A special Camp Jeep with the preview of the all-new Jeep Wrangler
Fifth edition of the largest Jeep Owners Group event will take place on July 14-15.
The event will draw Jeep owners and fans from across Europe to celebrate the arrival of the all-new Jeep Wrangler available to test drive.
Online registration, location and program will be available soon on the JOG website and on Jeep's social channels[/b
The fifth annual Camp Jeep® event - the once-a-year get-together of the Jeep Owners Group (JOG) and fans of the brand from all across Europe - will take place on July 14 and 15 to celebrate the arrival of the all-new Jeep Wrangler.
Packed with happenings, activities and entertainment, the thrilling two-day event will be a very special occasion as it will give Jeep enthusiasts a first chance to get up close to the new generation of the iconic Wrangler and put it through its paces on challenging off-road routes.
First revealed to the world at the latest Los Angeles motor show, the all-new Jeep Wrangler builds on its legendary history to deliver an unmatched combination of off-road capability, a modern design that stays true to the original and a host of advanced technology features.
The second day of Camp Jeep, July 15, is a particularly important date for the American brand - the anniversary of the signing in 1941 of the agreement to supply the US Army with the unstoppable Willys-Overland MA, regarded as the first Jeep vehicle. Today, the all-new Wrangler picks up that heritage and is writing a new page in the legendary history of the Jeep brand.
Year after year, Camp Jeep lines up an activity-packed program for visitors, featuring off-road test drives, theoretical and practical courses held by Jeep Academy and many other open-air activities. It will be a unique opportunity to meet new people, have fun and live unforgettable adventures. Online registration to the event, location and the complete program of Camp Jeep will be coming soon on the JOG website and on the Jeep social media channels.
FCA Heritage, the Fiat Chrysler Automobile team in charge of promoting the heritage of the Group's Italian brands, will be at the Retromobile Show again this year (7-11 February 2018).
Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth to showcase 4 collector's models.
To illustrate the strength of the link between past and present, exhibits will include a Abarth 695 Rivale and an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
FCA Heritage press conference scheduled for 7 February at 10.30am at Stand 1 K 070.
FCA Heritage, the Group's department dedicated to promoting the heritage of FCA's Italian brands, has confirmed its spot at the Retromobile Show this year. This major European event is taking place at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre in Paris from February 7 to 11. FCA Heritage will showcase four collectibles on its 350 m2 stand at this prestigious convention dedicated to collection cars and motorcycles. These models illustrate the great moments of the Italian car through four brands - Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Alfa Romeo - four coachbuilders (Pininfarina, Bertone, Allemano and Zagato) and four different eras spanning 1957 to 1989.
The public will be able to appreciate the rarity of mythical or little-known coupés including the Lancia Appia Coupé, Fiat Dino 2400 coupé, Abarth 2400 coupé and Alfa Romeo SZ.
The exhibit will feature two models recently launched by the FCA Group, their inspiration and legitimacy drawn from the glorious history of their brand: the Abarth 695 Rivale, the new Scorpion icon, accompanied by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, a veritable flag bearer of the Biscione range.
Press conference: Roberto Giolito, Head of FCA Heritage, will introduce the department's projects and current 'works in progress' at a press conference to be held at Stand 1 K 070 on Wednesday, 7 February at 10.30am. Roberto will also reveal details about a new project to be launched this year.
FCA Heritage: This Group department set up in 2015 has developed a whole range of services for collectors and car enthusiasts of the Group's Italian brands. The Group's dedicated heritage site,
, is now available in French. As a showcase for FCA Heritage and meeting point for all those interested in history, events and initiatives devoted to the classic models of the FCA Group's Italian brands, this site offers enthusiasts and owners of Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Alfa Romeo classics the chance to discover the services on offer, subscribe to a dedicated newsletter and apply online for a certificate of origin. Lancia and Abarth owners can also use the restoration and certification of authenticity service offered by FCA Heritage.
Lancia Appia Coupé: first launched in 1953 as a sedan, 3 different series of the Lancia Appia were sold over 10 years. Various coachbuilders tried out several second-series derivatives: Allemano, Boano, Zagato, Ghia, Vignale, Viotti... Pinin Farina, for his part, designed this elegant, technically sophisticated 2+2 coupé. Its compact V4 1089 cm3 engine generates 53 hp. This model was produced for 5 years from 1957 to 1962.
Fiat Dino 2400 coupé: this project is the result of an agreement with Ferrari to supply Fiat with a new V6 engine. This allowed Ferrari to produce enough engines to be accepted into Formula 2. With this V6 engine and its 160 hp (then 180 hp as a 2.4-litre version), the Dino coupé's technical features were way ahead of the rest when it launched at the Turin exhibition in 1967. A picture of elegance in their signature Bertone lines, 6,068 Fiat Dino coupés were produced before 1972.
Abarth 2400 coupé: this very beautiful Michelotti signature coupé was launched in Geneva in 1959. Derived from the Fiat 2100, it was produced at Allemano from 1962 to 1964, first under the name 2200 coupé then 2400 coupé in 1964. The 6-cylinder 2400-series generates 140 hp and reaches speeds approaching 200 km/h. Interesting fact: the model on show belonged to Carlo Abarth himself.
Alfa Romeo SZ: Carrozzeria Zagato's history with Alfa Romeo dates back to the 1920s. His creations were all about improving performance. Initially showing a rare touch of elegance, his models would become more personal and original in style, such as the SZ coupé (short for Sport Zagato), launched in Geneva in 1989. Designed together with Alfa Romeo, it catches the eye with its aerodynamic (CX of 0.30), unusual and very geometric lines, but also its road qualities. Almost 1,000 models were made.
Abarth 695 Rivale
: this special edition was born from the marriage of two Italian brands that excelled in the field of technology, innovation, attention to detail and the drive for performance. Riva, which has always been synonymous with Italian elegance and style, helped create the most sophisticated Abarth ever made. With its 180 hp engine, its performance, refined style and aesthetically pleasing grey colour scheme, the 695 Rivale is directly inspired by the new open yacht 56' Rivale, one of the best-performance yachts ever built by Riva.
FCA Heritage launches the new “Reloaded by creators” service
The Rétromobile show is the setting for presentation of the project by which FCA Heritage launches its own retail concept, offering for sale a limited selection of classic cars: Alfa Spider IV serie (1991), Lancia Fulvia Coupé Montecarlo (1973), Spidereuropa Pininfarina (1981), Alfa Romeo SZ (1989) and Lancia Appia Coupé (1959).
From discovery to restoration, from valuing to return to the market: the range of services for Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth classic car lovers is now complete.
Coinciding with the official opening of the Rétromobile show, at a press conference held today in Paris, Roberto Giolito, head of FCA Heritage, presented "Reloaded by creators", the new sales service for lovers and collectors of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth classic cars. He also provided an overview of all FCA Heritage's other programmes for the safeguarding and promotion of the historic legacy of the Group's Italian brands.
The new "Reloaded by creators" project opens a new, original chapter in the FCA Heritage story: from now on, the Department will also be offering for sale a limited number of carefully selected classic cars, specially purchased by the Department, which have been restored to their original glory and guaranteed by the constructor (hence the name of the service). The sums raised will then be used to finance new scouting activities to add important new pieces to FCA's historic collection. This is therefore a real cultural project, inspired by the modus operandi of art museums worldwide.
FCA Heritage has selected and offered for sale five fascinating cars: Alfa Spider IV serie (1991), Lancia Fulvia Coupé Montecarlo (1973), Spidereuropa Pininfarina (1981), Alfa Romeo SZ (1989) and Lancia Appia Coupé (1959). The first three of these are "ultimate classics", meaning the last versions of their series to be built, the most "complete" in terms of engineering and design, while the other two offered for sale are "unusual" custom cars not everyone will know about. These three "ultimate classics" are also on display, from today to Sunday, at Rétromobile, where visitors will be able to admire them and request information about the work done on them and purchasing procedures. All five cars will be complete with the Certificate of Authenticity - meaning a genuine first for Alfa Romeo and Fiat brand certificates - and will be presented in the new "Reloaded by Creators", section, available from today on the
Alfa Romeo Spider (1991)
The icon of "Italian style" convertibles, the Alfa Romeo Spider belongs to the last version of this glorious model to be built, launched in 1966 as the final work of Battista Pininfarina in person. The car, which has always belonged to FCA, was used for technical tests such as the custom-colour test, which makes it a virtually unique Alfa Romeo.
Lancia Fulvia Coupé Montecarlo (1973)
The Lancia Fulvia Coupé was launched in 1965, based on a shortened version of the Lancia Fulvia sedan chassis, with lines inspired by those of Riva speedboats. The car offered for sale comes from the "Montecarlo" series, created as a limited edition to celebrate Munari and Mannucci's legendary victory in the 1972 Montecarlo Rally. The specific "Montecarlo" on sale is based on the 2nd series Fulvia Coupé, and it is equipped with a 1.3 90 HP engine. It was delivered to the Lancia dealership in Naples on 19 April 1973, and still has its original black registration plates.
Spidereuropa Pininfarina (1981)
Represents the final act of the 124 Sport Spider... one of the longest-lived Fiat cars built in the last century. Designed by Pininfarina in 1966 and produced until 1985, the 124 Sport Spider lived a double life between Europe and the United States - from 1975 it was produced only in the USA. It only returned to this side of the Atlantic in 1982, when Pininfarina decided to launch the Spidereuropa. This exemplar was one of the first, and only drove 10,000 kilometres: for its 105 horsepower two litre engine, hardly more than the distance needed to run it in!
Alfa Romeo SZ (1989)
The car was developed to return the Italian brand's technological brilliance to the large sports coupé sector. A car with immense personality, the Alfa SZ features bodywork made totally of synthetic materials, and was assembled by hand by Zagato on the chassis and mechanicals of the Alfa 75 3.0 V6. The rear-wheel drive uses the classic Alfa Romeo transaxle layout. It was produced only in the "Alfa Red" colour, in 1,000 numbered exemplars, sold originally at a price of over 100 million lire. The car bears the date 15 September 1989 (one of the very first), and hails from the circuit in Balocco, where it was used for testing and experiments. The difference between this and standard production cars gives it an almost prototypal status.
Lancia Appia Coupé (1959)
A car which took its place in the annals of Italian cinema as the car driven by Sylva Koscina in Luigi Zampa's film "The Traffic Policeman". This is a 2 + 2 coupé designed by Pininfarina and built on the chassis used by Lancia for its custom-built cars. Its outstanding characteristics include the finely styled interior and the two-tone bodywork which emphasises the elegance of the roof, defined by the distinctive V pillar. The car showcased in Paris was manufactured on April 16, 1959.
Jeep Brand becomes Title Sponsor of the Ligue Nationale de Basket
The French Pro A basketball championship will be renamed 'Jeep® ÉLITE'.
The new name will come into effect on the 21st day of the 2017/2018 season.
The partnership celebrates the common values of the Jeep brand and the sport of basketball.
Jeep® France has signed a three-year partnership agreement to become title sponsor of the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB) - the French basketball League. The partnership will see the French Pro A basketball championship renamed 'Jeep® ELITE' from the 21st match day of the current season on March 2.
Sponsorship of the prestigious championship, which spans 38 match days, will allow the Jeep brand to increase its visibility and showcase its SUV range to a wide audience.
The partnership celebrates two worlds coming together - basketball is a dynamic sport that perfectly embodies the values of freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion that belong to the Jeep DNA. It is also the first time that Jeep and LNB are joining forces in a naming strategy aimed at further expanding the popularity of the basketball championship and the visibility of the Jeep brand in France.
About the Jeep brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence. The Jeep vehicle line-up in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) consists of the Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Compass, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand in the region, all Jeep models sold are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
Established on June 27, 1987, Ligue Nationale de Basket organizes in France the two men's professional championships - first-tier Pro A and second-tier Pro B. All LNB events are major attractions: the Match des Champions, the All Star Game, the Disneyland Paris Leaders Cup LNB, the LNB Finals and the Trophée du Futur per gli espoirs are exciting sports events that draw crowds of spectators who enjoy the top game level of these basketball professionals.
Second team sport for number of members and first indoor team sports for number of spectators, basketball is very popular in France. LNB and its clubs attract over 1.7 million spectators a year.
Hinwil, 20th February 2018 – The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has launched its new challenger, the C37, ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 championship. challenger, the C37, ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 championship.
The C37 looks different to last year's C36 - on one hand, this is due to the new technical regulations, and on the other hand, because of the team's new technical approach.
As the 2018 season is about to kick off, Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal, says: "I am very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and to seeing Marcus (Ericsson) and Charles (Leclerc) on track. We have put lots of effort and hard work into the C37 over the last few months, and it is fantastic to be launching the new car today. I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the perfect driver line-up, with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie. Marcus is going into his fourth season with us. He is a valuable part of the team, and we benefit from his experience and precise technical feedback. As for Charles, he has proven his talent in prior categories and deserves to be on the Formula 1 grid this season."
"Our target ahead of 2018 is clear: We have to catch up with the field and continue improving our performance during the course of the season. We have put lots of energy and commitment into the development of the C37. I want to thank our partners and fans for their continuous support. The return of Alfa Romeo to Formula 1 sets another milestone in the team's history, and I am proud that such a historical brand has chosen us for their return to the sport. We are eager to start the 2018 season as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team," Vasseur continues.
Alfa Romeo's comeback restores one of the great names that have gone down in the history of motorsport's premium championship, Formula 1, and marks the return of the "Quadrifoglio", the legendary badge that has appeared on Alfa Romeo's top performance cars since 1923, to the circuits. Featured on the engine cover of the new C37, the famous good-luck charm has a fascinating history, deeply rooted in the racing world. The first Alfa Romeo car to carry the Quadrifoglio was the "RL" driven by Ugo Sivocci which won the 15th edition of the Targa Florio in 1923. The same good-luck emblem also appeared on Brilli Peri's "P2" when he triumphed in the first "Motor Racing World Championship" in Monza in 1925, gaining the first of Alfa Romeo's five World Titles, and it was present again in 1950 and 1951, when Giuseppe "Nino" Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio drove the Alfa Romeo 158 and 159 cars, the famous "Alfettas", to success in the first two Formula 1 World Championships. Today, the legendary symbol returns to the highest level of motor racing to show the whole world the continuing strength and success of the Alfa Romeo philosophy, a constant search for excellence applied to racing, then transferred in its entirety to the brand's production cars. The legend continues.
Jörg Zander, Technical Director, explains: "It is great to finally reveal the C37 today. The 2018 challenger is the result of the hard work that everyone in the factory has put in over the last few months. Speaking about the C37, the car philosophy is much different to that of the C36. The aerodynamic concept has changed significantly, and the C37 has several new features in comparison to its predecessor. We are positive that the new concept offers us more opportunities and will help us to make improvements during the course of the season. The 2018 Ferrari engine will also give us a boost in terms of our performance. We hope that we will make progress with the C37 and that we are more competitive compared to 2017."
The official rollout of the C37 will take place on the occasion of the first winter tests at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona from the 26th of February to the 1st of March 2018.
The landmark car is a bicolour Sicilia Orange with glossy black roof Fiat 500L Cross 1.6 MultiJet 120 HP.
Launched in 2012 and refreshed in 2017, the model has been firmly at the top of its segment in Europe for five years running and absolute leader in Italy and Spain.[/li]
As a whole since 2017, Fiat 500L has gained a market share of approximately 22 percent in Europe, having exceeded 52 percent in Italy. In January 2018, the sales in Europe were up 5 percent year-over-year.
Ideal for modern families, Fiat 500L embraces the 'Cool & Capable' concept by combining iconic 500 style and Made in Fiat design's functionality.
The 500,000th Fiat 500L rolled off the production line at the plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, today. The landmark car is a 500L Cross 1.6 MultiJet 120 HP in bicolour Sicilia Orange with glossy black roof. The new record confirms the success enjoyed by the model since its launch in 2012. Suffice it to say that the model has been firmly at the top of its segment in Europe for five years running and absolute leader in Italy and Spain. Then, considering 2017 as a whole, Fiat 500L gained a market share of approximately 22 percent in Europe having exceeded 52 percent in Italy. The new Cross and City Cross launched last year, which accentuated the crossover personality of the model, are contributing to these excellent results.
Sales for the first month of 2018 appear equally positive, in Europe, they were up 5 percent year-over-year, while in Italy the market share was more than 50 percent in its segment.
To reaffirm its market leadership, the Fiat 500L was refreshed in 2017 and is now even more spacious, more technological and more packed in personality. It is the ideal car for the multifarious needs of modern families and perfectly embraces the 'Cool & Capable' concept by combining iconic 500 style and Made in Fiat design functionality. Currently, the 500L range includes three versions, each with its own personality and specific equipment: the Cross with its crossover looks, 25 mm more ground clearance and new Mode Selector; the Urban, which is perfect for city living; and the Wagon, which is available with seven seats. The range is completed by the 500L City Cross, the urban crossover for exciting city adventures, and the new 500L Mirror special series with UconnectTM LINK technology, fitting the UconnectTM 7" HD LIVE touchscreen system, which is Apple CarPlay-ready and Android AutoTM compatible.
It is no chance that the new record was scored in the Kragujevac plant, which was completely renovated specifically for making the 500L and was opened in April 2012 following three years of intensive work and a billion Euro investment to upgrade the infrastructure, to renovate the buildings and the new production departments and to install state-of-the-art machinery and manufacturing systems. Today, Kragujevac is one of the most advanced FCA plants in the world.