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Fiat Qubo Trekking

2009 Frankfurt Motor Show: Euro-spec Fiat Qubo Trekking




The Fiat Qubo, the passenger hauling version of the Italian automaker's Fiorino panel vans, will receive rugged credentials courtesy of the new Trekking trim. Debuting at the Frankfurt auto show, the Qubo Trekking is equipped with Fiat's Traction+ system, which improves the MPV's drive and handling in low-traction environments with an electronic differential lock for the front wheels in lieu of a full four-wheel drive system.


The Traction+ system improves performance in slippery situations by braking the wheel with the lowest grip and transferring additional power to the opposite wheel. Since the Qubo Trekking does not have the added weight and power loss associated with a four-wheel drive system, fuel economy and maintenance costs are not affected. According to Fiat, the standard Qubo is capable of achieving 52.27 mpg when equipped with the 75-horsepower, 1.3-liter Multijet diesel engine.

The Qubo Trekking will also come with a front bumper with engine guard, Trekking-specific wheel arches, Pirelli 2500 M+S tires, a 20-millimeter-raised suspension, and rear Trekking stickers. The Trekking will start at 12,650 GBP, or about $21,000, when it is introduced to the UK later this month.

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Fiat Punto - Gimme red!



What is common between a Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and the new Fiat Punto?

September 18, 2009

Red is a colour that has very few associations.

Ferrari is one of them, Alfa Romeo is another and well, Fiat India thinks you should be associating red with their spunky new small car, the Punto. Yes, you read it right, Punto and not the Grande Punto. You see, when the 'Grande Punto' first came out some three years ago, Fiat was still manufacturing the 'Punto', which is why this one got the name Grande or 'big'. Now that the erstwhile Punto has been retired, the Grande Punto has lost its Grande, so there. But let's get back to our discussion about the colour, and I admit, it looks good in red. Heck, it looks good in any colour and if I may dare say, it is the best looking small car on sale in India today, at least until Fiat introduces a scorpion-badged Abarth version. It also has one of the most sorted rides, has very good high speed stability and feels like it's built to last a pounding for a couple of Raid de Himalayas. Is that enough dope for you to stop reading further and go ahead and book yourself a Punto? I fear not, so let me explain in as structured a manner as possible.

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Really, I mean it when I say it looks stunning. And it's not a case of form overruling function, but a genuine attempt to marry both. Like with the Linea, the association of the design language with Maseratis is quite strong and that can only be a good thing. The large ovular headlamps sweep back to create a pear drop effect, while the large checkered grille with the MultiJet badging looks smart. The integration of the bonnet shutline is a work of art too, and instead of resorting to fuzzy pinch lines, Fiat left the bonnet clean.

The flowing lines and the large A-pillar make the car appear larger than it actually is. With clean door panels and a well-integrated tail-lamp cluster, the Punto is a study in design. Even the boot lid has no fuzzy detailing with just badging to round off the exteriors. The MultiJet we have here comes with fantastically carved 14-inch alloy wheels, but the 15-inchers on the 1.4 FIRE look even more exciting.

On the inside, you are greeted by now familiar interiors of the Linea, a sign that this is how much Fiat could differentiate between two cars base on the same platform. The Punto is priced a couple of lakh lower than the Linea and that shows on the interiors. Some of the plastics feel poorly built and the finish on some others isn't the same as on the Linea. Yet the dashboard feels solid, the control stalks feel strong and the dials are, well, as you will find on the Linea - pretty good indeed.

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2009 Frankfurt Auto Show: Hamann Largo Fiat 500

LAUPHEIM, Germany — Hamann unveiled a customization package for the Fiat 500 at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, and it makes the rally-bred Abarth variant look as if it's barely upgraded from stock. Keeping up with the creative names seen on its other vehicles, the tuner is calling this the Hamann Largo.

Hamann outfits the hot hatch with a dual sport exhaust and a performance engine kit that increases output to 265 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque — quite an upgrade for a vehicle that weighs just over 2,000 pounds. The German tuner also upgrades braking with perforated 11.0-inch front and 9.2-inch rear brake discs, while handling is improved thanks to a coil-over suspension that lowers the car as much as 2.4 inches.

External modifications include a new front bumper with LED lights, front and rear lip spoilers, side skirts and a rear diffuser. Anodized matte-black 18-inch alloys shod in 215/35 or 225/35 rubber finish off the look of the hot hatch. The ground effects package widens the vehicle 1.2 inches in the front and 1.4 inches in the back, giving it a much more aggressive stance when combined with the dropped suspension.

An aluminum pedal set and floor mats with the Hamann logo are the only additions to the Fiat's interior.

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Fiat Sedici Review

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Think of off-roaders and Fiat is undoubtedly not the brand that springs to mind. That's something that the Sedici is meant to change - a compact "soft roader" that's been developed in conjunction with Suzuki.

If this is bringing back memories of the disastrous partnership between Nissan and Alfa Romeo in the 'eighties then don't worry - the Sedici is far better than the dreadful Alfa Arna. It's looks are boxy but not unappealing, courtesy of Giugiaro's legendary design pen. The running gear and state-of-the-art transmission system have been developed by Suzuki, which knows a thing or two about how to build tough off-roaders.

The cabin is spacious and well equipped - although bland design limits the feeling of specialness. Rear space is relatively tight for a car in this segment - and the boot offers less capacity than a typical family hatchback.

Two engines are available - a 1.6 litre 16 valve petrol and a 1.9 litre Multijet turbodiesel. Unsuprisingly, it's the oilburner that makes the most convincing package thanks to a combination of gutsy performance, refined manners and seriously impressive economy. The 1.6 litre petrol version can only muster a relatively disappointing 107 bhp and sounds loud under hard use.

The Suzuki-sourced transmission is also a smart piece of kit. It uses an electrically controlled centre diff that allows the car to remain in front-wheel drive mode in most conditions and only calls the rear axle into play if slip is detected. Although primarily designed for on-road use, the Sedici is surprisingly adept when it comes to handling mud and slime.

Sussing out the market for the Sedici - and the Suzuki version for that matter - isn't quite so straightforward. If there really is a queue of customers waiting for a supermini-sized off-roader, they've yet to make their presence felt.
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Styling

3 star out of 5

Not one of Giugiaro's best efforts. Neat, tidy and well executed, but shouldn't we be expecting a bit more style from a modern Fiat?
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3 star out of 5

Suzuki looked after the interior and there are few complaints inside. The seats are comfortable - although legroom in the back is limited.
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Performance

3 star out of 5

The 1.9 litre Multijet turbodiesel is a fine engine and provides the Sedici with ample performance. Sadly, the petrol engine isn't quite as convincing and lacks the torque for the job.
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Roominess

3 star out of 5

There's plenty of space inside the Sedici, it's just that not all of it is usable. It's a pity Fiat didn't push through any innovative design features such as removable rear seats in order to mark it out from the crowd.

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2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

Fiat Group Automobiles designs, produces and sells cars world-wide under the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Fiat Professional (light commercial vehicles) and Abarth brands. Maserati and Ferrari, which manufacture luxury sports cars embodying exclusivity, innovative technology, and high-level performance, are also part of the Fiat Group.

Debuts from the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show



2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari unveiled the successor to the F430, the 458 Italia. The mid-engine 458 features an aluminum chassis and an all-new body by Pininfarina. The heart of the 458, and the origin of the name, is the 4.5-liter V8 that puts out 570-horsepower. It is bolted to a new dual-clutch seven-speed automated manual transmission with steering wheel shift paddles. The steering wheel also houses many of the controls, which Ferrari says allows the driver to fully concentrate on driving and have maximum control. Performance is heart-stopping: 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph. The 458 Italia goes on sale next year as a late 2010 model.

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UK News: Vertu Motors & Fiat

SLOUGH, UNITED KINGDOM – September 25, 2009:

One of the largest motor retailers in Britain has been awarded the Fiat car franchise for the first time.

Vertu Motors, which operates 54 dealerships throughout the country, is preparing to open new Fiat outlets at former Brooklyn sites it acquired in Cheltenham and Worcester three months ago.

Operating under the Bristol Street Motors and Bristol Street Motor Nation brand names, Vertu Motors already represents the Fiat Group with the Iveco franchise in Swindon, Bristol and Gloucester, and Fiat Professional in Swindon.

“This is a very exciting development for the Group since we have long wanted to add the Fiat car franchise to our portfolio,” says Robert Forrester, CEO, Vertu Motors. “To begin our representation in two towns in the same region is a bonus. We would like this to be the start of a major long term relationship between us and Fiat.”

“We are delighted to welcome Vertu Motors into our growing dealer network,” says Tim Head, dealer development director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK. “They bring with them a wonderful reputation and I am sure this will be a long and successful partnership.”


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Fiat's New Plant

Fiat Putting the Final Touches on New Plant in Serbia to Build Unnamed New Car

09/25/09


While Fiat may have its hands full figuring out what to do with Chrysler here in the U.S., the company hasn't forgotten about its operations in the rest of the world. The company is finalizing plans to convert the old Zastava plant in Serbia (which once built Yugos) into a modern operation that will produce a new, unnamed Fiat car.

If all goes to plan, the former Zastava plant located in Kragujevac, outside of Belgrade, should be up and running and rolling out cars by 2011, though Fiat won't say what new car will be built there. The Serbian president and deputy prime minister will travel to Italy in early November to meet with Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne to inspect a prototype of the new car to be built in Serbia. The plant is expected to build upwards of 200,000 cars per year.

Serbia expects the plant to create at least 10,000 new jobs in the cash-strapped country, which has become an attractive manufacturing site for Italian companies. The country claims that more than 200 Italian companies have operations within its borders employing more than 18,000 Serbs. The country has been using big incentives like low taxes, plus provided land and infrastructure and a $7,500 cash incentive per new job to lure Italian companies across the Adriatic Sea. The country is also hoping to lure Fiat's suppliers over to Serbia as well to stock the new plant.

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Alfa 166 Replacement To Be U.S.-Built



IL Exclusive: Alfa 166 Replacement To Be U.S.-Built

Date posted: 09-23-2009


LONDON — Alfa Romeo will likely manufacture a rear-wheel-drive replacement for its defunct 166 executive sedan exclusively in North America, where most will be sold, Inside Line has learned.

The plant, probably Chrysler's 300C site in Brampton, Ontario, will also supply Europe with the car.

The new big Alfa, originally codenamed project 169, will share a brand-new, Chrysler-developed platform planned for the next-generation 300C and Dodge Charger sedans, although the Alfa version will feature bespoke suspension and powertrains.

Alfa believes a rear-drive platform to be essential for models in this class, and its integration with Chrysler suddenly provides it with a potentially suitable architecture.

Alfa is to collaborate closely with Dodge in future, this being the most sporting brand in the Chrysler portfolio.

Insiders report that the tieup with Chrysler has prompted Alfa to rewrite much of its product plan as a result of the new opportunities that this alliance presents. Apart from the possibility of producing Alfas in the U.S., once a fertile market for the brand, higher potential sales volumes, reduced component costs and enhanced distribution have all improved the prospects for the return of this famous brand to the U.S., which is slated for 2011.

Fiat will be announcing its product plans for the Chrysler Group in more detail in Detroit in mid-November.

The Chrysler rear-drive platform could also provide the basis of a new Alfa Spider and Brera — in shortened form, it is the base for the Challenger — although there is no confirmation of this, and the architecture may prove too large to suit European buyers. But Alfa is believed to be exploring the return of the Spider, and possibly its mainstream coupe siblings, to the rear-wheel-drive format last used by the Duetto Spider in the '90s, and the Alfetta GTV in the '80s. The company has already completed the design of the Spider, and will be looking for another rear-drive platform if Chrysler's does not suit.

Chrysler Group in turn will be taking three platforms from Fiat known as A (500, Panda), B (Grande Punto) and C, the last being new and the basis for the 147-replacing Milano which debuts early next year. The C platform will be stretched to provide architecture for the new Giulia, which replaces the 159. In theory, the Giulia and Milano could also be manufactured in the U.S. once Chrysler and Dodge are producing their own models on these platforms.


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Fiat Abarth 500 R3T Rally Car



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Alfa Romeo Giulia making its US debut in 2012!

Alfa Romeo Giulia making its US debut in 2012! Mito and Milano not coming!

10/6/2009



Fiat’s current lineup of cars, only the larger models are being considered to debut in the US . Included in the vehicles meant for the US market is the Alfa Romeo Giulia that now appears to be set for a 2012 launch. Despite the Fiat 500 getting a Chrysler distribution, the company doesn’t seem to be interested in naming it the flag bearer of Italian trendy style in that market.

Also of smaller size and hence, not going to the US , are the Alfa MiTo and yet-to-be-released Milano. For now, the plans are for these two cars to appear only in Europe . Since the MiTo debuted, it has been getting a steady stream of sales. It’s unknown what will become of the Milano and Giulia.

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