Panda Raid 2018: Unstoppable Fiat Panda conquers the desert
3,000 kilometres, seven stages and 400 teams from all over the world: just some of the record-breaking figures of the tenth edition of the Panda Raid, the regular competition open only to classic Panda cars.
From Madrid to Lake Mohammed V, before tackling rough tracks and sandy expanses, desert scenes and landscapes with endless horizons, finishing in legendary Marrakesh.
An amazing journey, on board an automotive icon born in 1980, with toughness, handling and convenience that still delight even today.
Together with the old Panda cars, there was a new Fiat Panda Cross 4x4: a symbolic handshake between the unstoppable desert explorer and the undisputed queen of Europe's metropolises.
The natural heir of the mythical Panda 4x4, launched 35 years ago, today's Panda Cross 4x4 has all the exclusive character of high-end SUVs, all in just 3,7 meters.
Last Sunday saw the end of the Panda Raid 2018, the exciting regular competition open only to Fiat Panda models built before 2003. Featuring both 4x2 and 4x4 versions, the event left Madrid on 3 March, reaching Marrakesh on 10 March after taking on the Moroccan desert. The route covered a total of 3,000 kilometres, taking in sun-baked villages and sandy trails, crossing harsh terrains which would have been a tough challenge even for larger SUVs.
Now an established part of the Rally Raid calendar - which also includes the iconic Dakar - in spite of its amateur spirit, it was the 10th instalment of the Panda Raid and attracted a record entry of 400 historic Panda cars from all four corners of the Earth: from Argentina to Cambodia and from Pennsylvania to Italy.
Starting from Madrid, the colourful caravan first headed for the coast, to the port of Motril, from where, after a short ferry crossing, it travelled to Lake Mohammed V (4 March). From here, the expedition faced sandy lands and trails, desert areas and landscapes with an endless horizon, with stops in Bni Tadjide (5 March), Errachidia (6 March), Merzouga (8 March) and Tansikht (9 March). The final stage was on 10 March, finishing in legendary Marrakesh.
An amazing journey - which has been providing a magical combination of adventure, nature and pristine landscapes for 10 years - on board an automotive icon, with a total of more than 7.5 million cars built from 1980 to the present, which still delights even today with its toughness, handling and convenience. Alongside the 400 classic Panda cars in the race was a new Fiat Panda Cross 4x4, which covered the entire course. A symbolic handshake between past and present of the model that was one of the best seller vehicles in its segment in Europe for 15 years. In other words, the undisputed queen of Europe's cities proved once again that it is equally at ease amongst the desert dunes.
The natural heir of the mythical Panda 4x4, launched 35 years ago, today's Panda Cross 4x4 has all the exclusive character of high-end SUVs, all in just 3,7 meters. The secret of its success is its unique combination of the traction system of a genuine off-road vehicle, the performance and contents of an SUV, with the external dimensions, efficiency and agility of a city car. Panda Cross 4x4 is a "crossover" because it can overcome any obstacle - thanks to the 4WD and Electronic Differential Lock it was the first to introduce to the market - and also because it attracts a wide variety of customers, offering them all the right answer to their mobility needs.
Moreover, the amazing success of "Panda Raid 2018" is just another of many records. For example, as well as being the first city-car with 4WD (1983), the Panda was also the first car in its segment to receive the coveted "Car of the Year" title (2004), and in the same year, it was also the first city-car to climb to an altitude of 5,200 metres, at the Everest base camp. And the long series of records continued in 2006 when Fiat Panda became the first natural gas fuelled city car to be produced on a large scale. And today it is the only car in its segment to offer four engine versions (petrol, diesel, petrol/natural gas and petrol/LPG), three configurations (Urban look, City Cross and 4x4), two traction systems (front and all-wheel) and two transmissions (manual and Dualogic robotised).
Abarth is Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier to the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team for the fourth year in succession
The association between Abarth and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team continues: the Scorpion Brand partners the team competing in the FIM 2018 MotoGP World Championship
This year the front of the fairing of the two Yamaha YZR-M1 2018 bikes again carries the Scorpion logo, synonymous with racing and the symbol of a legacy of victories and passions that gave birth to one of the great phenomena of modern motor sports. The partnership between Abarth and Yamaha is founded on shared values such as a passion for sport, supreme performance and challenges and the drive to excel in motorsports. On 18 March Losail will host the first of the 19 events in the championship, which will end in Valencia (Spain) on 18 November.
Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat and Abarth Brand, expresses his pride in Abarth's partnership and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team as follows: "For all of us, this relationships means a great deal more than any ordinary sponsorship. For Abarth and Yamaha, races are important to gain experience to be transferred to standard production, for ever-finer engineering and excellent quality. What's more, our two brands highly value teamwork and passion, both central to sport but also fundamental in everyday life and work. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team's many successes over these years underline the strength of this partnership."
Abarth and Yamaha are brought together by a shared continual striving for leading-edge performances and technological innovation, which extends beyond the world of racing and circuits, and has given us thrilling cars such as the Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition and the breath-taking Abarth 695 biposto Yamaha Factory Racing Edition, with a 190 HP engine and a special dark blue and white livery. The latest in the series is the limited edition Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha, which shares some stylistic details, highlighted by lavish use of carbon fibre components, with the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth, a lightweight, high-performance café racer, the first motorcycle to originate from the partnership between the two brands.
The Abarth range continues to expand: its offering of exclusive sporty products has lately been extended with the new Abarth 124 GT, presented at the recent Geneva International Motor Show. The Abarth 124 GT is a new special series with a dual personality, capable of delivering the thrills of a genuine roadster with all the style of a coupé, thanks to the new safe, lightweight, high-tech carbon fibre hardtop, the only one of its kind on the automotive market. The new carbon hardtop weighs just 16 kg and helps to improve the car's overall torsional rigidity and compactness, as well as providing thermal and sound insulation and better rear visibility.
Keeping the brand's tradition very much alive, the Abarth 124 GT makes the ordinary extraordinary, with all the dynamism and driving pleasure of the cars developed by the Abarth Racing Team. The new special series is equipped with a powerful, reliable four cylinder Multi Air 1.4 litre turbo engine, producing 170 HP and 250 Nm of torque, for a top speed of 232 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. It is available with a six-speed manual or automatic Sports Sequential Esseesse gearbox. Its standard outfit also comprises the Monza Record exhaust with dual mode system, and amazingly lightweight 17" OZ alloy wheels, weighing about 3 kilograms less than the standard type.
Jeep® and Mopar Brands Unveil Seven Concept Vehicles for 52nd Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Jeep® 4SPEED: a lightweight follow-up to two previous concepts
Jeep Sandstorm: a Baja runner built for high-speed desert blitzing
Jeep B-Ute: designed to be off-road ready with practical utility
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip: luxury heritage design, rich in history and capable of tackling any terrain
Nacho Jeep: a rolling catalog of Jeep Performance Parts available for the all-new Wrangler
Jeep Jeepster: a mixture of the present and possible with heritage-inspired styling
Jeep J-Wagon: elite street appeal united with extreme off-road capability
Vehicles showcase a variety of Jeep Performance Parts available to enthusiasts
The Jeep® and Mopar brands have once again joined forces to create seven new, custom-built concept vehicles for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, March 24 - April 1. For the 52nd year, thousands of off-road enthusiasts will head to Moab for the annual Jeep event to participate in a week of technical off-roading on some of the most picturesque trails that the country has to offer.
"Pushing the limit is something the Jeep brand is no stranger to and these seven new, exciting and capable concept vehicles are the latest example of that," said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA. "Every year, we look forward to introducing new concept vehicles and ideas to our enthusiasts. The Moab Easter Jeep Safari presents a unique and perfect opportunity to collect valuable insight from our most loyal customers."
A comprehensive assortment of production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts are featured on this year's concept vehicles. The Mopar brand develops all Jeep Performance Parts with rigorous specifications and legendary 4x4 capability in mind. This allows Jeep owners to further enhance their stock vehicles with confidence. Mopar already has more than 200 parts available for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
"When it comes to customization, no vehicle can match the Jeep Wrangler," said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. "This is why we worked very closely with the Jeep brand to develop an exclusive line of more than 200 parts and accessories to enhance - even more - Jeep Wrangler's off-road capability to fit any customer's lifestyle. Almost all Wrangler vehicles sold are fitted with at least one Mopar accessory, and you see this perfect combination between vehicle and accessories come to life every year at the Easter Jeep Safari."
The 2018 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles include:
Light, quick and nimble, the Jeep 4SPEED concept is the latest in a line of lightweight Easter Jeep Safari concepts. Built "4SPEED," this latest lightweight concept, following the popular Pork Chop concept in 2011 and Stitch concept in 2013, bolsters Wrangler's off-road capability and performance through extensive weight savings, and showcases the all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine.
On the exterior, the Jeep 4SPEED concept features custom weight saving measures including a carbon fiber hood, high-clearance carbon fiber fender flares and a carbon fiber rear tub with perforated aluminum panels. The 4SPEED concept boasts a sleek side profile courtesy of a raked windshield, elongated door openings and an aggressively swept back custom cage. The rear of the concept utilizes custom, lightweight bodywork, and because of the combined weight savings, 4SPEED's ride height is two inches higher than a stock Wrangler.
In addition to being lightweight, overall length has been shortened by 22 inches while leaving the wheelbase at its stock length, resulting in increased approach and departure angles.
For even more capability, Jeep 4SPEED features Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10 gear ratio and 18-inch lightweight monoblock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
The interior features a customized instrument panel, and re-trimmed front seats, while the rear seats have been removed and a welding curtain that has been repurposed as a bikini top. The floor has been bedlined and the foot wells have been replaced with perforated aluminum panels.
The Jeep 4SPEED is powered by a 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep B-Ute concept is equipped with a variety of Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate off-road adventure.
The Jeep B-Ute's exterior features unique front and rear fascias and upper grille area, a hood with heat extractors, and wider flares.
Jeep Performance Parts featured on the B-Ute concept include a 1.5-inch lift kit, a roof rack and rock rails. The Jeep B-Ute's off-road capabilities are increased by using 17-inch wheels with a 30-millimeter offset, wrapped in BF Goodrich T/A Baja Champion tires.
Inside, the B-Ute features custom trimmed seats with Mineral inserts, a Carbonite finish on the shifter, speaker and vent surrounds, Piano Black inserts, a MOLLE system on the back of the front seats, and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
The Jeep B-Ute is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
The Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip stirs up nostalgic memories of going to Yellowstone National Park on a summer family vacation. This particular Wagoneer retains its heritage and charm as it continues to utilize its original steel body, while the chassis and drivetrain have been updated.
The wheelbase has been stretched an additional five inches, and the body has been updated to accept the additional length, a wider track and custom fender flares. Other subtle exterior styling tweaks include reshaped wheel wells, bumpers and integrated rock rails. A razor grille freshens the look up front, while Bottle Green architectural glass replaces the original pieces.
The Wagoneer's off-road capability has been bolstered courtesy of a boxed and reinforced frame, Dana 44 front and rear axles with lockers, four-link suspension with coilover springs, and 17-inch steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tires.
Inside, the Wagoneer features original front and rear bench seats, door panels, kick and rear panels, all trimmed in Oxblood-colored leather. A wicker headliner gives the Wagoneer an open, lighter feel and the floor has been bedlined. Additional interior details include a custom cooler fashioned from period-correct luggage, and a tool box created from the valve cover of this Wagoneer's original 230 Tornado OHC-6 engine.
Known as the original luxury 4x4, this 1965 Jeep Wagoneer is rich with heritage and is built to scale the trails of Moab or cruise the vast highways of the western states. Built from 1963 to 1991, the Wagoneer was the first four-wheel-drive vehicle mated to an automatic transmission, pioneering the first modern SUV. The classic Jeep Wagoneer is a beloved icon and continues to enjoy a robust following of enthusiasts worldwide.
The Jeep Wagoneer heritage vehicle is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Nacho Jeep serves as a rolling catalog loaded with selections from the Mopar brand's Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) menu, offering a blueprint off-roaders can follow to create their own custom trail vehicle.
Before a single part or accessory is added, this 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon already stands out thanks to the rare Nacho yellow color. Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Nacho concept include a brawny hood that is accented with the standard black hood graphic featuring the all-new JPP badge, which is engineered to accommodate a cold-air intake that feeds the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine. The satin black Mopar grille adds contrast to the Nacho exterior, and the sturdy steel Rubicon bumper offers off-road protection and functionality, and includes a Warn Winch kit.
Superior trail visibility, inspired by the Jeep Luminator concept vehicle shown at Moab in 2017, is delivered by A-pillar and brush guard-mounted LED lights from the Automotive Lighting division of Magneti Marelli, that mount via JPP brackets. Automotive Lighting LED header lights seal to the windshield for extra forward illumination, and a rear off-road scouting light uses four-color LEDs to communicate trail conditions: stop (red), 1-3 miles per hour (amber), 3-25 mph (green) and a rear flood light (white).
A 2-inch lift kit elevates the Nacho concept for increased off-road clearance and includes new 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks. Oversized 37-inch tires wrap around 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, and a satin-carbon finish on the wheels is the sole conceptual touch on the Nacho concept. The beadlock trim rings are finished in high-gloss back and secured with cadmium-plated bolts. Other Jeep Performance Parts include rock rails that are thicker and wider to protect the exterior and carry a grippier coating similar to that used on Ram Truck bedliners, 2-inch-round tube doors, and grab handles embossed with the iconic Jeep grille logo to assist in vehicle ingress.
The spare tire tailgate hinge reinforcement provides a rock-solid foundation for a spare tire carrier that mounts to the tailgate with strength enough to handle 37-inch tires. A JPP fuel door in black finish completes the exterior.
Off-road performance is achieved without sacrificing premium interior appointments. Black Katzkin leather seats are dressed up with the Jeep grille logo embroidered in light tungsten stitching on seatbacks, and light tungsten accent stitching on the seat bolsters.
Available Jeep Performance Parts concept modifications combine to bring to life the Jeep Jeepster concept. Based on a Wrangler Rubicon, this concept evokes the color palette and speedy styling of the 1966 Jeepster.
The original's classic two-tone graphic theme is mirrored on its modern-day counterpart with a Firecracker Red body, set off by a Bright White concept hardtop, chopped by two inches, and a Bright White custom windshield raked back 2.5 degrees to create a cropped, compact appearance. The customized windshield maintains the all-new Wrangler's convenient fold-down feature. Bright White also accents the perimeter of the Rubicon fender flares, and an upper portion of the concept half doors. Jeep badging is replaced with a tri-color Jeepster hard badge.
The Jeepster deftly balances concept possibilities with a range of presently available Jeep Performance Parts, including a JPP hood and graphic, without the optional cold-air intake or snorkel. LED off-road lights in 5- and 7-inch applications illuminate the trail for the Jeepster, shining bright at up to 8,000 lumens. The LED lights are mounted to the A-pillar via light brackets. The Rubicon steel bumper features premium production LED fog lamps.
A 2-inch lift kit and 2.5-inch diameter aluminum body shocks work with oversized, 37-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires to raise the Jeepster above off-road obstacles. Beadlock-capable 17-inch wheels are accented by body-color matching Firecracker Red beadlock trim rings. Additional items from the JPP portfolio include a black fuel door, grab handles and all-weather floor mats.
Inside the Jeepster, a concept tubular roll cage replaces the sport bar and an additional 38-inch tire is secured with a custom in-cabin spare tire carrier. The interior meshes off-road functionality with premium features, including black Katzkin leather seats with Rubicon Red Jeep grille logos embroidered on the seatbacks, and Rubicon Red accent stitching on the seat bolsters. The instrument panel inserts are Firecracker Red to tie in with the exterior.
Relocation of the spare tire to the cabin provides an opportunity for another custom touch: concept storage packs mounted to the tailgate for transport of gear and supplies such as food, water and tools. The packs feature a split design to accommodate the rearview camera. A concept rock step - a unique combination of a rock rail/side step - completes the Jeepster.
The Jeep J-Wagon concept is personalized with Jeep Performance Parts to create a premium-styled vehicle equally at home on the trails and urban cityscapes.
Starting as a Wrangler Sahara, the J-Wagon is painted a conceptual Warm Neutral Grey with warm-tinted glass, and complemented with subtle Brass Monkey touches throughout the exterior. The J-Wagon features a version of the JPP hood designed with a cutout kit to work with the available snorkel, an appropriate choice for the sealed-cabin style of the vehicle. The hood latch is Brass Monkey and further embellished with a black Willys logo.
For hardcore off-roaders, new 5-inch LED lights mount with JPP brackets to deliver commercial and military grade illumination. That trail detail is balanced with the street-appeal of a Mopar black grille pulled from a Wrangler Rubicon, and features body-color matching bezel trim. The premium Sahara bumper aligns with the vehicle's color pattern via Brass Monkey fog lamp bezels. The J-Wagon concept also features 17-inch slot-design wheels that are also finished in Brass Monkey, a treatment chosen after receiving positive feedback in a sneak peek at the 2017 SEMA Show.
Black metal concept rock slider guard the J-Wagon's exterior, and a matching black metal concept JPP roof rack offers utility and functionality to fit any lifestyle. A black JPP fuel door and Orange Crush accents on the Jeep badge and tow hooks add style points. A spare 35-inch KM3 BF Goodrich tire mounts to the spare tire tailgate hinge reinforcement, and includes the JPP Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL) light relocation kit.
Premium appointments are the story inside. Camel-color Katzkin leather seats give an elite feel and feature stark brown piping and plow-through inserts that mimic the triangulated grille design of the concept rock rails. Eye-level Brass Monkey trim and bezel accents on the HVAC vents, door handles and steering wheel harmonize the interior with the exterior.
FCA Heritage and Alfa Romeo are backing the Japanese Concours d'Elegance, which will be held from March 29 to April 3 at the Nijō Castle, with two masterpieces of the past and the present - a 1900 C52 Coupé, popularly known as the "Disco Volante", and the modern Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Nijō Castle, the 17th century Unesco world heritage site in Kyoto, will be hosting a Concours d'Elegance that will bring together some of the most prestigious and emblematic classic cars, from March 29 to April 3. Naturally, FCA Heritage, the department created to protect and promote the history of the Italian brands of the FCA Group, could not miss the appointment. FCA Heritage together with Alfa Romeo are actively backing the event created on the initiative of artist Hidemoto Kimura which aims at repeating the remarkable success of the first edition held in 2016. So, FCA Heritage will be present with a masterpiece of the past which is usually kept in the Alfa Romeo Museum - dubbed the "Time Machine", playing on the Italian word that means both machine and car - in Arese (MI). It is the 1900 C52 Coupé, popularly known as the "Disco Volante" which will be displayed hors concours as guest of honour in the exhibition dedicated to Carrozzeria Touring. The Giulia Quadrifoglio, the car which embodies the new paradigm of Alfa Romeo, made of thrilling performance and exclusivity, will be by its side to reassert the indissoluble special link that ties a great history and a bright future.
Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 Coupé "Disco Volante"
The "Disco Volante", made between 1952 and 1953, was designed by Gioacchino Colombo and based on the 1900 Sprint, from which some components were carried over. Unlike the normal production car - built with a monocoque body shell chassis - the "Disco Volante" was based on a tubular trellis chassis. The 1997 cm3 twin shaft engine was entirely re-designed with a light alloy crankcase and head, two overhead camshafts and single fuel supply. Delivering a power of 158 HP, this extraordinary car reached a top speed of over 220 km/h.
The body of the "Disco Volante" deserves a special mention. Made by Touring, it combines aerodynamic research with the essentially American trend that saw car design taking inspiration from the world of flight. The car has original bulging wings over the wheels which seamlessly join with the streamline low-slung line, making it look like a sort of spaceship, hence its name. Only five were made in total, namely a Spider, a Coupé, a slimmer "fianchi stretti" (narrow side) version with wings closer to the wheels, and two Spiders with 6C 3000 mechanics.
Created by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the exciting Giulia is a new expression of the best Italian tradition that combines harmonic proportions, linearity of style, high quality materials and sophisticated aluminium, wood and leather accents. All embellished by iconic elements originating in brand's over one-hundred-year history, the most significant of which is the trefoil, arguably the most famous emblem of Alfa Romeo design.
The Quadrifoglio version fits a powerful V6 2.9-litre petrol engine capable of delivering 510 HP paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission on the car on show to secure genuinely breath-taking performance - top speed of 307 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and 600 Nm of peak torque. Despite this extraordinary performance, Giulia Quadrifoglio is eco-friendly, too. It is first in class in terms of CO2 emissions with 189 g/km.
To obtain an excellent weight-to-power ratio (remarkably lower than 3), the new Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance and ample use of ultralight materials throughout. For example, carbon fibre was chosen for the propeller shaft, the bonnet and the roof and aluminium was picked for the engine, the brakes, the suspension (including front domes and front and rear frames), in addition to many other body components, such as the doors and the wings. Furthermore, the rear crossmember is made of aluminium composite and plastic. To reduce the total weight, the braking system was tweaked using aluminium elements and carbon ceramic discs and the seats have a carbon fibre structural frame. Despite all this weight optimisation, the car boasts the best torsional rigidity in its class to guarantee quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in the toughest conditions.
The most important annual event for the Jeep® Owners Group (JOG) and Jeep enthusiasts will take place from July 13 to 15 in the heart of Styria (Austria).
Three days for living exciting adventures in pure, authentic Jeep style.
The new Wrangler - the direct descendant of the first Jeep vehicle - will be the star of the event and available for testing on challenging off-road courses.
Link to register and the full programme of the event are available at
and on official Jeep social media channels.
Camp Jeep® 2018 - the biggest and most exciting event of the year for the Jeep Owners Group (JOG) and fans of the brand from across Europe - will be held in the Spielberg Arena at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on July 13-15.
The stunning location will provide a fitting backdrop for the exciting annual get-together, which will feature an action-packed programme of Jeep thrills and adventures. And the undisputed star of this year's event will be the new Jeep Wrangler.
Camp Jeep visitors will be able to put the new model's off-road capability to the test around a series of specially designed courses, and experience first-hand how its on-road manners and improved driving dynamics make it an ideal vehicle for everyday use.
The link to register and the complete programme of Camp Jeep 2018 are available at
and on Jeep's official social media channels:
The fourth generation of the iconic Wrangler is the most capable off-road ever, thanks to a suite of new technology which, depending on the trim level, includes two advanced four-wheel drive, active, on-demand full-time systems - Command-Trac and Rock Trac - plus Tru-Lock electric front and rear axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited slip differential and electronic front sway-bar disconnect.
In addition to Wrangler test drives, those attending the fifth edition of Camp Jeep will experience a packed programme that also includes the chance to drive the extraordinary 700 hp 6.2-litre V8 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk - the most powerful and fastest Jeep model ever - on the race track.
They will also be able to test other models in the Jeep line-up and put their own off-road skills to the test alongside expert Jeep Academy drivers in the technical area, learning some extreme tricks along the way.
The incredible Jeep Jamboree-style atmosphere will be further enhanced with an array of shows, live music, barbecues and activities for children. And everything follows the same winning formula as the stars-and-stripes tradition of 4x4 gatherings that take place across the US, from California and Maine to Arizona and Tennessee, each year. More than 30 such gatherings of the Jeep family now take place across the States each year, with the first having been held in 1953 on the legendary Rubicon Trail on the mountains between California and Nevada.
Abarth 124 and Abarth 595 win success in Germany; the Scorpion's design and sporty prowess receive Auto Bild awards
Readers of motoring magazine Auto Bild have proclaimed Abarth best brand for Design in the "Very small car" and "Convertible up to 50,000 Euro" categories
Abarth's design has won over Auto Bild readers, who assigned victory to the Scorpion brand in the Design category in the "Very small car" and "Convertible up to 50,000 Euro" classes in the magazine's "Best brands of 2017/2018" competition.
The magazine's readers also showed their appreciation of Abarth's sporty prowess, by placing its sports car models in the top three in the "Sports Car" and "Sports Engines" category.
The brand won outstanding first place in the "Convertible up to 50,000 Euro" category with the irresistible Abarth 124 spider, the exclusive automotive expression of the Italian flair for life, with two-layer top which can be opened/closed in a few seconds, from the driving seat, with just one hand. What's more, the range has recently been extended with the Abarth 124 GT special series, featuring a new high-tech, lightweight, safe hardtop which is the only one in the market made completely from carbon fibre. There were also prizes for the Abarth 595C and Abarth 695C convertible versions, both with fabric soft-top.
In the "Very small car" category, victory went to the Abarth 595 and Abarth 695 sedans, two models with many city car characteristics but super car performance, both on the road and on the circuit, confirming the brand's key values - unbeatable performance, craftsman-like care over and constant technical updating - which have always guided the work of Abarth designers, engineers and technicians.
Held for the seventh time, the competition involved a total of 70,000 participants - including the printed and online editions - who cast their votes on the basis of their purchasing choices in the cars, accessories, parts and services sectors. The cars under consideration included 38 major brands in 14 model classes, from very small cars by way of convertibles through to SUVs.