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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Alfa Giulia Motor Trend Car of The Year

Alfa Giulia Car of The Year

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has won Motor Trend magazine's Car of The Year Award, besting a competitive field of 46 cars. The Motor Trend Car of The Year award is in its 70th year and has developed into an exhaustive evaluation. There are performance tests to measure acceleration, braking, and handling. After that, design and features are evaluated as well as on the road, everyday driving impressions. This year, the competition was fierce with competitors such as the new BMW 5 series, Tesla Model 3, Lexus LC 500h, and Porsche Panamera to name a few.




The Alfa Romeo Giulia was picked over the competition not only for its overall performance, value, and design but also for its sheer driving enjoyment.

Some of the quotes from the evaluation:

“There is sorcery in this car,” road test editor Chris Walton says. “The Giulia fills the space vacated by BMW. Yet even at the apex of its reign, a 3 Series never rode this well or cornered with such poise and precision simultaneously.”

“Best steering, best chassis—this car saves the sport sedan market.”

"On top of its outstanding performance, superior handling, strong fuel economy, excellent safety record, and killer value, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is just flat-out fun."

Alfa Giulia


What's important to note is while everyone knows the 505 hp M3 crushing Giulia Quadrifoglio is a top performer, Motor Trend commended the standard Giulia models saying:

"What clinched the Calipers was the base Giulia. Many brands make blazingly fast performance sedans, but when the exercise is reduced by mass-market pressures, the lesser version is often found lacking. Not so here. The $38,990 base Giulia achieves something Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, and Jaguar have tried futilely to do for decades: build a better compact sport sedan than the Deutschlanders."

Alfa Giulia Interior


Also praised was the Giulias interior design:

"Many luxury sedans have imitated the stark Germanic style. But Alfa retained its legacy of what an Italian car’s exterior and interior should look like. It is unmistakable and sensual, imbuing a cosmopolitan glamour to the driver."

Alfa Romeo Giulia


You would think a car with all these attributes would carry a high-end price but what cinches the deal is the Giulia can be considered a bargain. For the price of a mundane and boring Camry, you can get a world class leading sedan. Motor Trend acknowledges this by saying:

"Now let’s talk value. This segment is cutthroat, and Alfa has not flinched at what is expected. After following the industry-standard 36-month, $399/month lease deal, it launched a 24-month, $299/month lease deal that should get the attention of any individual with Maserati tastes but a Mazda budget."

Alfa Giulia QV


Finally, Motor Trend summed up the Giulia this way:

"The Giulia was the only vehicle whose essence enraptured the jury with its charm and unbridled zeal for driving. Nearly every judge uttered the word “love” when describing this car."

The Senior Feature Editor said it all -

“I would be so happy if every day I got to be in this car."

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Now, what are you waiting for?


Give these top Alfa dealers a call or check the link below for the dealer nearest you:








Source and quotes: Motor Trend Alfa Giulia Car of The Year
Images: Alfa Romeo and Author

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Authorized Fiat 500e Dealers Outside CA and OR

Fiat 500e

Here is a list of Fiat dealers outside of California and Oregon that are certified to fully service the Fiat 500e EV.

Introduced in 2013 and originally only sold in California and then later in Oregon, used Fiat 500e models have now begun migrating across the country. Don't be surprised if you see one for sale locally.

Fiat 500e interior


The Fiat 500e all-electric vehicle has been widely acclaimed by the experts and owners alike as a stylish, fun to drive car. Combining the award-winning Fiat 500 with an advanced EV drivetrain at an affordable price has made the Fiat 500e hard to beat. Now with used prices typically in the $10,000 range or less, a used 500e is one of the most affordable electric cars you can buy. Test drive one and you may be hooked!



Fiat Dealers Authorized to Work on Fiat 500e Electric Cars outside California and Oregon


ARIZONA

  • Everett Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Springdale AR
  • Bill Luke Tempe FIAT & Alfa Romeo - Tempe AZ
  • FIAT of Scottsdale - Scottsdale AZ
  • Fisher Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Yuma AZ


COLORADO

  • Mike Ward Alfa Romeo of South Denver - Highlands Ranch CO
  • Perkins Motor Company, Inc. - Colorado Springs CO
  • Flower Motor Co Inc - Montrose CO
  • Larry H. Miller FIAT Denver - Denver CO


CONNECTICUT

  • Valenti Alfa Romeo - Hartford CT


DELAWARE

  • i.g. Burton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Milford DE


FLORIDA

  • South Miami Alfa Romeo - Miami FL
  • Arrigo FIAT Sawgrass - Tamarac FL
  • Arrigo Alfa Romeo Palm Beach - West Palm Beach FL
  • Greenway FIAT - Orlando FL
  • Alfa Romeo FIAT of Daytona - Daytona Beach FL
  • FIAT of Winter Haven - Winter Haven FL
  • FIAT of Ft. Myers - Fort Myers FL
  • Jacksonville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT - Jacksonville FL
  • FIAT of Melbourne - Melbourne FL


GEORGIA

  • Landmark FIAT of Atlanta - Atlanta GA
  • Don Jackson FIAT - Morrow GA


IOWA

  • Dan Deery Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Waterloo IA
  • Pat McGrath Dodge Country - Cedar Rapids IA


ILLINOIS

  • New City Alfa Romeo FIAT of Chicago - Chicago IL
  • Coronet Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT - Peru IL



  • KENTUCKY
  • Mann Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - Richmond KY


MASSACHUSETTS

  • Central Alfa Romeo of Norwood - Norwood MA


MARYLAND

  • Criswell Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and FIAT - Gaithersburg MD
  • Heritage FIAT Owings Mills - Owings Mills MD


MAINE

  • Central Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Waterville ME


MICHIGAN

  • Golling FIAT - Metro Detroit - Bloomfield Hills MI
  • Suburban FIAT - Ann Arbor MI
  • Zeigler FIAT of Grandville - Grandville MI
  • Lafontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Lansing - Lansing MI
  • Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Corunna MI


MISSOURI

  • Warrensburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Warrensburg MO


NORTH CAROLINA

  • Steve White Motors - Newton NC
  • Mike Toler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Morehead City NC


NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Crosstown Motors - Littleton NH


NEW JERSEY

  • Lester Glenn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Toms River NJ


OKLAHOMA

  • Hoyte Chrysler Durant - Durant OK
  • Chris Nikel Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Broken - Arrow OK
  • Bartlesville CDJR FIAT - Bartlesville OK


SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Addy's Harbor Dodge Ram FIAT - Myrtle Beach SC


TEXAS

  • Nyle Maxwell FIAT Alfa Romeo - Austin TX
  • Greenville Chrysler - Greenville TX
  • Ewing Alfa Romeo FIAT - Fort Worth TX
  • Peters Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT - Longview TX
  • Glenn Polk Autoplex - Gainesville TX
  • Helfman FIAT Alfa Romeo Maserati - Houston TX
  • Toliver Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - Corsicana TX
  • Alfa Romeo FIAT of the Rio Grande Valley - Weslaco TX
  • Stanley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT Brownwood - Brownwood TX
  • FIAT of Mckinney - Mckinney TX
  • Port Lavaca Dodge Chrysler Jeep Port - Lavaca TX
  • Bruner Motors Inc - Stephenville TX
  • Love Field Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Dallas TX
  • All American Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of San Angelo - San Angelo TX


VIRGINIA

  • Pomoco FIAT of Newport News - Newport News VA
  • Southern FIAT of Norfolk - Norfolk VA
  • Dick Myers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Harrisonburg VA
  • Safford of Winchester - Winchester VA
  • Blackwell Auto Group - Danville VA
  • Safford Alfa Romeo FIAT of Fredericksburg - Fredericksburg VA


WASHINGTON

  • Alfa Romeo and FIAT of Tacoma - Tacoma WA
  • Car Pros FIAT of Seattle - Renton WA


WISCONSIN

  • Palmen FIAT - Kenosha WI
  • Pischke Motors, Inc. - West Salem WI
  • Schlossman Dodge City Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT - Brookfield WI
  • Brickner's of Wausau - Wausau WI
  • Chilson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT - Chippewa Falls WI
  • Van Horn Dodge - Plymouth WI
  • Bergstrom Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Kaukauna - Kaukauna WI


WEST VIRGINIA

  • Astorg Auto - Parkersburg WV


Source and images: Fiat USA

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fiat Sales for October 2017

Fiat 500 in Autumn


The Fiat brand sold a total of 1,769 cars during October, a 33 percent decline compared to the same month last year. So far this year, Fiat has sold 23,021 cars. This is a 17 percent decline compared to the 27,721 cars sold during the same period last year.

Fiat 500L MPV


Good news from last month was sales of the 500L MPV were up 34 percent. This is the second month in a row that 500L sales were up. A redesigned and upgraded 500L is expected to arrive at dealeships sometime this fall.


Fiat 124 Spider


Sales of other Fiat models were not as lucky and all posted numbers less than last year. Hurricane season, the California fires, declining small car sales and one day fewer selling days this October compared to last year all doing their part to keep sales down. Coming up this month, a special, Black Friday Sales event will take place the day after Thanksgiving and is said to offer amazing deals. Hopefully, that will give sales a needed shot in the arm. We will see...




Fiat 500X with Mopar Accessories


Fiat October News
Continuing our series of 500X do-it-yourself Mopar accessories articles, we tackled how to install a body stripe on your 500X. Mopar has hundreds of accessories available for the full Fiat model range. Check the Mopar website to see what they offer for your car and get installing!


Fiat 500 Abarth on track


Never been on a racetrack? We posted a video showing what it is like getting track instructions from a professional driver.


2017 Fiat 500


Starting in August and continuing through the month of October, Fiat offered special employee discount pricing to victims of Hurricane Harvey. In Houston alone, over 600,000 cars were lost due to the powerful storm. These pricing discounts were designed to help those struggling to replace transportation so they can rebuild and resume their lives.


Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January - October 2017
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
Oct
500
500L
500X
124

    801
    159
    561
    248
    1,769

 1,276
 119
 783
 444
  2,622

  -37%
   34%
   -28%
  -44%
   -33%

    11236
    1426
    6436
    3923
    23,021

       12,879
       2,920
       10047
          1875
       27,721

    -13%
    -51%
    -36%
    109%
    -17%
Sept
500
500L
500X
124

    1,016
    209
    638
    343
    2,206

 1,481
 103
 839
 490
  2,913

  -31%
   103%
   -24%
  -30%
   -24%

    10435
    1267
    5875
    3675
    21252

       11,603
       2,801
       9,264
          1431
       25,099

    -10%
    -55%
    -37%
    156%
    -15%
August
500
500L
500X
124

    937
    141
    680
    382
    2,120

 1,246
 131
 899
 460
  2,736

  -25%
   8%
   -27%
  -17%
   -23%

    9,419
    1058
    5237
    3332
    19046

       10,122
       2,698
       8,425
          941
       22,186

    -7%
    -61%
    -38%
    254%
    -14%
July
500
500L
500X
124

    1026
    171
    597
    450
    2,244

 1,089
 225
 944
 480
  2,738

  -6%
   -24%
   -37%
   -6%
   -18%

    8,482
    917
    4577
    2950
    16926

        8,876
       2,567
       7,526
          481
       19,450

    -4%
    -64%
    -39%
    513%
    -13%
June
500
500L
500X
124

    995
    184
    553
    510
    2,242

 1,115
 279
 934
 1
  2,329

  -11%
   -34%
   -41%
    New
   -4%

    7,456
    746
    3980
    2500
    14,682

        7,787
       2,342
       6,582
           1
       16,712

    -4%
    -68%
    -40%
    New
    -12%
May
500
500L
500X
124

    1,240
    163
    703
    564
    2,670

 1,573
 335
 1,262
 0
  3,170

  -21%
   -51%
   -44%
    New
   -16%

    6,461
    562
    3427
    1990
    12,440

        6672
       2,063
       5,648
           0
       14,383

    -3%
    -73%
    -39%
    New
    -14%
April
500
500L
500X
124

    1,201
    115
    758
    465
    2,539

 1,504
 466
 1,128
 0
  3,098

  -20%
   -75%
   -33%
    New
   -18%

    5,221
    399
    2724
    1426
    9,770

        5099
       1728
       4,386
           0
        11213

    2%
    -77%
    -38%
    New
    -13%
March
500
500L
500X
124

    1,671
    106
    726
    419
    2,922

 1,494
 535
 1,056
 0
  3,085

  12%
   -80%
   -31%
    New
   -5%

    4,020
    284
    1966
    961
    7,231

        3595
       1262
       3,258
           0
        8,115

    12%
    -77%
    -40%
    New
    -11%
Feb
500
500L
500X
124

    1,131
    72
    640
    302
    2,145

 1120
 370
 1,161
 0
  2,651

  1%
   -81%
   -45%
    New
   -19%

    2,349
    178
    1240
    542
    4,309

        2101
       727
       2,202
           0
        5,030

    12%
    -76%
    -44%
    New
    -14%
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    1,218
    106
    600
    240
    2,164

 981
 357
 1,041
 0
  2,379

  24%
   -70%
   -40%
    New
   -9%

    1,218
    106
    600
    240
    2,164

        981
       357
       1,041
           0
        2,379

    24%
    -70%
    -42%
    New
    -9%



Sources: FCA US LLC.
Images: FCA and Author