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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fiat 500: 140 Awards and Counting

Fiat 500 Car of The Year

The award winning Fiat 500. Fiat fans and owners have heard this phrase for years, but what exactly does that mean? Clearly, the Fiat 500 has won an award, but what exactly has it won? Was it just one award or two? Maybe a handful? A lot of cars do that, so that is not that big a deal. However, in the case of the Fiat 500, the car has earned its description 'award winning' and then some. To date, the Fiat 500 has won more than 140 international awards making it one of the most awarded cars on the road today.

For fun, we have put together a partial list of the more significant awards the Fiat 500 has earned since its introduction. You will see the phrase 'Car of the Year' many times, as well as 'Best...'.

There truly is something special about the Fiat 500 that experts from around the world recognize. That will not surprise Fiat owners, but for those who are not familiar with the 500, stop by a Fiat dealer and see for yourself why it is called the 'award winning Fiat 500.'


2016 AWARDS
  • NUMBER ONE IN TOTAL QUALITY - STRATEGIC VISION
  • MOST DEPENDABLE CAR IN ITS SEGMENT - JD POWER
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF TOP 10 FASTEST CARS UNDER $25,000 - CHEATSHEET.COM
  • FIAT 500e  - TOP 10 ELECTRIC CARS  - CLEAN FLEET REPORT
  • CITY CAR OF THE YEAR - 2016 BUSINESS CAR AWARD - UK

2015 AWARDS
  • NUMBER ONE IN TOTAL QUALITY - STRATEGIC VISION
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF THE TOP 10  MOST FUN NEW CARS FOR LESS THAN $27,500 - ROAD AND TRACK
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF THE QUICKEST CARS FOR UNDER $25K - ROAD TEST REVIEWS
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF THE TOP 10 MOST TUNABLE 2016 HATCHBACKS
  • BEST IN CLASS IN JD POWER APEAL AWARDS - JD POWER
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • FIAT 500 TWINAIR - NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS CITYCAR WINNER- NEXT GREEN CAR - UK

2014 AWARDS
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • FIAT 500e - 10 BEST ENGINES AWARD - WARD'S AUTO
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST

2013 AWARDS
  • BEST IN CLASS IN JD POWER APEAL AWARDS - JD POWER
  • BEST SMALL CONVERTIBLE - SOUTHERN AUTOMOTIVE MEDIA ASSOC(SAMA)
  • READERS CHOICE AWARD BEST CAR UNDER $17,000 - ABOUT.COM
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - MOTORWEEK DRIVERS CHOICE AWARD - MOTORWEEK
  • FIAT 500 TURBO - SUBCOMPACT CAR OF TEXAS - TEXAS AUTOWRITERS
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • POLK LOYALTY AWARD IN SEGMENT - IHS AUTOMOTIVE
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, receives the Car of the Year Award from Ray Hutton, president of the jury.

2012 AWARDS
  • NUMBER ONE IN TOTAL QUALITY - STRATEGIC VISION
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • FIAT 500C -  BEST SMALL CONVERTIBLE - SOUTHERN AUTOMOTIVE MEDIA ASSOC (SAMA)
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - THE MOST EXCITING CAR IN AMERICA UNDER $25K - TORQUENEWS.COM
  • 2012 TEN MOST FUN TO DRIVE CAR AWARD - TFLcar.com
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • 2012 DESIGN AWARD/BEST DESIGNED CAR - TRAVEL AND LEISURE MAGAZINE 
  • SUB COMPACT CAR OF TEXAS - TEXAS AUTO WRITERS ASSOCIATION (TAWA) 
  • E-NENPI (FUEL CONSUMPTION) AWARD IMPORT CAR - Japan
  • FIAT 500 TwinAir - CARVIEW YEAR CAR (IMPORT CAR) - Japan
  • THE KING OF THE SMALL CAR - QUATTRORUOTE - China
  • THE MOST FASHIONABLE CAR - bitauto.com - China
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Wins Best in Show

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio was unveiled to the world just last week and has already racked up an award. The Stelvio has won the “Best in Show” at 2016 L.A. Auto Show. The award was given by Cars.com, the well-known website that helps shoppers buy and sell cars. It was the first time Cars.com has given the award.

Aaron Bragman, Cars.com Detroit Bureau Chief, is quoted saying:

“With its sexy curves and promising performance chops, the Stelvio easily took home Cars.com's Best in Show award. Alfa Romeo's new 2018 Stelvio SUV stunned at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show.”
Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglio Rear Quarter


Named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world, the Stelvio Pass in Italy, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a mid-sized SUV that offers sports car like performance and driving pleasure. The sexy Stelvio is built off of the super capable Alfa Giulia chassis and features the advanced Q4 all-wheel-drive system and two class leading engines.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV Engine


 The first is a 2 liter direct injected turbocharged unit with 280 horsepower and 306 lbs.-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is estimated at 5.4 seconds. The second engine offered is the Ferrari-derived Twin-Turbo V6 out of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the world's fastest 4-door sedan. In the Stelvio, this direct-injected powerhouse produces 505 hp and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The results are an astounding zero to sixty time estimated in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is said to be the fastest SUV ever to lap the Nurburgring, with a top lap time of 7 minutes 59.00 seconds, smoking competitors like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (7:59.79), Cayenne Turbo (8:13.00) and Range Rover Sport SVR (8:14.00).


Besides the outstanding performance, driving pleasure and enjoyment are priorities of the new Stelvio, and the car is loaded with premium features and amenities. You can read about the details in the following links below.

Sales of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio in Europe are slated to begin next year.





Source and images: FCA US LLC

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Overview

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio debuted at the 2016 LA Auto Show today. The Stelvio is named after the Stelvio Pass in Italy, one of the most beautiful and challenging roads in the world. It is fitting, because although it is an SUV, it handles and performs like a high-performance sports coupe, and in the case of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, a supercar. This is no ordinary mid-size SUV. The Stelvio is was developed by a team of elite engineers hand picked from all over FCA and overseen by senior heads from Ferrari and built upon the chassis of the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Performance and driving characteristics set the benchmark in its segment. Carbon fiber, magnesium, and aluminum are extensively used to reduce weight and contributes to its class leading power to weight ratio and performance.

Stelvio Quadrifoglio Performance


 The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the fastest SUV ever, with a top Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes 59.00 seconds, beating the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (7:59.79), Cayenne Turbo (8:13.00) and Range Rover Sport SVR (8:14.00).

Alfa Stelvio Lap Times


The Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be available starting next year. Below is the full press release for you to enjoy.



Alfa Romeo Stelvio  Grille


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 

OVERVIEW

Born from the World’s Greatest Driving Road – Stelvio Pass – the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sets a New Benchmark in Performance, Style and Technology in an SUV that could only be Italian

The SUV for the S-Curves
Built in Italy, the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio delivers a class-leading 505 horsepower and 0-60 in just 3.9-seconds


  • Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo – the heart and soul of the automotive industry – introduces the all-new Stelvio premium mid-size SUV
  • The all-new Stelvio is the second of a new lineup of vehicles built off a world-class architecture that embodies the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 144 mph
  • Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with best-in-class 505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph
  • State-of-the-art technologies, including Alfa DNA Pro selector, torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters with 100 millisecond shifts maximize the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s driving pedigree
  • The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control
  • Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart
  • Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus
  • Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy


As the second of a new-generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

Stelvio Pass, Italy


“The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named

Stelvio Quadrifoglio Rear Quarter


Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology
Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.

Stelvio Quadrifoglio Profile


Stelvio and Stelvio Ti
The true manifestation of Italian performance, craftsmanship and design, the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models provide a wide-ranging list of standard features, including an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels (available 19- and 20-inch wheels), leather seating, backup camera with rear park sensors, power liftgate, Formula One-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated push button start, and much more.

Alfa Stelvio Rendering Front


In addition to the expansive list of standard features in the all-new Stelvio, Stelvio Ti adds even more luxury and convenience offerings, including standard 19-inch wheels, genuine wood interior accents and an 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment display. Available Sport and Lusso packages provide drivers with two unique offerings that further accentuate the bold characteristics of Stelvio Ti.

Alfa Stelvio QV Side Profile


Stelvio Quadrifoglio
With the most powerful Alfa Romeo production engine ever, Stelvio Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport pedigree as the “halo” model in the lineup.

The heart and soul of this ultra-high performance SUV is an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-liter 24-valve bi-turbo intercooled V-6 engine, delivering a best-in-class 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, and a standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system.

Alfa Stelvio Instrument Cluster


The Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes exclusive high-performance and functional exterior design elements, plus unique performance suspension, brakes and wheels. Inside, high performance leather and Alcantara front seats, featuring 12-way power and adjustable thigh support, provide the optimal control center. Additional features include a Quadrifoglio-exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching and performance contours; leather-wrapped instrument panel with accent stitching; and carbon fiber interior trim.

Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension, Quadrifoglio instrument cluster with 200 miles per hour (mph) speedometer and cylinder deactivation system.

Alfa Stelvio Interior


Ultra-high performance options for Stelvio Quadrifoglio include:

  • Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell Sparco racing seats, providing maximum lateral support during extreme cornering thanks to more aggressive bolstering, and designed to be the lightest in the segment, while providing comfort for long road trips
  • Ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system


Driver-centric capability and performance The Stelvio’s intuitive interior is fully committed to the driver’s every need, offering easy access to vital and next-level technologies. A Formula One-inspired steering wheel features a thick-rim profile that transmits the chassis’ direct-steering feel and neatly groups the vehicle controls and the engine start button. Behind the steering wheel, the Stelvio features available all-aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters and a standard full-color 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) cluster display straddled by two large white-on-black face analog gauges.


Alfa Stelvio DNA Selector


Conveniently located in the center console are two simple rotary dials. The first controls Alfa’s DNA Drive Mode system with three unique driver selectable modes (Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency) which can be used to fine tune the driving experience by adjusting throttle response, boost pressure, and suspension settings in Stelvio and Stelvio Ti. Stelvio Quadrifoglio adds a fourth mode – Race – with its exclusive DNA Pro Drive Mode system.

Alfa Stelvio Dashboard


The secondary rotary dial controls the high-resolution 6.5-inch, or 8.8-inch wide-screen infotainment system with real-time vehicle performance pages and telemetry, plus 3-D graphic navigation that recognizes handwritten gestures on the top of the rotary pad (late availability), allowing the driver to easily interact with the 3-D Navigation system.

With easy access to vital technologies in mind, all Stelvio models will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

State-of-the-art engines are the beating hearts of each and every Alfa Romeo Every Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by best-in-class all-aluminum engines that embody the brand’s passion for next-level technology and state-of-the-art performance.

Alfa Stelvio Rendering Rear


Best-in-class 280 horsepower with all-aluminum Alfa Romeo turbocharged four-cylinder engine Featured in the all-new 2018 Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models, an all-aluminum 2.0-liter direct-injection, 16-valve, turbocharged and intercooled engine, designed specifically for Alfa Romeo, delivers a best-in-class 280 horsepower, along with world-class levels of performance, efficiency and refinement.

To deliver its best-in-class 280 horsepower output and flat torque curve with 306 lb.-ft. of torque available between 2,250 – 4,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features exceptional turbo responsiveness thanks to a “2-in-1” turbocharger design, with the charging system driven through two pipes, which gathers exhaust gas from pairs of cylinders in an alternating sequence.

Performance and fuel economy of these engines are fostered by the MultiAir electro-hydraulic variable-valve actuation technology, a direct-injection system with 2,900 PSI injection pressure, a water-cooled cylinder head integrated manifold and a water-cooled charge air cooler.


Alfa Stelvio QV Engine


Best-in-class 505 horsepower all-aluminum 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine
Arriving to the premium mid-size SUV segment is the most powerful Alfa Romeo production engine ever, with an all-aluminum 2.9-liter direct-injection bi-turbo V-6 serving as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s “heart and soul.”

Alfa Twin Turbo V6


Designed to optimize the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminum 2.9-liter V-6 bi-turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low center of gravity within the chassis.

To deliver a best-in-class 505 horsepower and a flat torque curve with 443 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 2,500 – 5,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features a bi-turbo design. In addition, the engine’s turbochargers are integrated into the exhaust manifold and feature a low-inertia, single-scroll turbo design with variable-boost management for ultra-responsive throttle response. A direct-injection system maximizes fuel combustion for improved engine output and efficiency.

For improved fuel efficiency, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a Cylinder Efficient Management (CEM) deactivation system, which enables the engine to run on three of its six cylinders.


Alfa Romeo All Wheel Drive System


Crafting control: Q4 all-wheel drive (AWD)
The intelligent Q4 all-wheel-drive system – standard on all Stelvio models, including Quadrifoglio – delivers even more all-season traction and performance capability, thanks to the system’s ability to transfer up to 60 percent of the engine’s torque to the front axle.

The innovative Q4 AWD system is linked to the Stelvio’s Chassis Domain Controller (CDC) and driver-adjustable Alfa DNA or DNA Pro (Quadrifoglio exclusive) drive mode system – enabling the driveline’s next-generation integrated actuator to adapt to changing ground conditions or driver need in milliseconds, and instantly optimize the required torque to each wheel.

Alfa Stelvio at the Stelvio Pass


Italian ingenuity with broad use of lightweight materials Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s architecture extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials that enable and deliver near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering available.
Alfa Romeo engineers designed a lightweight rear-wheel-drive platform with a low center of gravity – all to deliver the high-performance and precision expected from an Alfa Romeo.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s aluminum front and rear vehicle frames, front shock towers, brakes, suspension components, doors and fenders also help shed weight compared to conventional steel. For example, the rear cross member features an extensive use of lightweight materials, including aluminum and composite.

An Alfa Romeo exclusive double wishbone front suspension with semi-virtual steering axis guarantees rapid and accurate steering feel. With the most direct steering ratio in the segment, Alfa Romeo Stelvio can tackle high lateral accelerations as a result of the always-perfect footprint. At the rear, a patented Alfa-link rear axle design with vertical rod ensures top performance, driving pleasure and passenger ride comfort.

State-of-the-art technologies add to a premium SUV that only Italy could create Competing at a world-class level requires the highest attention to detail, including the use of next-level technologies that continually please and impress the center of Stelvio’s universe: the driver.



Q2 Mechanical Limited-Slip Differential
This new feature – included within the Performance Package – is a rear mechanical limited-slip differential that optimizes rear-wheel traction. The Q2 differential balances the machine torque, which works on the SUV’s rear axle. This system provides the proper level of torque to one of the two rear wheels based on traction conditions.


Chassis Domain Control (CDC)
The “brain” of Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s benchmark-level dynamics can be attributed to its innovative Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system. The CDC system coordinates all of the vehicle’s available active systems (stability control, torque vectoring differential and Alfa Active suspension system), using predictive-type dynamic models to deliver balanced, safe and natural driving, thus optimizing performance and drivability.

Integrated braking system (IBS)
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio features a segment-first integrated braking system, replacing a traditional system of electronic stability control (ESC) and brake booster for even more instantaneous braking responsiveness. The innovative electromechanical system improves braking performance through a faster increase in pressure and makes it possible to vary brake feel jointly with the Alfa DNA Pro system. As a result, this lightweight technological solution delivers new levels of brake response and stopping distance.

Alfa Stelvio DNA Pro Drive Mode Selector


Alfa DNA and Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selectors
Innovative Alfa DNA drive mode system and Alfa DNA Pro (Quadrifoglio exclusive) drive mode selectors modify the dynamic behavior of the vehicle, according to the driver’s selection:

  • Dynamic: delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations
  • Natural: comfort setting for balanced daily driving
  • Advanced Efficiency: eco-friendly mode to achieve the lowest fuel consumption
  • Race: exclusive to Alfa DNA Pro, this mode activates the over-boost function, opens up the two-mode exhaust system, turns ESC off and delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations


Thanks to the interaction with the Chassis Domain Control, Alfa DNA Pro instantaneously adapts car behavior to the selected driving mode


Alfa Stelvio in the Rain


Torque vectoring
Torque vectoring makes it possible for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to achieve higher performance during lateral acceleration. The rear differential optimizes torque delivery to each wheel separately for improved power delivery, traction and control on all types of road surfaces, without cutting power like traditional systems.

Alfa Active suspension system
Available on Stelvio Ti and standard on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, this innovative four-channel chassis damping system instantly adapts to driving conditions and can be adjusted by the driver via the Alfa DNA selector. This technology allows for a setting of softer shock absorbers for a more comfortable drive, or a more rigid setting, for more accuracy in sports driving.

Peace of mind: safety and security 
The all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features.


Alfa Romeo Veni Vidi Vici


The Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers safety and security features that include:

  • Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus: provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent
  • Adaptive Cruise Control – Plus with Full Stop: helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the Stelvio to a full stop without driver intervention
  • Lane Departure Warning: alerts the driver of inadvertent lane departure


To help rear visibility both on the road and in parking situations, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and front- and rear-park assist sensors are available.

In addition, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio features advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags; driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side air bags; front and rear side curtain air bags; and driver and front-passenger inflatable knee air bags.

Alfa Stelvio Interior Rendering


Italian style, inside and out
In true Italian fashion, the all-new Stelvio allows owners to customize their performance SUV with up to 13 exterior colors; seven wheel choices, ranging from 18-inches to 21-inches; and an almost endless selection of interior color and trim choices.


For sophisticated music lovers, the refined Harman Kardon Premium Audio System is offered on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which delivers detail-rich audio output. The heart of the Sound Theatre system is a 900-watt 12-channel class D amplifier, which distributes clear sound through a system of 14 speakers for superior audio quality. Harman Kardon’s Logic 7 sound technology is used to secure a surround effect from different high-resolution sources and harmoniously uniform stereo playback. With this sound system, occupants can experience the premium quality for which Harman Kardon is renowned.

With the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, where other SUV’s stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, capability and design.


Source and images courtesy of FCA

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Watch the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Debut!

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Watch the unveiling of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Live! The reveal will occur on Wednesday, November 16th at 9:15AM PST / 12:15PM EST.  Be sure to tune in a little earlier so you get a good seat!



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Thursday, November 10, 2016

2017 Fiat 500X Model Changes

Fiat 500X Trekking

The Fiat 500X model range has been revamped and simplified for the 2017 model year. Overall pricing, when equipped with popular options is also lower than the 2016 model year.

Last year's 500X Easy is discontinued and now combined with the Pop model and the pricing is being lowered. The top of the line Trekking Plus model from last year is also eliminated and is now a Trekking with upgraded equipment.

Below is a comparison of the model year lineup and base prices.*  The 500X model lineup is going from 5 models in 2016 down to 3 for 2017.

2016 Fiat 500X Model Lineup
Pop   $20,000
Easy   $22,300
Trekking   $23,335
Lounge  $25,135
Trekking+  $27,335

2017 Fiat 500X Model Lineup
Pop  $19,995
Trekking  $23,335
Lounge  $25,135

Note the base pricing is the same in most cases, however, that's not the end of the story. Along with the simplified model lineup, Fiat is also adding content to the option packages and lowering their cost. In some cases it is dramatic.

Some highlights:
FIAT 500X – Savings up to $2,380
NEW 2017MY Launch – Simplified line-up with added value
•NEW Re-purposed collection content into new option groups
•NEW Options are now available on a Pop
•NEW Pop is now available in AWD – Base AWD Price reduced $745
•NEW Sunroof, wheels, and Beats audio are now stand-alone options on Pop
•NEW Get Trekking with Beats audio and sunroof for $1,300 less than 16MY
•NEW Get fully loaded lounge for under $30K
•NEW Fully Loaded Trekking - now $2,380 less than 16MY Trekking plus
•NEW Entry level AWD 500X – under $24K was $24,635 - $745 less


What does this mean? Now a fully loaded 2017 Trekking is $2,380 less than 2016 Trekking Plus. Now you can get an AWD Fiat 500X for under $24,000 or about $745 less than last year.

Fiat has always offered extreme value, but this year they are pulling out the stops. Below are some highlights.

500X 2017 Discounted Value Packages with Order Codes
  • Pop Popular Equipment Package (Available on Pop) (ADC) – $995 is a $1,875 VALUE or a 47% Discount
  • Trekking Cold Weather Package (Available on Trekking) (ADE) – $450 is a $700 VALUE or a 36% Discount
  • Trekking Popular Equipment Package (Available on Trekking) (AXB) – $995 is a $1,400 VALUE or a 29% Discount
  • Premium Package (Available on Trekking and Lounge) (Trekking ALU/ALL) – $995 (Lounge ALT/AAM) – $995 is a $2,300 VALUE or a 35% Discount
  • Advanced Safety Package (Available on Trekking and Lounge) (AJ1) – $1,295 is a $1,950 VALUE or a 34% Discount

Below is a breakdown of what's new on each 500X model.

Fiat 500X Pop


2017 Fiat 500X Pop Overview
  • Pop model reduced MSRP to $20,990 ($19,995 + Destination) from $20,995 in 2016
  • Available in 4 new colors( Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic), Bronzo Magnetico (Bronze Metallic), Giallo Tristrato (Tri-Coat Yellow), Rosso Amore (Red Tri-Coat)
  • AWD now available ($745 lower starting MSRP than the 2016 Easy model
  • Options available on manual transmission cars
  • NEW Popular Equip. Pkg is $425 LESS than 16MY Easy
  • Popular Equipment with 17”s Now under $23K! Added $850 in Value!
  • Popular Equipment Package with 16” Alloy wheels is $425 less than 2016 Easy
  • Now stand alone options can be added: 17” wheel upgrade, dual pane power sunroof and Beats premium audio system 
  • Options and packages can be combined,on both MTX and ATX

500X Pop Details
Pop FWD (FBFL49) – $19,995
AWD (FBGL49) – $23,890

Available Options:
  • 2.4L Tigershark Engine with 9-Speed Automatic Transmission (27A) – $1,500
  • Pop Popular Equipment Package (ADC) – $995
  • 17” Alloy Wheel Upgrade (WFK) – $495 (Standard with AWD)
  • Dual-Pane Power Sunroof (GWL) – $1,250
  • Beats Premium Audio System (RCV) – $695 (Note: Must Have Package ADC to add Beats)
2017 Fiat 500X Trekking


2017 Fiat 500X Trekking Overview
  • Mantain MSRP same as 2016 and standard content
  • Options and packages can be combine
  • NEW Stand-alone Leather and 18” Wheels
  • NEW Safety features only available on 16MY Trekking +
  • NEW Loaded Trekking is $285 LESS than 16MY Trekking +
  • NEW Trekking Plus coll. 1 content for $1,300 less than 16MY
  • NEW 35% Discount on Beats, Roof and wheels


500X Trekking Details
FWD (FBFM49) – $23,335
AWD (FBGM49) – $25,235
Available Options:
4 option groups
  • Trekking Popular Equipment Package (AXB) – $995
  • Cold Weather Package (ADE) – $450
  • Advanced Safety Package (AJ1) – $1,295 (Note: Must Have Package AXB)
  • Trekking Premium Package (ALU/ALL) – $1,495 – Price decreased $500 and now includes 18” Wheels (WPR) vs. 16MY Trek. +
•18” Alloy Wheel Upgrade (WPR) – $495
•Uconnect 6.5” With Navigation (RA4) – $875
•Leather-Trimmed Seats (ALU5/ALX9) – $900
Options and packages can be combined


Fiat 500X Lounge

2017 Fiat 500X Lounge Overview

  • Mantain MSRP same as 2016 and standard content
  • Options and packages can be combined
  • NEW Available Stand-Alone Leather Seats
  • NEW Combined Beats, Sunroof and 18” Wheels for $1,495
  • NEW Loaded Lounge MSRP now starts under $30,000
  • NEW Lounge with Beats, Roof, Wheels, Leather and all safety features $1,660 less than 16MY



500X Lounge Details 
FWD (FBFP49) – $25,135
AWD (FBGP49) – $27,035
2 option groups
  • Advanced Safety Package (AJ1) – $1,295
  • Lounge Premium Package (ALT/AAM) – $1,495
Available Options:
•18” Alloy Wheel Upgrade (WPT) – $495
•Leather-Trimmed Seats (ALU5/ALX9) – $900
Options and packages can be combined





*does not include $995 destination charge

Source: FCA US LLC


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider Celebrates 50 Years!

Classic Fiat 124 Sport Spider and New 124 Spider

November 3, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 124 Spider debut. First shown at the Torino Motor Show on November 3, 1966, the striking Fiat 124 Spider was a revelation in refinement, sportiness and sophistication. The iconic Pininfarina design would be produced to 1985 and achieve a production volume of 190,000 units, 170,000 of which were sold in the US. There are still some 8,000 124 Spiders registered on US roads today.




Fiat issued a birthday video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 124 Spider along with the official press release below. Enjoy!


3 November 1966 - 3 November 2016: The Iconic Fiat Convertible Turns 50. 


It crossed decisive decades of the past century with a touch of elegance and sportiness to present day. It was California Dreamin' back in 1966, and not by chance the model's exciting new evolution was presented in Los Angeles in 2015. Today, its style embodies the timeless beauty of its predecessor while remaining true to its real self and is setting out to fascinate a new generation of fans.


Classic Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Background
"The Turin Motor Show under the sign of optimism" was the positive-sounding title of the 48th edition of the event held in halls of Torino Esposizioni in 1966. The Motor Show welcomed visitors with a magnificent display of lights and colours. The glossy paintwork of the cars reflected the bright neon lights multiplying the effect: it was the 1960s and waves of enthusiasm were rolling across Italy. The monetary crisis of 1964-1965 was coming to an end and automotive production had increased by 8% in 1966. Over 650 billion Lira had been invested from the beginning of the decade to renew and develop the plants in order to face a demand that was on the rise year by year.

In addition to generating employment, cars were the primary indicator of a country's welfare and its degree of civilization. While the yearning to own one was becoming more and more common, a certain conservative mentality which saw cars as an ephemeral luxury remained strong. The latter concept was proved wrong: today, we can reasonably declare that cars contributed to establishing true national unity by shortening distances, promoting travels and fostering mutual understanding. It may have been viewed as an accessory, but as a means of transportation it was nearly always a work tool, a calling card and a springboard for ambitions.

Early 1970s Fiat 124 Sport Spider

The Fiat stand stood out for its sheer size in the exhibition hall, among those of 515 exhibitors from 13 different countries: the very comprehensive line-up displayed at the Turin Motor Show in 1966 was capable of satisfying the most diverse tastes and needs and was complemented by three brand-new models.



Visitors could admire the Fiat Dino, the production of which was being kicked off at the time, and the models which completed the 124 range. The 124 was an innovative car with an original style, a new concept of space, sophisticated engineering and state-of-the-art safety. The Fiat 124 was the result of Fiat's commitment to make an affordable, fast car, capable of carrying five people and their luggage in comfortable style.

Fiat 124 Station Wagon 1966-1970 version


An estate version - the Fiat 124 Familiare - was introduced at the Motor Show, but that 3rd of November would be remembered above all for the Fiat 124 Sport Spider. This model was the pinnacle of the evolution in the thrilling yet accessible convertible car segment that Fiat had led since the end of World War II with models such as the 1100 Spider in 1954, the 1200 and the twin-cam 1500 Bialbero in 1958, the 1500 S and the 1600 S in 1961.

Fiat 1500 Spider


The 124 Sport Spider was designed for motorists seeking brilliant performance at an affordable price: it was a sporty car with a wide circulation. The press dubbed it a "modern event" not just a simple car. It was modern because the quest for mobility was satisfied by a product that could excite and was reasonably priced, with a convincing and personal style, thrilling performance and innovative technical solutions, particularly mechanical.

The 124 Sport Spider was the evolution of the 124 saloon but was also a genuine sports car with which everyone soon fell in love. To design the car, Fiat called Pininfarina, long-time partner of the automaker and a respected name in automotive car design worldwide.


Classic Fiat 124 Sport Spider

The 1966 124 Sport Spider: a world automotive legend was born
The model picked up most of the mechanics of the Fiat 124 saloon but was designed from the start with some quintessentially sporty features. The name of Pininfarina was in itself a guarantee of design and interior elegance, and as a whole, the 124 Sport Spider stood out for the overall high quality of its finish, its accessories and its colors. The car was 3.97 metres long, and its exterior style was modern, restrained and well-proportioned. Its streamline side was enhanced by the rear wing that dipped slightly in the connection to the front wing.

Fiat 124 Sport Spider


The front end was flat and compact with a light look determined by the recess housing two slightly retracted headlights. The air intake presented an original hexagonal shape, while the bumpers were stark, wrap around and free from overriders.

Fiat 124 Sport Spider with late model taillights


The tail was characterised by two slightly upward inclined fins forming a concave line connecting to the boot profile. In short, it expressed the most attractive style and proportions of its time: an enchanter among the enchanting; it stood on that Fiat stand in November 1966 by two beauty pageant winners and actress Marisa Solinas.

Classic Fiat 124 Spider Convertible Top


The car had a Vinilite rear window and two side windows that retracted when the top was folded down. The large glazed surfaces ensured visibility in all directions. Aerodynamics were suited to motorway speeds and for agile driving in city traffic at the same time. The design of the windows and the windscreen, as the details of the handles, headlights, seats and colors, were all characterised by research focused on utility and elegance.


Classic Fiat 124 Spider Dashboard


The interiors were also carefully crafted with anatomic seats, wood trim and a very complete dashboard: instruments included a speedometer, an electric oil pressure gauge, a coolant thermometer and an electronic tachometer.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fiat Sales for October 2016

Fiat 500


Fiat 500 sales in October were up 8 % last month compared to the same month a year ago. This is the first month this year the 500 recorded a net gain over monthly sales from last year and some needed good news.

An interesting bit of trivia is October 2016 had two fewer selling days than October 2015, so if we factor that into the comparison, Fiat 500 sales were up 14%.



Fiat 124 Spider Abarth


Still, Overall Fiat brand sales for October were down 24 percent compared to the same month a year ago, with the 500L and 500X sales being down 59 and 61 percent respectively.

Sales of the Fiat 124 Spider held firmly at the same 400 plus level it has been averaging since its introduction.

Fiat 500X Trekking


October News Recap
We reported that Fiat has been quietly adding new dealers to its dealership roster.


We looked at some of the upcoming Mopar accessories for the new Fiat 124 Spider.


Make sure you stop by the Fiat 124 Spider forum for interesting discussions.


The Alfa Romeo Giulia is getting closer to arriving at dealers, and we published the full features and options list.



Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January - October 2016
Fiat 500Current MonthLast Year 2015Vol ChangeCurrent YTD TotalLast Year YTD TotalChange  %
Oct
500
500L
500X
124

    1,276
     119
     783
    444
    2,622

  1,180
   290
    1,994
    0
  3,464

   8%
   -59%
   -61%
    New
   -24%

    12,879
    2,920
    10,047
    1,875
    27,721

      21,269
       7,044
        6,164
        0
       34,477

   -39%
   -59%
   63%
   New
   -20%
Sept
500
500L
500X
124

    1,481
     103
     839
    490
    2,913

  1,981
   332
    1,856
    0
  4,169

   -25%
   -69%
   -55%
    New
   -30%

    11,603
    2,801
    9,264
    1,431
    25,099

      20,089
       6,754
        4,170
        0
      31,013

   -42%
   -59%
   122
   New
   -19%
Aug
500
500L
500X
124

    1,243
     131
     898
    460
    2,732

  2,102
   314
    1,061
    0
  3,477

   -41%
   -58%
   -15%
    New
   -21%

    10,095
    2,687
    8,348
    885
    22,015

      17,982
       6,334
        2,279
        0
      26,595

   -44%
   -58%
   266
   New
   -17%
July
500
500L
500X
124

    1,097
     227
     950
    480
    2,754

  1,940
   314
    942
    0
  3,196

   -43%
   -28%
   1%
    New
   -14%

    8,857
    2,527
    7,481
    481
    19,346

      15,880
       6,020
        1,218
       0
      23,118

   -44%
   -58%
   514
   New
   -16%
June
500
500L
500X
124

    1,113
     274
    1,156
    1
    2,544

  2,283
   530
    324
    0
  3,137

   -51%
   -48%
   257
    New
   -19%

    7,932
    2,338
    7,464
    1
    17,735

      15,390
       6,076
         332
        0
      21,798

   -48%
   -62%
   2148
   New
   -19%
May
500
500L
500X

    1,553
     334
    1,250
    3,137

  2,614
   1,245
     8
  3,867

   -41%
   -73%
 15K
   -19%

    6,819
    2,064
    6,308
    15,911

      13,107
       5,546
         8
      18,661

   -48%
   -63%
   7.9K
   -19%
April
500
500L
500X

    1,488
     463
    1,094
    3,045

  2,498
   1,258
     0
  3,756

   -40%
   -63%
    New
   -19%

    5,266
    1,730
    5,058
    12,054

      10,493
       4,301
        0
      14,794

   -50%
   -60%
   New
   -19%
Mar
500
500L
500X

    1,490
     533
    1,399
    3,422

  3,276
   1,218
     0
  4,494

   -55%
   -56%
    New
   -24%

    3,778
    1,267
    3,964
    9,009

      7,995
       3,043
         0
      11,038

   -53%
   -58%
   New
   -18%
Feb
500
500L
500X

    1,081
     365
    1,547
    2,993

  2,333
   956
     0
  3,289

   -54%
   -62%
    New
   -9%

    2,288
     734
    2,565
    5,587

      4,719
       1,825
        0
       6,544

   -52%
   -60%
   New
   -15%
Jan
500
500L
500X

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

  2,386
   869
     0
  3,255

   -49%
   -58%
    New
   -20%

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

      2,386
       869
         0
      3,255

   -49%
   -58%
   New
   -20%




Figures and sources: FCA US LLC,
Images: FCA US LLC and author