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Wednesday, July 15, 2020



STELLANTIS is the name of the new group resulting from the merger of FCA and Groupe PSA.

Below is the press release issued earlier today:

In a major step as they move towards the completion of their 50:50 merger as defined in the Combination Agreement announced on 18 December 2019, Peugeot S.A. ("Groupe PSA") and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ("FCA") (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) today announce that the corporate name of the new group will be.

STELLANTIS is rooted in the Latin verb “stello” meaning “to brighten with stars”. It draws inspiration from this new and ambitious alignment of storied automotive brands and strong company cultures that in coming together are creating one of the new leaders in the next era of mobility while at the same time preserving all the exceptional value and the values of its constituent parts. will combine the scale of a truly global business with an exceptional breadth and depth of talent, know-how and resource capable of providing the sustainable mobility solutions for the coming decades.

The name’s Latin origins pay tribute to the rich history of its founding companies while the evocation of astronomy captures the true spirit of optimism, energy and renewal driving this industry-changing merger.

FCA Logo

Peugeot Group Logo

The process of identifying the new name began soon after the Combination Agreement was announced and the senior management of both companies have been closely involved throughout, supported by Publicis Group.

The name will be used exclusively at the Group level, as a Corporate brand. The next step in the process will be the unveiling of a logo that with the name will become the corporate brand identity. The names and the logos of the Group’s constituent brands will remain unchanged.

As previously stated, completion of the merger project is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by both companies’ shareholders at their respective Extraordinary General Meetings and the satisfaction of antitrust and other regulatory requirements.

- Vélizy-Villacoublay and London, July 15, 2020

Read more: on the FCA and PSA Merger:

Fiat SpA Legacy Logo

Source: FCA

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Alfa Stelvio Oil Change How To

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Oil Change

Changing the oil on an Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a straight forward procedure once you remover the 21 fasteners holding engine undertray.  The Stelvio's 2.0L Turbocharged engine needs 5.5 quarts of 0W30  full synthetic oil meeting SN PLUS standards or Fiat 9.55535-GS1 specifications.  This oil may not be the easiest oil to find  at your local parts store, but you can get this at the dealer or online if that is the case.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio / Giulia SAE 0W-30 Full Synthetic
Part number: 68444159AA Quart

Alfa Romeo Giulia / Stelvio Oil Filter
Part number: 04892339AB

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Oil Drain Plug
Part number: 06507741AA

When to Change The Oil on Your Alfa Stelvio
Changing engine oil and replacing the engine oil filter depends on how you use your car and the  conditions it is operated in.  The warning light or message in the instrument panel will alert you when an oil change is needed, but in all cases, you should never exceed 1 year/10,000 miles (16093 km).

Severe Duty Oil Change
If  you operate your Stelvio in dusty and off-road environment or if it is operated predominately at idle or only very low engine RPM’s, this type of vehicle use is considered Severe Duty and you need to change your engine oil at 4,000 miles (6,500 km).

Alfa Stelvio Engine Under Tray

The Alfa Stelvio's engine undertray seals off the bottom of the engine bay nicely. This helps keep the engine clean, plus quiets the car.  There are quite a few fasteners to remove, but they are all easily removable.

Removing Stelvio Belly Pan

Am electric screw driver is highly recommended and will speed up the process immensely.   You need three torx bits - a T20, T25 and T30.

Stelvio Belly Pan Fasteners

Make sure your Torx bit fits correctly before trying to remove the fastener.  Clean any dirt or debris that may have accumulated in the fastener will help avoid stripped fasteners.

Removing Stelvio Belly Pan

The Alfa Stelvio's undertray is overlapped on the sides by wheelhouse splash shield / the side trims.

Removing Belly Pan

Carefully remove the undertray.

Stelvio Oil Pan

The Alfa Stelvio's oil drain plug and oil filter are easily accessible.

Removing Stelvio Drain Plug

Remove the oil filler cap and then remove the drain plug.

Stelvio Drain Plug 06507741AA

This is the Stelvio's drain plug.  Note the washer. Replace the drain plug and gasket if damaged. The drain plug part number is 06507741AA and fits a wide variety of FCA products. It can be easily found online or at your local dealer.

You can use an oil filter wrench or a large channel lock pliers to remove the oil filter.

Stelvio Oil Filter Flange

Once you remove the oil filter, carefully clean the mounting flange. Make sure the oil filter gasket did not come off the filter and is not stuck on the flange.

Stelvio Under Tray Fasteners

All the fasteners and that need to be removed to change the oil on an Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Shown are the T25 and T30 Torx sockets (the T20  Torx socket is not shown).   The oil filter used is a common FCA oil filter used on numerous cars.

Alfa Stelvio Belly Pan

Above is the Alfa Stelvio's under-tray with fastener locations marked for your convenience.  When you install the fasteners, take time to hand start them and do not over tighten. It also would be a good idea to smear some anti-seize on the threads to make them easier to remove the next time.

Fiat 9.55535-GS1 Oil Specs

A tip is to prefill your oil filter. This can save a few moments waiting for oil to circulate through the filter and then into the engine.

Alfa Stelvio 9.55535-GS1 Oil

Add your 5.5 quarts of SN PLUS Certified SAE 0W-30 Full Synthetic Engine Oil. Remember, the oil needs to meet SN PLUS / Fiat 9.55535-GS1 specs.  Make sure you re-install the oil cap.

Checking The Engine Oil on a Alfa Stelvio*
The engine oil level can be seen on the instrument cluster display every time the engine is started, or on the Information and Entertainment system display by activating on the main menu (MENU button) the following functions in sequence:

  1. “Apps”
  2. “My Car”
  3. “Oil Level”

Check on the display using the 6 notches that the oil level is between the MIN and MAX level: 1 notch MIN level, 6 notches MAX level.

If the oil level is close to or below the MIN mark, gradually add oil through the filler,  considering that each notch shown on the display corresponds to approximately 8.8 fl oz (250 ml).

Make sure not to add too much oil when topping off the engine. Engine oil in excess may damage the engine. Have the vehicle checked. Never exceed the MAX level when topping off engine oil.

The oil level is not refreshed immediately on the display after topping off. Consequently, wait for the oil level to be refreshed on the display and follow the Top-Up procedure below.

Always reinstall the oil cap and tighten to proper torque whenever it is removed to add oil to engine. Never run the engine with cap removed this could cause oil to leak from engine.

Top-Up And Oil Level Indication Update On Display
If a engine oil top-off is needed, in order to ensure the correct indication of the oil level on the display, leave the vehicle on flat ground with the engine running for approximately five minutes (temperature higher than 176°F (80°C)) and shut the engine off. Then, start the engine again, and idle it for about five minutes.

If you have added the specified amount of oil and the indicator is not reading “Full”, please contact an authorized dealer.

Alfa Stelvio Oil Check

Resetting The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Oil Change Reminder
The next step is to clear your oil change reminder. Try the procedure below to reset your Stelvio's oil change reminder. You may have to do this several times. However, it is possible that it won't reset and you'll need the dealer to do it.

Resetting the oil change indicator system:
• Without pushing the brake pedal, push the ENGINE START/STOP button and cycle the ignition
to ON/RUN position (do not start the engine).
• Fully depress the accelerator pedal, slowly, five times within 10 seconds.
• Without pushing the brake pedal, push the ENGINE START/STOP button once to return the
ignition to the OFF/LOCK position.

*From the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Repair Manual Courtesy of TechAuthority