Lancia Stratos Gr.4 Alitalia Stars in the FIA Hall of Fame
A new section dedicated to 17 world champions of rally racing, one of the most challenging and exciting motorsports disciplines, was opened in the FIA Hall of Fame created in 2017 to celebrate the history of Formula 1 yesterday in the headquarters of the International Automobile Federation in Place de la Concorde, Paris.
The event was attended by many personalities of these exciting races, including world champion Miki Biasion of the Lancia Racing Team, and a selection of winning cars from different eras of the World Rally Championship history were on show. One of the most admired was the extraordinary Lancia Stratos Gr.4 Alitalia (1974) that won the Portugal Rally in 1976 and came second in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1977. With the striking red-white-green livery of its sponsor Alitalia, the car belongs to the remarkable collection of FCA Heritage, the department of the Group dedicated to protecting and promoting the history of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth.
The legendary Lancia Stratos dominated rally races until the mid-1970s. Cesare Fiorio, the team manager of the day, pushed the boundaries of the regulations and coordinated the creation of the first car ever built with the sole aim of winning rallies. The two-seater coupé with its iconic wedge-shaped body created by Marcello Gandini for Bertone and is propelled by a six-cylinder, 2.4-litre Ferrari engine arranged behind the driver and co-driver to optimise weight.
Twenty-six out of a total of 500 official racing versions were made (firstly with a 12-valve head followed by a 24-valve version that delivered a peak power of 300 HP). The Stratos won such an extraordinary number of races to be dubbed the "ultimate rally weapon". Its many wins include the Monte Carlo Rally three years in a row, three Constructors' World Championship titles (from 1974 to 1976) and as many European Drivers' Championships, in addition to the FIA World Rally Driver's Cup with Sandro Munari in 1977.
Bremen Classic Motorshow: FCA Heritage will be taking part with a special Fiat 130 Familiare that belonged to Umberto Agnelli
The hand-crafted station wagon owned by Umberto Agnelli, brother of "L'Avvocato" Giovanni, will be on show. Four cars were made at the beginning of the 1970s.
The Bremen Classic Motorshow (February 1-3) is opening the classic car season in Germany again this year. A retrospective focused on estate cars, also known as station wagons, which are becoming increasingly important on the vintage scene, will be hosted during the show with a selection of mass-production cars, prototypes, style studies and one-offs.
FCA Heritage, the department of the Group dedicated to protecting and promoting the history of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth, will be taking part with the Fiat 130 Familiare that belonged to Umberto Agnelli, brother of "L'Avvocato" Giovanni and former president of Juventus and Fiat. The car designed by the Fiat Style Centre was hand-crafted in 1972 by the specialists of Officine Introzzi, located in Lipomo on Lake Como. It was based on the standard Fiat 130 saloon, which was the Italian brand's top model at the time. The car is powered by a V6 engine, which with a displacement of 3.2 litres delivers 165 HP.
As far as we know, Officine Introzzi made just four models of the Fiat 130 Familiare, all for the Agnelli family. The first one went to Giovanni Agnelli himself, who used the practical and elegant car mainly for his winter holidays in St. Moritz. His 130 Familiare, with metal grey paintwork and wood-effect inserts on the sides, is characterised by the wicker basket on the roof used to carry skis. The other three did not have these characteristic details but sported a two-tone livery instead. One had a metal red roof, one a green roof and the one on show in Bremen, which belongs to the FCA Heritage collection, has an elegant cream-coloured bodywork paired with a bronze-colour roof.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closed January with sales in Italy totaling nearly 39,800 vehicles and market share at 24.1%.
The Fiat Panda was the best-selling vehicle in Italy with a 46.3% A-segment share. It was followed by the Lancia Ypsilon in the overall ranking and the Fiat 500 in the A segment.[/b]
The Lancia Ypsilon was leader in the B segment and, with sales up 55.4% year-over-year, it achieved its highest market share since April 2016.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio was leader in its segment with a 13.4% share.
The Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass continued among the top three in their respective segments.
Pietro Gorlier, Chief Operating Officer for EMEA, commented: "With the market in decline, FCA continued to focus on retail sales, where we significantly outperformed the market with a 16% year-over-year increase. We are pleased to see the Fiat Panda, Lancia Ypsilon and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the lead in their respective segments."
In January, FCA sales in Italy totaled nearly 39,800 vehicles and market share was 24.1%.
FCA continued the strategy initiated in 2018 of focusing on the more profitable sales channels, such as retail, where FCA significantly outperformed the market with a 16% year-over-year increase.
Jeep posted January sales of 6,250 vehicles with market share at 3.8% for the month.
The brand also continued as leader in the off-road segment.
The Jeep Renegade was among the top three in its segment for the month with an 11.4% share, while the Jeep Compass was the second best-selling vehicle in its segment with an 11.1% share.
Alfa Romeo sales in January totaled nearly 2,500 vehicles and brand market share was 1.5%.
The Stelvio was leader in its segment once again in January with a 13.4% segment share.
Fiat brand posted January sales of 24,450 vehicles and market share was 14.8% for the month.
The Panda dominated the overall rankings with more than 14,500 vehicles sold and was also leader in the A segment with a 46.3% share. The 500X also ranked in the top ten and was among the leaders in its segment with a 13.1% share. Results were also positive for the Qubo (segment leader), the 500 (second in A segment behind the Panda) and the Tipo, 124 Spider and 500L, which all ranked among the top three in their segments.
Lancia closed the month with sales up 55.4% to 6,600 vehicles. Brand market share was up 1.6 percentage points over January 2018 to 4.0%. This was the brand's highest market share since April 2016, reflecting strong results for the Lancia Ypsilon which was leader in the B segment with a 17.0% share and second overall for the month (runner up to the Fiat Panda).
One of the most important European events dedicated to vintage vehicles will be taking place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, from February 6 to 10.
To celebrate Abarth's 70th anniversary, FCA Heritage exhibits a selection of classic cars that recount the Scorpion's partnership with FCA's other Italian brands.
An Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione (1955), a Fiat Nuova 500 with Abarth "Record" tuning (1958), an Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record Classe G (1965), a Lancia Rally 037 (1982) will be on show, in addition to an Alfa Romeo 8C Spider (2010) for sale in the scope of the "Reloaded by Creators" project.
They will be sharing the stand with the new Abarth 124 GT "70th Anniversary", representing the new range dedicated to this major milestone, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the car that represents the new paradigm of the brand.
FFCA Heritage - the department of the Group dedicated to protecting and promoting the history of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth - will be at Salon Rétromobile, one of the most important international events dedicated to collectable cars and motorcycles, again this year. At the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, from February 6 to 10, the prestigious French event will be the opportunity for the general public to join the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of Abarth, that FCA Heritage is marking by putting on show a selection of fine classic cars originating from the partnership between the brand with the scorpion badge and the other Italian brands that now part of the FCA Group.
Visitors will be able to admire three extraordinary cars, built in limited editions or even as one-offs, such as the Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione (1955), the Fiat Nuova 500 with Abarth "Record" tuning (1958) and the Lancia Rally 037 (1982). They will be joined by the Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record Classe G, specially restored for the occasion, in which Carlo Abarth personally set the one hundredth record of the brand which bears his name, as a further tribute to this genius driver and entrepreneur. Finally, the line-up for the French exhibition will be completed by an Alfa Romeo 8C Spider (2010), a limited-edition model created by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre of which just 500 were made. The car is for sale by FCA Heritage with an Alfa Romeo Classiche Certificate of Authenticity in the scope of the "Reloaded by Creators" project.
These priceless rarities will be joined by the new Abarth 124 GT "70th Anniversary" created to celebrate the important milestone and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the perfect blend of the new Alfa Romeo paradigm and ultimate expression of "Meccanica delle Emozioni" concept.
Seventy years of Abarth
The selection of cars exhibited by FCA Heritage thus celebrates the major Abarth anniversary by telling the thrilling story of the Scorpion's synergies with the FCA's other Italian brands: a long series of successful joint projects, which consolidated Abarth's legendary status as a top name in international motorsports. It all began in the post-war years, when the longing for a fresh start and the increasing availability of industrial technologies found fertile ground for new experimentation in the automotive industry. It was against this backdrop, in 1949, that Karl Abarth founded the racing team that carried his name, with his sign of the zodiac in its logo. A business that focused exclusively on building cars with a racing soul, and later also mechanical components for tuning models built by other constructors. As early as the Fifties, Abarth was already getting to work on Fiat cars, creating the legendary tuned versions capable of breaking every kind of record on the circuits. During the same years, he developed conversion kits for standard production cars for Alfa Romeo, and turned his attention to extreme experimentation, building one-off prototypes. His permanent association with Lancia consolidated in the late Seventies and led to fifteen years of extraordinary racing successes in the world rally and endurance championships.
Fiat Nuova 500 with Abarth "Record" tuning (1958)
In 1957, Karl Abarth decided to boost the image of the Fiat Nuova 500, a small car with performance ratings that were a far cry from those of a racing car. Its tiny two-cylinder engine was considered too small and not powerful enough to achieve worthwhile racing results. Abarth decided to demonstrate the car's quality by transforming it into a record-breaker. His tuned 500, with an engine producing 26 HP, generating a top speed of 118 km, ran for 168 consecutive hours on the Monza circuit and collected 6 international records. Important achievements like these were crucial in reasserting the success of the Nuova 500, making it one of the most famous cars ever produced.
The car on display - the very one used at Monza - is also the first ever Fiat 500 tuned by Abarth, and has been restored to its original configuration after meticulous restoration work. This car has inestimable history value and is a genuine milestone in the history of the Abarth brand and of motoring itself.
Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record Classe G (1965)
The FIA had introduced new records over very short distances in 1964 and many years after his last race as a driver, at 57 years of age Karl Abarth decided to attempt to break the Class G standing-start quarter-mile record on the Monza circuit.
The temptation to make a personal contribution to the history of the Brand which bears his name by setting the one hundredth record in person was irresistible, so Abarth put himself on a strict diet (it is said he only ate apples) and lost the 30 kg he needed to get into the cockpit and race without weighing down the car too much.
In October 1965, the Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record Classe G, powered by the one-litre twin cam engine, broke the standing start quarter-mile and 500 metre records, beating its powerful rivals BMW and Porsche.
The single-seater which the constructor-driver drove for this feat was derived from the Formula 2 car built the previous year, with improvements to its aerodynamics (front and windscreen) and powerplant: the Classe G had a 982 cc engine, tuned with two Weber 40 carburettors, and two overhead camshafts.
Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione (1955)
The story of the partnership between Karl Abarth and Alfa Romeo for the creation of the 750 Competizione - its code name derives from the name of the Giulietta project - was kept secret for a long time. The project originated with the aim of coming up with a Sport category car based on the Giulietta, to be used by Alfa Romeo to return to racing after its retirement following its 1951 championship victory.
Karl Abarth, who had always admired Alfa Romeo engines, had already supplied the Arese firm with tuning kits for some production cars, and was eager to become involved in the project. He therefore accepted the challenge with enthusiasm, and built a chassis similar to that of the 207/A, while entrusting the bodywork to the style and skilful craftsmanship of Mario Boano.
The car he created had a light alloy twin cam 4-cylinder engine with displacement boosted to 1488 cc and "twin spark".
Although the car was successfully tested and revealed good dynamic qualities, the project was abandoned because Alfa decided against a return to racing. The 750 Competizione on display is therefore a one-off, with a very different look from the other Alfa Romeo cars of the period.
The partnership between Abarth and Lancia - previously limited to the production of a few aftermarket accessories to boost the engine and suspensions of the Aurelia B20, created by Abarth in the mid Fifties - was consolidated after Fiat acquired the Scorpion brand and Abarth became part of the company's racing department, at the service of all the Group's brands. It was thanks to this partnership, reflected by the Abarth SE037 product code, that the Eighties saw the start of the magnificent story of the Lancia Rally.
With its perfect combination of bodywork styled by Pininfarina and mechanicals developed by Abarth, the car was conceived to replace the famous but ageing Fiat 131 Abarth Rally in international rallying. Based on the central cell of the Lancia Beta Montecarlo and equipped with a Fiat 2 litre, 16 valve twin cam engine, the 037 street-legal version (the car displayed is one of the 200 made to obtain Group B type approval) produced 205 HP. It had a top speed in excess of 220 km/h and went from 0 to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds.
The racing version debuted at the Costa Smeralda Rally in April in 1982 and competed officially in the 1983 season, dominating the world championship from the very first race (the Monte Carlo Rally won by Walter Röhrl). That year, in spite of the fierce competition from the new four-wheel drive Audi Quattro, the Lancia Rally Gr. B won the World, European and Italian Championships driven by the then twenty-five-year-old Miki Biasion.
Alfa Romeo 8C Spider (2010)
Launched in 2008 and derived from the 2006 Alfa 8C Competizione, the fascinating Alfa 8C Spider is a limited edition of which just 500 were built. Made by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the convertible super car confirmed the excellence of the brand in this body type, following in the steps of some of the most beautiful spiders in the motoring history, like the 1950s Giulietta Spider or the legendary Duetto Spider made famous in 1967 by the film "The Graduate" starring a young Dustin Hoffman. On the outside, the Alfa 8C Spider stands out for the sculpted surfaces that perfectly encase the engineering and mechanical excellence of Alfa Romeo with a slender line that expresses all the beauty of a veritable work of art in motion that harks back to the glorious past of the brand while also actualising its values of technology and emotion into the future. The peculiarity of the car was its retractable top, equipped with an electro-hydraulic system for automated actuation. More in detail, the top is characterised by a fabric made with two overlapping materials. The outer fabric is multi-layered with high resistance to atmospheric agents, while the inner fabric has high-capacity soundproofing for the passenger compartment.
The car is equipped with a powerful 4.7-litre 8-cylinder engine that develops 450 HP, paired with a 6-speed robotic gearbox. In the best Alfa Romeo tradition, the 8C Spider has a transaxle layout which ensures the best weight balance and distribution. The engine is located in a retracted position while the gearbox is arranged at the rear in a block with the differential and with hydraulic actuator.
FCA reports record full year results, including Magneti Marelli: Adjusted EBIT at €7.3 billion, with NAFTA margin up 70 bps to 8.6%; Adjusted Net Profit up 34% to €5.0 billion; Net Profit up 3% to €3.6 billion. Net industrial cash improved to €1.9 billion.
Worldwide combined shipments(2) of 4,842 thousand units, up 102 thousand units
Net revenues(1) of €115.4 billion, up 4% (up 9% at constant exchange rates, or CER), with higher shipments, positive pricing and favorable mix
Adjusted EBIT(1),(3) of €7.3 billion, up 3% (up 9% at CER), with margin down 10 bps to 6.3%
Adjusted net profit(1),(3) of €5.0 billion, up 34% (up 41% at CER); Net profit of €3.6 billion, up 3% (up 12% at CER)
Net industrial cash(3) of €1.9 billion, improved from Net industrial debt position of €2.4 billion at December 2017
In Q4 2018, Fitch raised FCA's long-term debt to Investment Grade from"BB" to "BBB-". Outlook confirmed as stable
Settled U.S. government and consumer civil diesel emissions claims in line with Q3 2018 provision
Magneti Marelli sale transaction on track to close in Q2 2019
The following Group results(1) include Magneti Marelli for comparability with previously provided guidance
FY 2018 Adjusted EBIT excludes adjustments primarily related to:
A. Costs related to final settlements reached on civil, environmental and consumer claims related to U.S. diesel emissions matters
B. Impairment expense of €297 million and supplier obligations of €56 million, primarily in EMEA, resulting from changes in product plans in connection with the 2018 - 2022 Business Plan
Impairment of inventory in connection with acceleration of new emissions standards in China and slower than expected sales
C. Accrual in relation to costs for recall campaigns related to Takata airbag inflators, net of recovery
E. Special bonus payment of $2,000 to approximately 60,000 employees in NAFTA as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
F. Restructuring costs primarily consisting of €123 million in EMEA, partially offset by reversal of €28 million of previously recorded restructuring costs in LATAM
G. Charges arising on settlement of a portion of a supplemental retirement plan and an annuity buyout in NAFTA
H. Costs in relation to the Port of Savona (Italy) flood and fire
I. Recovery of amounts accrued in 2016 in relation to costs for recall contested with a supplier
J. Reduction of costs in relation to the NAFTA capacity realignment which were accrued in 2015
K. Credits recognized related to indirect taxes in Brazil
New Fiorino Wins the “Volant d'or” Award in Tunisia
The award ceremony of the first edition of the "Volant d'or" competition organised by the specialist magazine "Tunisie Auto" took place on 30 January. It awarded the best brands of cars and commercial vehicles sold in Tunisia in terms of official performance ratings and customer satisfaction through online surveys involving some 6,000 readers.
The coveted award for "Best-selling compact commercial vehicle in Tunisia in 2018" went to the New Fiorino, the evolution of the model that invented the small van segment of which nearly 480,000 have been sold since its launch in 2007. Last year, the Italian vehicle recorded a 57% increase in sales in Africa, consolidating a steady growth trend from 2015 to 2018. In particular, in 2018, more than 630 vehicles were registered in Tunisia, leading the way in increasingly competitive and qualified competition.
With a design refreshed inside and out two years ago, the compact dimensions of the New Fiorino make it perfect for use in cities, agile in traffic and easy to park. Despite this, it has a remarkable loading capacity of up to 2.8 m3 and can carry up to 660 kilograms of payload. Furthermore, it is top-in-class in terms of performance, low running costs, comfort and functionality. The engine line-up - all Euro 6 for Eu28 and Euro 4 for Africa - can satisfy all needs.
According to the specific markets, the range of the Fiat Professional vehicle counts two configurations (Cargo and Combi), three trim levels (Base, SX and Adventure) and three engine versions (petrol, petrol/methane and diesel). The engine line-up is equally broad and well-balanced, featuring two turbo diesel 1.3 MultiJet2 engines with 80 and 95 HP, a 1.4-litre aspirated petrol Fire with 77 HP and the 1.4-litre bi-fuel petrol and methane Natural Power with 70 HP, a solution that only the new Fiorino has in the small van segment.