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Fiat plans to produce SUVs in Russia

Fiat plans to produce SUVs in Russia

08/10/2009

MOSCOW, October 8

Italian auto giant Fiat plans to launch production of off-roaders in Russia, the company's executive director said on Thursday.

Sergio Marchionne met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The Russian premier said that off-roaders "are of high demand in Russia considering the amount of roads that yet have to be built in the country."


LINK:Fiat plans to produce SUVs in Russia | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire
 

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Fiat India to unveil a high-powered Linea

Fiat India to unveil a high-powered Linea at 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi


October 17, 2009

Fiat India, which is pulling out all stops to enhance its market share in the midsize sedan segment, is looking to unveil a high-powered diesel version of Linea at the upcoming 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi , scheduled for January next year. This would be in addition to its existing 1.3 litre diesel and a 1.4 litre petrol versions which have sold around 10,000 units since its launch in January this year.

“The Linea has everything going for it – looks, finish and a good price, except the one thing that matters most in a good car – power. In a test drive on National Highway 8, I drove the petrol-powered Linea up a flyover with 3 people in the car. The accelerator was pressed flat to the floor (yes, flat down) and it was still groaning under our combined weight while other cars whizzed past cocking a snook at us. If Fiat doesn’t change the engine soon enough, Fiat will end up driven by old ladies who drive to kitty parties and back,” commented Anindya Banerjee of Publicis India.

Meanwhile, Fiat India, which has recently announced its plans to double its research and development headcount is looking to reach 80 per cent localisation of its hatchback Grande Punto by March next year. It has already been making Linea with 85 per cent local content. Despite scaling up the local content of its cars, Fiat India is considering an upward revision of prices for the Punto and Linea after the end of the current quarter in its bid to offset the sudden surge in the international metal prices and the impact of the euro, which has become costlier for its suppliers.

On its exports front, the company has set an export target of 3,000-3,200 Lineas to South Africa in the next 12 months and would start exporting Grande Punto to that country as well. Palio is already being exported. The company, which has already exported 250 units of Linea to South Africa, will in the first phase cater to the neighbouring markets of Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and then look at markets such as New Zealand and Australia.

The company will also be exporting around 10,000 engines over the next 12 months, citing that Indian auto components are 15-20 per cent cheaper than the ones in developed markets. In the last six months, Fiat India has managed to export 25,000 small engines to Europe as against a target of 10,000 units, as quoted by a senior representative of the company.

Leading business daily, ‘Business Standard’ claims that Fiat India is looking to facelift its Paleo model in the next three to four months by either strapping the BS IV engines or borrow ones which are on Grande Punto. There were rumours earlier that this premium compact car priced above Rs. 3 lakh, was to have been discontinued from the domestic market as its sales have been dwindling for the past few years.

Article Link:Fiat India to unveil a high-powered Linea at 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi*-*WheelsUnplugged Automobile Industry News
 

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Fiat accused of spying in China

Fiat accused of spying in China

Created: 2009-10-20


CHINA'S Great Wall Motors Co Ltd is suing Italian car maker Fiat for allegedly stealing its business secrets.

The case appears to be the second round in a battle that began when Fiat accused Great Wall of copying one of its cars in 2007.

In the latest barrage, Great Wall Motor, a Chinese sport utility vehicle maker based in Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province, said Fiat sent spies to its engineering center and took pictures of its first subcompact car, the Peri, while it was under development before its release in 2007.

Great Wall spokesman Shang Yugui said yesterday that the car maker filed the lawsuit with the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court, and the court is preparing to send the complaint to Fiat's headquarters in Italy.

Two years ago, an Italian court ruled that Great Wall's Peri resembles Fiat's Panda and banned the Peri from being sold in Europe. A similar claim filed by Fiat in the Shijiazhuang court was dismissed last year.

In the new complaint, Liu Hongkai, an attorney for Great Wall, said the evidence shows Fiat illegally visited Great Wall's engineering center in 2007 and collected information on the Peri.

"They could have gotten other important research and development secrets as well," Liu told Shanghai Daily in a telephone interview yesterday.

He did not disclose the evidence the company claims will show an improper intrusion by Fiat or exactly what business secrets might have been compromised.

In its suit, the Chinese car maker is demanding a public apology and 100,000 yuan (US$14,649) in compensation. Liu acknowledged the amount was relatively small but said it might be difficult to judge the value of any secrets stolen.

Fiat denied the accusation in a statement yesterday.

Chinese car makers have been involved a series of copyright infringement cases since the country began pushing its auto industry to develop more self-branded models after years of mainly assembling vehicles for overseas manufacturers. Among them, the Shuanghuan CEO sport utility vehicle made by China's Shuanghuan Automobile Co has been accused of being a copycat of BMW's X5 SUV. The intellectual property rights issue is also used by overseas car makers to prevent price-competitive Chinese cars from selling in their home markets.

LINK:Fiat accused of spying in China -- Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 -- English Window to China New
 

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Fiat's Multiair Valve-Lift System Explained

Fiat's Multiair Valve-Lift System Explained

Fiat's Valve-lift system boosts power and saves fuel.

Surging gas prices and impending regulations are causing automakers to hunt for ways to increase the efficiency of gasoline engines. One of the chief inefficiencies of these engines is the restriction that’s created by the throttle plate in the intake passage, which is used to regulate how much air feeds the cylinders. Referred to as “pumping losses,” this bottleneck caused by a partially open throttle forces an engine to squander about 10 percent of energy that could otherwise be used for propulsion.

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Cool little car, but I think I'd rather have the Alfa Romeo Mito whenever it gets here. I wast interested in another FWD coupe, but the 500 Abarth just seems so exciting. And these packages can only make it that much better! Awesome!
 

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Fiat 500 City Car of the Year

UK Car of the Year

The UK’s popular Fiat 500 supermini is still winning awards. The 2009 Green Fleet Awards recently presented Fiat with top prize in the City Car of the Year category setting apart the Fiat 500 Start/Stop for special praise.

The Green Fleet Award judges said “ The latest version of the iconic 500 now comes with Start&Stop which further reduces it Co2 emissions down to 110g/km which is band B, a true four seater, the 500 gives fantastic value to the consumer as well as being one of the greenest cars in its class. It also leads the way with the latest USB-compatible eco:Drive system which shows the driver how to improve fuel economy and cut emissions.”

The Fiat 500 is available with a choice of three frugal, ultra low emissions Euro5-ready engines, it can be ordered in three different trims the Pop, Sport and the Lounge and prices start at approximately £9500.


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Fiat to upgrade Linea

Fiat to upgrade Linea


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New Delhi, Nov. 2: Italian car maker Fiat is planning to launch an advanced version of the mid-sized sedan Linea next year after it received a good response for the car.

Sources say Fiat will showcase the upgraded model at the auto expo scheduled to be held in January next year. The car is likely to be powered by either a 1.6-litre or a 1.9-litre diesel engine.

Fiat has sold about 10,000 units of the Linea since its launch in January this year. At present, the car has a 1.3-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre petrol engine. Fiat has also been able to sell 5,000 units of the Grande Punto so far.

The company plans to start exporting the Linea and the Punto; it has shipped 250 units to South Africa.

In the first phase, the company will cater to neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and later consider venturing into markets such as New Zealand and Australia.

Sources say the Italian firm is also exploring options to manufacture light commercial vehicles in India with capacity to carry loads between 0.8 tonnes and 1.8 tonnes.

Silverio Bonfiglioli, chief operating officer of Fiat Group Automobiles International, said, “We have sufficient capacity to build light commercial vehicles in India. Our passenger car segment is growing at a good rate and, as the market develops for Fiat vehicles, we might think of manufacturing light commercial vehicles in India.”

Bonfiglioli said the new light commercial vehicle would meet the requirements of the domestic as well as international markets.

“The capacity of light commercial vehicles would be in the range of 0.8-1.8 tonnes. But all this will take a lot of time to start,” he said.

The Fiat group is also in the process of developing a small car for India. The car, priced between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 4 lakh, will be rolled out of the company’s manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon near Pune.

LINK:The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Business | Fiat to upgrade Linea
 

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Fiat Oct market share in Western Euroe 8.8 pct

Fiat Oct market share in Western Euroe 8.8 pct - Global Insight

Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:57am EST

TURIN, Nov 11 - Fiat SpA's October market share in Western Europe is estimated at 8.8 percent, Global Insight director Pierluigi Bellini told Reuters on Wednesday. The Western Europe market share of the Italian group was 8.6 percent in October of 2008, he said.

In the ten months to October, Fiat's market share is estimated at 8.9 percent, against 8.3 percent in the same period of 2008.

The European think tank expects that the European car market will continue its recovery with new car sales seen up in the last month by 15.7 percent over October 2008. The pick up in sales is largerly due to state incentives to buyers.

LINK:Fiat Oct market share in Western Euroe 8.8 pct - Global Insight | Industries | Consumer Goods & Retail | Reuters
 

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Fiat plans to boost Italy output 40 pct

Fiat plans to boost Italy output 40 pct - report

Sat Nov 14, 2009

Automaker Fiat plans to boost Italian output about 40 percent to 900,000 units a year under a restructuring scheme, la Repubblica newspaper reported on Saturday.

Fiat, which owns 20 percent of U.S. car maker Chrysler, will present the plan to unions in a couple of weeks, the daily said. The scheme is aimed at boosting productivity at its six Italian plants, which lag Fiat factories in Brazil and Poland.

Fiat, Italy's biggest manufacturer, would raise its yearly domestic production from 600,000-650,000 units under the programme, la Repubblica said. It cited speculation in Turin, Fiat's hometown, for the story.

Fiat is scheduled to present its Italian plans to the government next month.

A company spokesman said: "Fiat is not prepared to comment on a plan that has not yet been presented."

Among the reported plan's main points, Fiat would shutter its plant at Termini Imerese in Sicily under the scheme, the daily said. Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne has already announced closure of the factory in 2011 and transfer of production of its Y model to Poland.

The plan includes switching output of about 270,000 new Panda models a year from Poland to Pomigliano, near Naples. Pomigliano also would wind down output of current Alfa Romeo models, la Repubblica said.

The only certainty about Fiat's main Mirafiori plant at Turin is continued output of the Alfa MiTo model, it said.

LINK:Fiat plans to boost Italy output 40 pct - report | Markets | Markets News | Reuters
 

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Fiat set to drive in small car in 2011

Fiat set to drive in small car in 2011
18 November 2009

KOLKATA: The prototypes of the first ever made-for-India car from Italian auto giant Fiat SpA will arrive in India in a year's time for extensive road trials. The results and feedback from the trials will lead to the final round of tweaking before Fiat India Automobiles Ltd begins manufacturing the small car at its Ranjangaon facility.

Fiat India president and CEO Rajeev Kapoor said the small car to be positioned between the A and B segments was already off the drawing board. "The small car - conceived for the Indian market - has been designed at Fiat's legendary design studio in Turin. There are several steps between the drawing board to actual production-grade vehicles. The car will definitely be launched in 2011," he said.

Sources said a clay model had already been prepared and prototypes were on the way. The engine, with a 700-1,000 cc capacity, has also been designed and is currently being tested in India to make suitable changes to adapt to the country's driving conditions. "We are adapting the engine to Indian specifications to ensure that it delivers optimum power and mileage," said Roberto Dalmasso, manager at the engineering centre of Fiat Powertrain Technologies, a Fiat group company that develops powertrains for cars, trucks, boats and gensets.

LINK:Fiat set to drive in small car in 2011 - India Business - Biz - The Times of India
 

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Fiat Doblo May Arrive in U.S. as Ram Commercial Van

Fiat Doblo May Arrive in U.S. as Ram Commercial Van


NOVEMBER 17, 2009



Ford's Transit Connect may have carved a niche in the U.S. market, but it won't be alone for long. Fiat's looking to bring its new Fiat Doblo to the U.S. as a Ram van.

As part of its new product plan, Chrysler is divorcing the pickup and commercial models from the Dodge brand, selling them simply as "Ram" models. Chrysler wants the Ram brand to be home to more than just pickups, and during the 5-year business plan meeting, it revealed it was looking at importing a Fiat-sourced compact van in 2012.

Fiat's new Doblo, launched yesterday, seems like the perfect fit for such a position, and Automotive News confirms that a Doblo in North America is virtually a safe bet. Although the van is offered with a range of gasoline and diesel engines in Europe, powertrains for a North American model have not yet been disclosed. If Fiat takes the same route as Ford did with the Transit Connect, diesels won't be part of the product range, and manual transmissions will be eschewed in favor of automatics.

Like the Transit Connect, the Doblo will likely be built in Turkey and imported to the U.S.


LINK: Fiat Doblo May Arrive in U.S. as Ram Commercial Van ? Automotive News & Car Rumors at Automobile Magazine
 

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Fiat And Alfa Romeo Service Plans

Fiat And Alfa Romeo Service Plans

(Fri 27 Nov 09)

Fiat Group UK has launched a range of service plans for all Fiat cars and vans and for Alfa Romeos. The basic idea is that normal servicing costs are paid on a monthly basis, so customers don't have to cough up for a scheduled service all at once.



The costs depend on what vehicle is involved, how many services are likely to be required and the customer's planned mileage. Exact figures are therefore difficult to quote, but as examples a three-year/27,000-mile plan for a Fiat 500 1.2 petrol might cost £13 per month, while a three-year/31,500-mile plan for an Alfa Romeo MiTo diesel could come in at £15 per month.

There are special plans for low-mileage users and for cars more than three years old, and customers can also opt in for local delivery/collection or a courtesy car. More details from Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealers.


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UK: Fiat Punto Evo Prices

FIAT Announces Prices of Punto EVO

Wed, 2 Dec 2009

Pricing for the forthcoming Fiat Punto Evo has just been announced by Fiat Group Automobiles UK.



The Punto EVO is a restyle of the Grande Punto after research showed that women preferred the cute front of the 500 to the Maserati inspired front of the Grande Punto. More importantly the new model features FIAT's technically innovative and highly efficient new MultiAir engines.


With a starting price of £10,995 OTR the new car, which goes on sale in the UK in January, represents outstanding value for money. At the top end of the Punto Evo range, the highly specified Sporting 1.4 MultiAir version costs £15,295 – an OTR price that includes sports seats, cruise control, side skirts, air conditioning, sports suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels as standard.


Available with a choice of five low emissions, Euro 5 engines, all fitted with Start&Stop as standard, the new Punto Evo comes in five different trim levels – Active, Dynamic, GP, Eleganza and Sporting.


Among the advanced engine line-up are two power units featuring Fiat’s new MultiAir technology. The full list includes: 1.4 8-valve petrol, 1.4 16-valve MultiAir petrol (105bhp and 135bhp) and 1.3 16-valve MultiJet diesel (75bhp and 95bhp).


Standard equipment in the entry-level Active model includes ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD, driver, passenger and knee airbags, radio/CD/MP3 player, power steering, electric mirrors and Blue&Me infotainment.


Dynamic trim level adds such equipment as side and window airbags, leather steering wheel and air conditioning, while Eleganza models get alloy wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors as standard. The GP specification includes rear spoiler, dark tinted headlights and foglights.

“There has been much speculation about the price of the new Punto Evo since we first announced the car earlier this year, and we’re delighted now to be able to reveal details,” says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK.


“Punto Evo is in an important and highly competitive sector of the market but we are confident that we have a beautifully-equipped car at value-for-money prices that will keep it competitive and desirable.”


The Punto Evo goes on sale through Fiat’s 170-strong UK dealer network in January 2010.


On-the-road pricing for the range is as follows:



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Active 1.4 8v with Start&Stop 3 door


£10,995.00

Active 1.4 8v with Start&Stop 5 door


£11,595.00

Active 1.3 16v MultiJet (75 hp) with Start&Stop 3 door


£12,995.00

Active 1.3 16v MultiJet (75 hp) with Start&Stop 5 door


£13,595.00

Dynamic 1.4 8v with Start&Stop 3 door


£11,795.00

Dynamic 1.4 8v with Start&Stop 5 door


£12,395.00

Dynamic 1.4 8v Dualogic with Start&Stop 3 door


£12,195.00

Dynamic 1.4 8v Dualogic with Start&Stop 5 door


£12,795.00

Dynamic 1.4 16v MultiAir (105 hp) with Start&Stop 3 door


£13,095.00

Dynamic 1.4 16v MultiAir (105 hp) with Start&Stop 5 door


£13,695.00

Dynamic 1.3 MultiJet (75 hp) with Start&Stop 3 door


£13,795.00

Dynamic 1.3 MultiJet (75 hp) with Start&Stop 5 door


£14,395.00

GP 1.4 8v with Start&Stop 3 door


£12,195.00

GP 1.4 8v with Start&Stop 5 door


£12,795.00

GP 1.4 16v MultiAir (105 hp) with Start&Stop 3 door


£13,495.00

GP 1.4 16v MultiAir (105 hp) with Start&Stop 5 door


£14,095.00

GP 1.3 MultiJet (75 hp) with Start&Stop 3 door


£14,195.00

GP 1.3 MultiJet (75 hp) with Start&Stop 5 door


£14,795.00

Eleganza 1.4 16v MultiAir (105 hp) with Start&Stop 5 door


£14,095.00

Eleganza 1.3 MultiJet (95 hp) with Start&Stop 5 door


£15,195.00

Eleganza 1.3 MultiJet (95 hp) Dualogic with Start&Stop 5 door


£15,595.00

Sporting 1.4 MultiAir (135 hp) with Start&Stop 3 door


£15,295.00





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Fiat recalls 500,000 cars

Italian auto maker Fiat recalls 500,000 cars

4 Dec 2009


MILAN: Italian auto maker Fiat said on Friday it had recalled about 500,000 of its Grande Punto and Grande Punto Abarth models in Europe because
of a "possible anomaly" in the steering column.

The company said that half the vehicles recalled were in Italy and the rest elsewhere in Europe.

It added that owners were being contacted by letter, asking them to take their cars to Fiat service centers for an evaluation.

The recall was launched on information provided by Fiat dealers.

LINK:Italian auto maker Fiat recalls 500,000 cars- International Business-News-The Economic Times
 

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Alfa Romeo announces new Giulietta

Alfa Romeo announces new Giulietta five-door; hatchback Alfa will come to America with Alfa MiTo

December 3, 2009



If nothing derails Alfa Romeo's reentry into the U.S. market, it will bring two small cars, the highly regarded MiTo three-door hatchback and a five-door hatch that will be introduced at the Geneva Auto Show next March. According to a Fiat Group* announcement yesterday , the five-door, based on the MiTo platform, has been named Giulietta.

Giulietta, which means "little Julia" in Italian and pronounced Julie-etta, is a storied name in Alfa Romeo history, the first popularly-priced sedan in Alfa history. Debuting in 1954, it spawned other versions, including a favorite of popularly-priced Italian sports car enthusiasts, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, and a delightful coupe as well.

Not surprisingly, the new Giulietta shares the current Alfa Romeo styling themes, with what Alfa calls a "trilobe shape" for the front end, with what we think is a successful updating of the classic Alfa "shield" grille that clearly identifies the car as an Alfa.

The front-drive Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which measures 171.3 inches long on a 103.5 inch wheelbase (width is 70.9 inches and height is 57.5 inches), will be available with four engines when it goes on sale in Europe next spring, including two 1.4-liter gas engines, at 120 and 170 horsepower, the latter with the Fiat/Alfa MultiAir variable valve timing system. Two diesels are also planned, a 1.6-liter at 105 hp, and a 2.0-liter at 170 hp.

Most in keeping with the fancies of American Alfisti is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1750 TBi, with a 1.8-liter turbocharged direct injection four producing 235 horsepower. A Quadrifoglio Verde version, a reference to Alfa's green four-leaf clover racing insignia, will be available later according to the announcement.

All Alfa-Romeo Giulietta models will be equipped with stability control, DST (Dynamic Steering Torque--electric power steering integrated into the stability control system), Q2 electronic differential (splits torque between the two front wheels according to driving conditions and road surfaces) and Alfa Romeo DNA selector.

In this case, DNA stands for Dynamic, Normal and All Weather and lets the driver change between those three modes to, as Alfa puts it, "enhance driving pleasure and comfort." The system modifies operating parameters of the engine, steering, the Q2 electronic differential and fine-tuning, per Alfa, the stability control system.

If all goes according to plan, the first Alfa Romeos--other than the 8C Competizione supercar--will begin arriving in the U.S. in 2011.

* Alfa Romeo is a part of the Fiat Group.

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Fiat Qubo now on sale

Fiat Qubo Boxy Qubo now on sale



The Fiat Qubo is better to drive than you might think - it looks slow on paper but in fact it is quite gutsy and refined. The engine in the Fiat Qubo is the Fiat 1.3 litre muiltijet diesel and it is used across the small fiat car range. It has a top speed of 97 mph and it will reach 60mph in 16.5 seconds.

The boxy looks of the Fiat Qubo come from the van that it was based on, it is very practical. The upright shape and low floor allow it to contain a lot of space; because of the raised seats the ample headroom makes this car comfortable and airy. The sliding doors also make it easy to get in and out. The boot is a good shape but be wary of the huge tailgate this could be a problem when parking in tight spots.

Priced from £10,750 the Fiat Qubo is cheap to buy and very practical, economy is impressive too at 62.8mpg.


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New induction kit for Fiat 500

New Pipercross induction kit for Fiat 500 and Panda

7th December 2009

Pipercross Panda 100HP Kit

Filtration specialist Pipercross has released a superb induction kit for the new Fiat 500 and Panda 100HP. The smart looking kit not only adds a power and torque increase throughout the rev range, but also gives a throaty induction ‘roar’ under hard acceleration.

This latest kit for the 1.4 16 valve motor comes complete with a precision moulded silicone hose and high flow conical filter, plus all accessories needed for a quick and easy fitment. The filter itself is easily removable for cleaning and maintenance, while the ingenious ‘push-together’ design makes for a quick and easy installation. Fully illustrated fitting instructions are included, making this a realistic home fitment for any moderately talented mechanic.

By placing the filter right behind the front grille, a ready supply of cold air is available to keep inlet temperatures low, resulting in more torque, more power and ultimately, more throttle response through each gear.

The filter inside uses a unique multi-laminated open cell polyurethane foam construction, meaning the Pipercross kit can actually filter down to a much finer rate than the OEM part, preventing any foreign particles from entering the induction tract and protecting the engine. This same construction means that the filter can also go longer between service intervals than even leading cotton-gauze filters, before needing to be cleaned.

Prices start at just £110.63 plus VAT.

For more details on the Pipercross range, please visit Pipercross Air Filters - Official Website
 

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Fiat Sales are up

Fiat defies downturn to post sales increase

December 16th, 2009


Rome..... Italian car giant Fiat defied the economic downturn and recorded a dramatic increase in car sales across Europe in November.
According to the latest sales figures released Tuesday, the Fiat Group recorded a 30.7 percent increase in November sales with Fiat vehicle sales up 33.3 percent and sales of Lancia vehicles up 37.9 percent.

Sales of Fiat’s Alfa Romeo cars rose by 4.5 percent, the company said.

The sales increase was a significant turnaround in the slowdown that has struck the auto industry in the past few months.

More than 1.1 million vehicles were registered across Europe in November - 30.6 percent more than in November 2008.

Fiat posted an increase in sales in all the major European markets posting a massive 136 percent increase in sales in Britain taking its market share to 4.5 percent.

Car sales rose 25.6 percent in Germany, 32.9 percent in France and an 18.7 percent in Spain.


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Fiat aims to produce one million cars

Fiat aims to produce one million cars

December 24, 2009

Fiat plans to increase its car production in Italy to up to one million vehicles over the next three years but will shut a factory in Sicily, the company's chief says.

The Turin-based auto empire will restructure its industrial network to increase production from this year's 650,000 to a range between 800,000 and one million, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said at a meeting on Tuesday with government and union officials.

Marchionne is trying to return the Italian automaker to profitability in the face of plummeting consumer demand for new cars and is steering the reorganisation of Chrysler LCC, which Fiat took over in June after it emerged from bankruptcy protection.

The government has been urging Fiat to increase production in Italy. On Tuesday, Marchionne said Fiat would spend eight billion euros ($A13 billion) in investments and R&D over the next two years, with two-thirds of this in Italy.

He said that under the restructuring plan, a Fiat factory in Turin would produce two Chrysler models by 2012.

But he also insisted the company would go ahead with plans to shut down auto production at Termini Imerese, in Sicily, because costs at the plant are too high due to lack of infrastructure in the area.

He said cars coming out of the factory cost up to 1,000 euro ($A1,628) more than those from other plants.

Car production there will shut down next year and Fiat is open to proposals from authorities on how to reconvert the plant, he said.

"For years we have taken upon ourselves to operate the Termini Imerese plant at a loss," Marchionne said in a presentation prepared for the meeting.

"Today we can no longer afford it."

The government and Fiat have been at odds over the closure.

Economic Development Minister Claudio Scajola, who has criticised Marchionne for the plan, said in statement after Tuesday's meeting that he "appreciated" the pledge to increase production, but insisted that the Termini Imerese plant "must be preserved."

Workers demonstrated in front of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's office, where the talks took place, and union leaders announced more protests.

During the meeting, Marchionne also reiterated his request for the government to continue Italy's cash-for-clunkers incentives beyond the end of the year.

He said demand in Italy, which is forecast to remain roughly stable, would plummet if there is no extension on incentives to encourage drivers of older, more polluting cars to scrap them in favour of newer models.

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astava car factory becomes part of Fiat Group

Serbia's Zastava car factory becomes part of Fiat Group

24/12/2009

The year is ending on a high note for one Serbian factory.

Fiat and the Serbian government signed an annex Wednesday (December 23rd) to their 2008 joint venture agreement that will allow the Italian carmaker to take over the Balkan nation's Zastava automobile factory. The document was signed in Belgrade by Fiat Group Vice-President Alfredo Altavilla, Fiat Automobili Srbija CEO Giovanni De Filippis and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Mladjan Dinkic.

"This is a great day for Serbian industry," Dinkic said. Under Wednesday's agreement, Fiat will acquire a 67% majority stake in the car factory once it has paid half of its 200m-euro share in the founding capital of the joint venture company, as envisioned in the September 2008 deal.

Altavilla said that the money will be transferred by the end of this year. The second 100m-euro installment will be paid in 2010, when Fiat will also invest 700m euros to modernise the car plant located in Kragujevac, Serbia's fourth largest city, about 140km south of Belgrade.

The Serbian government will retain 33% of Zastava, will be providing property and equipment for the joint venture company and will contribute 50m euros to its founding capital.

The annual output of the factory is expected to reach 200,000 cars by 2011. Under Wednesday's deal, that same year, the factory, which already manufactures the Fiat Punto, will start producing two new models to be sold on the US and European markets.

Dinkic said he expects exports to earn around 2 billion euros annually. According to him, the new company will employ about 2,500 workers.

Zastava, which is best known for its Yugo model, produced 16,000 Fiat Puntos for the domestic market this year.

Speaking at a news conference after Wednesday's signing, Altavilla praised Serbian President Boris Tadic for his personal role in clinching the deal.

"Tadic gave us his support and I am truly grateful to him," he said, thanking also the entire Serbian government, and especially Dinkic, for their co-operation and engagement.

In September of last year, Serbian officials hailed the agreement with Italy's largest carmaker as the biggest foreign investment in years.

But implementing the project slowed due to global financial turmoil.

"This means that the economic crisis is at the end for Serbia," Dinkic said before signing the annex Wednesday.

LINK:Serbia's Zastava car factory becomes part of Fiat Group (SETimes.com)
 
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