current Alfa design motif (rather than the curvier look of the 2003 Kamal concept car, shown above). The Jeep will look like, well, a Jeep. They’ll ride on Fiat’s “Compact Wide” architecture, which sees the company’s compact platform stretched nearly two inches in width from its dimensions as used in the C-segment Alfa Romeo Giulietta … [Read more...] about Jeep Compass/Patriot Replacement to be Built in Italy Alongside New Alfa Romeo Crossover
Alfa Romeo is planning a new executive saloon to rival the BMW 5 Series, Auto Express can reveal – and our exclusive images show how it’s likely to look. The new model will feature a range of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid and the company’s first-ever six-cylinder diesel. As it will be based on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the recently launched Giulia saloon, it should share the engine range, including the four-cylinder diesel and petrol units, too. • Best executive cars on sale right now “We owe our investors a constant stream of new, fresh global products that can be sold,” Fiat Chrysler chief technology officer Harald Wester told Auto Express. “It will be a relatively fast sequence of relevant and saleable products like saloons and SUVs.” The Giulia uses a 2.2-litre diesel with either 148bhp or 178bhp and a 2.0-litre petrol with 197bhp – and both are likely to appear in the larger saloon. Wester told us that the … [Read more...] about Alfa Romeo’s new BMW 5 Series rival revealed
Despite contemptible slander of the title by a succession of Pontiac Grand Ams, the initials GT (for Grand Touring) define a category that produces some of the most interesting—and often priciest—vehicles extant. Rich business folk and heirs to hotel fortunes must travel quickly, stylishly, and in comfort (and often without panties). GT offerings, therefore, must feature effortless speed, thoroughly tailored luxury, and lines that produce at least envy in others, if not lust. Alfa Romeo returns to the American market with the 8C Competizione, which aims not just to put the Grand back in GT, but also to prime the public for the return to these shores of Alfa’s more pedestrian models as well. Following is a look at the Alfa and six other exclusive fantasies with which—despite grand variations in speed, notoriety, price, and execution—the 8C must compete for both dollars and dreams. View Photos View Photos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next Page … [Read more...] about Competitors in the Crosshairs: 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C
Alfa chose Giulia (Julia, in English) because Karen was taken. From the August 2016 issue 1) What’s taken so long? The Giulia’s gestation has been as complicated as the plot line of an Italian telenovela, with its development (or lack of it) happening in parallel with Alfa Romeo’s ambition to return fully to the United States. It’s been a decade since Sergio Marchionne, then Fiat’s CEO, first promised to bring Alfa back, the merger with Chrysler in 2009 offering an obvious shortcut to making it happen. The original plan was for the Giulia to use the same Compact U.S. Wide platform that underpinned the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. Fortunately, that certain rendezvous with disaster was nixed, reportedly by Marchionne himself when he realized what a bad basis for an aspirational sports sedan the Dart would be. Instead, Alfa developed a new rear-drive platform mostly by itself, the project in the hands of a small team known as the Skunks, in reference to … [Read more...] about 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: Is the Wait Finally Over?
In Milan, union representatives marched to the German consulate and handed the consul a letter in which they demand that Fiat lets Alfa go and that Volkswagen takes over.” With the letter delivered, the demonstrators grabbed megaphones and shouted: “Alfa has no chance with Fiat. We want Volkswagen!” Scusami? Of course, all involved say that rumors of a wedding between an Italian Romeo and a Julia from Wolfsburg are just rumors. Can’t you listen? It’s rumors! Controsenso! According to Die Welt, VW Chairman Piech is forcing the pace of the Alfa Romeo romance. He just said that the brand “could be brought back to its old glory with little effort.” Piech is also said to be behind Volkswagen’s intensifying labor piracy in Italy: Volkswagen bought the Italian design house Giuigiaro, they hired Walter de Silva as Chief Designer, later they robbed Luca de Meo and Giovanni Perosino. Meanwhile, Alfa is run by a German, Harald Wester. When de Silva … [Read more...] about Only In Italy: Unions Demand Alfa Romance With Volkswagen
When it was first introduced, what we know today as the Ferrari Dino was a bit of a conundrum. Simultaneously a tribute to Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari’s beloved deceased son, the first roadgoing midengine car from Ferrari, and an attempt to amortize costs between Ferrari and Fiat, which had bought the sports car maker in 1969, the Dino was also the first non-V12 powered car made by Ferrari and in fact it was not originally sold as a Ferrari. Dino was supposed to be a new marque for six and eight cylinder cars from the company, at a lower price point than Ferrari branded cars. That idea went away after the Dino 308 models, but the notion that the Dino was not quite a Ferrari sort of stuck to the car when it first came out. That the Dino had a DOHC V6 engine, designed by Ferrari to compete in Formula 2 but originally built in a Fiat factory to homologate it and shared with the Fiat Dino, a completely different car with, confusingly, the same name, didn’t … [Read more...] about Will Auto Enthusiasts in 2053 See The Alfa Romeo 4C As This Generation’s Dino?
Alfa Romeo has never had a problem designing a pretty car and the Giulietta hatchback is another in the long catwalk of Alfas at which one look is seldom enough. Of course, there’s more to creating a great family hatchback than sculpting some aesthetically pleasing metalwork to clothe it in. It’s in some of these other key areas where the Alfa Giulietta has stumbled in the past. That’s partly why Alfa Romeo has brought the Giulietta in for a facelift. This revised car boasts increased equipment, so all versions have air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, the D.N.A driving mode selector and the Uconnect Live infotainment system. There are also new upholsteries, and new alloy wheel designs. Then, on top of all that, Alfa couldn’t resist making the Giulietta a bit prettier, just for good measure. • Best hatchbacks The Giulietta front end now reflects that of the new Alfa Giulia saloon. The cleaner front end with its honeycomb grille and reshaped … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2016 facelift review
The Paris Auto Show is usually packed with just about every auto manufacturer under the sun, but this year the show is going to be missing a number of big names. We first learned that Volvo, Ford, Aston Martin, and Rolls-Royce would be missing, and more recently we’ve learned that Bentley and Lamborghini will also be skipping out on the show. That’s a lot of big names, but there’s at least one automaker that will be in Paris in full force with a number of new cars. That automaker is Alfa Romeo, and one of those cars is the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce – a model that debuts two new engines (one gasoline and one diesel) and Alfa’s long awaited Q4 all-wheel drive system. These engines represent the basis for two mid-level models with the gasoline-powered 2.0-liter producing 280 horsepower and the 2.2-liter diesel promising 210 horsepower. But, we’ll talk more about the available engines later. With these two new models, it has become pretty clear that … [Read more...] about 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and quickly found itself atop our wish list. Based on the 2014 4C , the 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves closer to its North American arrival in the 2016 model year. The most obvious change to the car is its removable top and additional bodywork rising from the rear decklid. A naked-carbon-fiber roll bar hoops over the passenger compartment, as does a similar windshield brace. Beside the lack of a sloping rear window, the car keeps a similar profile to its coupe counterpart. There are changes underneath the bodywork, however. Alfa had to add structural supports to the carbon-fiber tub in order to retain the car’s rigidity. The new materials result in 132 additional pounds, but the Italians claim it the extra weight won’t affect the car’s performance. New, more traditional headlights replace the bug-eyed ones from the coupe, while new center-mounted exhaust pipes give … [Read more...] about 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Having already returned to being a relevant carmaker thanks to the 4C sports car and the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo is getting its vehicle development plans into high gear with several fresh models by 2018, two of which will be SUVs. The first hauler was originally scheduled to hit showrooms in 2017 and it made its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes by the name Stelvio and will compete against the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Porsche Macan. Unlike most of its rivals, Alfa Romeo also developed a high-peformance version of the Stelvio, and just like the Giulia sedan, it wears the green Quadrifoglio badge. But the badge isn’t the only thing that the two nameplates have in common. The crossover itself is based on the sedan, sharing many components in the chassis and drivetrain, as well as the same styling language. What’s more, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will hit the streets with the same 2.9-liter V-6 rated at more than 500 horsepower! "The … [Read more...] about 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
The long wait for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is almost over. Alfa’s first SUV was revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show last month, and we now know it’ll come with a starting price of £35,000 when it hits UK showrooms in 2017. Alfa has high hopes for the Stelvio, and it should easily become the firm’s biggest seller. The Stelvio is the second model in what’s set to be a big product charge from Alfa Romeo. The company’s entire fleet will be overhauled by 2020 with the inclusion of all-new models. Eight new Alfas will be on sale by the end of the decade, so expect six more cars over the coming years. The Stelvio uses the latest design language established by the new Giulia saloon, boasting the same new face and taillight design. Like that car, it makes its debut in range topping Quadrofoglio form, using the same 503bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. As such, the Porsche Macan Turbo rival boasts huge performance – 0-62mph is done in 3.9 seconds, while top … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Stelvio: All the details on Alfa’s SUV
Our first drive of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia in diesel form impressed, but alongside that version you’ll also be able to buy a 2.0-litre petrol model. It won’t be a top seller, as the more economical diesel will appeal more to company car buyers - but cars like the BMW 320i, which this Giulia will rival, do still have a market in the UK. • Best executive cars on sale right now Putting the economy aside for now, it’s easy to see why you might pick the petrol Giulia. It’s quieter than the diesel at low revs and sends less vibration through the car when you push it harder. There’s a sporty tone to the engine as you step on the throttle too, so it’s good fun to stretch out. Performance is impressive too, and with 197bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds the Alfa beats the BMW 320i. There’s 330Nm of torque available at just 1,750rpm, but maximum power comes in at 5,000rpm - so you can rely on the torque for in-gear performance, or enjoy the … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 petrol review
In recent years, few manufacturers have relied on the goodwill of buyers as much as Alfa Romeo. The Italian brand used to be a byword for style, performance and driver thrills, but over the past decade or so, its line-up has flattered to deceive, with bold looks hiding below-par quality and lacklustre driving dynamics. Even the dazzling showroom shine of the flawed 4C sports car failed to revive the firm’s fortunes. However, that’s all set to change with the all-new Giulia. Designed as a rival for the Jaguar XE and BMW 3 Series, the handsome rear-wheel-drive saloon impressed us when we sampled it in Italy earlier this year, but how will it fare on UK roads? To find out, we grabbed the keys to a left-hand-drive example of the Quadrifoglio flagship. • Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 petrol review This scorching supersaloon is powered by a 503bhp twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6, and it has models such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C 63 firmly in its sights. Yet you don’t … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 2016 review
Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia saloon holds so much promise. Up until now we’ve only driven the crushingly fast Giulia Quadrifoglio performance version on UK roads, but it’s this diesel model that’ll make up the bulk of the sales – so how does it stack up? • Best executive cars on sale We’ve been here before, as Alfas of the past have sworn plenty but not delivered on the claims. However, things are different with the Giulia. The compact executive saloon class is as competitive as it’s ever been. With the Jaguar XE, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 all vying for your hard-earned cash, the Giulia has its work cut out. In the regular range there’s one petrol engine – a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo – and two diesels. Both are 2.2-litre units, producing either 148bhp or 178bhp, and it’s the latter fitted to our test car. It’s the only engine available in range-topping Speciale trim as seen here. Mated to an … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Giulia 2016 review
Order books for the Alfa Romeo Giulia – Alfa’s new BMW 3 Series rival and the first car in the company’s upcoming product overhaul – are now open, with prices kicking off at £29,180 in the UK. First deliveries are slated to take place by the end of November, so those at the front of the queue will be getting their cars this Christmas. The base price will net you a model in base trim, which comes as standard with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol. Base models get 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, climate control, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. While this base model is a few thousand pounds more than an equivalent BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE, the Giulia hits back with a more powerful engine and greater levels of standard safety equipment including autonomous city braking and lane-departure warning. Trim levels run up from there through Super, Tecnica and Speciale before the top-of-the-line … [Read more...] about New Alfa Romeo Giulia: Prices, specs, order books open now