All-new Jeep® Gladiator: most capable, uniquely functional and fun-to-drive pickup truck featuring authentic Jeep design to have its European preview at Camp Jeep
New Jeep® Gladiator will be the star at this year's Camp Jeep - the annual get together of all Jeep owners and enthusiasts held from 12-14 July.
A unique vehicle for everyday adventures, the all-new Jeep Gladiator marks the return of the brand to the pickup truck segment.
Modern design instantly recognizable as a Jeep including authentic styling cues such as the iconic keystone-shaped grille, round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel arches.
Crew cab configuration featuring a durable 152-centimetres steel bed with integrated tie-downs, available spray-in bed liner, bed divider and tonneau cover providing versatility for flexible cargo options.
The only authentic full open-air 4x4 pickup truck with an easy-to-use premium soft top, two hard tops and a convenient fold-down windshield for added versatility and freedom.
Unmatched capability with Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect and 32-inch off road tires.
Suspension tuned for optimized on-road handling and ride comfort without sacrificing off-road capability.
Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains including a 3.6-litre, 285-hp Pentastar V-6 engine available in markets outside Europe and a 3.0-litre, 260-hp EcoDiesel V-6 for European customers.
Advanced technological contents include a forward-facing off-road camera for better visibility in the off-road trails - available for the first time on a Jeep model - and fourth-generation UconnectTM system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability.
Packed with an array of advanced safety and security features including available Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, Forward collision warning plus, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function and standard ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines.
A selection of more than 150 exclusive Jeep® Authentic Accessories powered by Mopar® increase customization possibilities for new Gladiator and complement different customers' lifestyles. Of these 110 are available also on the European market.
Available in Jeep showrooms of the EMEA region next year in the Sport, Overland and Rubicon trims.
Two Jeep Gladiator models will be showcased at Camp Jeep - both will be in the off-road specialist Rubicon trim powered by the 3.6-litre petrol engine and sporting a White Clear Coat and Black Clear Coat exterior that includes a unique customization created for the occasion by Mopar.
European customers will have a first chance to get up close to the new Jeep® Gladiator at the 2019 Camp Jeep® - the annual get-together of all Jeep owners and enthusiasts and most important event in the Jeep Owners Group (J.O.G.) calendar - to be held in San Martino di Castrozza, in the heart of the Dolomite Region from 12 to 14 July.
The all-new Jeep Gladiator - builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks and offers an unmatched combination of authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and advanced technological content in the areas of safety and connectivity.
The first Jeep pick up dates back to 1947, when Willys Overland introduced the one-ton truck with four-wheel drive based on the CJ-2A, which was followed by several pickup models including the FC-150/170 (1957-1965), the Jeep Gladiator/J Series (1963-1987), the Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler (1981-1985) and the Jeep Comanche (1986-1992). Today, after 27 years the Jeep brand returns to the pickup segment with a unique proposition, an open air fun-to-drive multi-purpose vehicle delivering legendary off-road capability and advanced technology features in combination with added freedom and flexibility of transporting gear and cargo thanks to its 152-centimetres steel bed.
A one-of-a-kind vehicle, the new Jeep Gladiator evolves the iconic Wrangler formula by adding increased levels of versatility, freedom and superior on-road driving dynamics to its unmatched all-terrain capability. Its unrivalled off-road prowess comes courtesy of the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and 32-inch off-road tires.
Built in Toledo, Ohio, the new Jeep Gladiator is offered in three different trim levels: Sport, Overland and Rubicon. It will arrive in Middle East showrooms in the first half of 2020, while its introduction in Europe will follow by end of next year.
Modern, authentic Jeep design
The all-new Jeep Gladiator boasts a rugged, distinguished design that is immediately recognizable with traditional Jeep design cues.
The Jeep design team kept the legendary seven-slot grille seen on Wrangler but widened the grille slots for an additional air intake to assist with the towing capacity. The top of the keystone-shaped grille is gently swept back to enhance aerodynamics.
Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models offer available LED headlamps and fog lamps that project crisp white lighting, adding to the Gladiator's modern look.
From behind, traditional square tail lamps feature available LED lighting and give way to a wide tailgate opening for unobstructed loading of cargo into the bed. The tailgate is damped and capable of stopping in three positions, while cargo is easily secured with a power-locking tailgate.
Clever functionality and versatility were the focus while designing the Gladiator's durable bed. Under-rail bed lighting, an optional covered external power source (230V) and strong integrated tie-downs, provide durability and versatility. The available Trail Rail Cargo Management System provides additional storage options to organize and secure cargo.
An optional spray-in bed liner, bed divider and tonneau cover provide even more options to keep cargo secure while helping with durability. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with protective cab and cargo bed rock rails.
A four-bolt design at the top of the windshield's frame allows for the windshield to fold down quickly and easily. A header bar connects the A-pillars and stays in place even when the windshield is folded down. This allows the rear-view mirror to remain in place even with the windshield folded.
Lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors feature the Torx bit size stamped directly onto the hinge to eliminate guessing which size bit is needed to remove the doors. A tool kit with the necessary Torx bits to remove the doors and lower the windshield is provided as standard equipment.
Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models share an available three-piece body-color hardtop option, offering a unique, premium appearance, while a black three-piece hardtop, available on Rubicon models, offers even more options for open-air adventures. The two Freedom panels and quick-release latches enable a fast removal and installation of the hardtop.
Dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations allow for endless configuration possibilities.
Authentic interior design boasts functional features and technology
The new Jeep Gladiator's interior combines authentic styling, versatility, comfort and intuitive features. Precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials are found throughout the cabin.
The heritage-inspired centre stack features a clean, sculpted form that complements the horizontal dashboard design and sports a different finish for each model choice. Functional features, including climate and volume control knobs, media charging and connectivity ports, and Engine Stop Start (ESS) control are all sculpted for quick recognition and are all easily located within reach of the front-seat occupants.
The centre stack houses the 7.0- or optional 8.4-inch touchscreen displays of the fourth-generation UconnectTM system. The instrument cluster features a 3.5- or 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) information LED display. The 7-inch LED display allows the driver to configure information in more than 100 ways for easier access while driving and will be standard on Overland and Rubicon trims.
Rear seats use a unique design that can be locked in place to provide secure storage behind the seat back and can be folded flat to access cab-back storage and provide a load floor for larger items. Clever storage solutions are found throughout the vehicle, including durable mesh pockets that extend the entire length of the doors and numerous phone storage areas. The rear seat cushions can fold up into "stadium" position to reveal a standard open storage bin, which uses the space under the seat for stowing miscellaneous items. An optional lockable bin provides secure storage space when the top or doors are removed.
New Jeep Gladiator stands out for its all-round functionality and user-friendly features.
Exclusive to Rubicon models is a forward-facing off-road camera which allows obstructions ahead on the trail to be seen easily. It sits behind the middle slot of the Gladiator's seven-slot grille and can be accessed through the available Off-road Pages. Fitted for the first time ever on a Jeep model, the front camera adds to the functionality offered by the Gladiator, while enhancing safety when driving off-road.
For further practicality, the camera offers a self-cleaning function that ensures it can be maintained clean after tackling the most extreme off-road passages.
Audio upgrades include an optional subwoofer and portable wireless speaker located behind the rear seat which allows customers to take their music with them when reaching their destination whether their trip ends on the beach, or continues on extreme off-road trails. LED lights on quarter-trim panels illuminate the storage space and the docking station for the wireless speaker.
Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains
The all-new Jeep Gladiator engine range offers the proven 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 engine - available only in markets outside Europe including the Middle East - and a new 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V-6 engine which will be the only engine option offered in Europe.
The FCA US 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 347 Nm of torque and features Engine Stop-Start (ESS) as standard equipment. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque - an essential trait needed for extreme off-roading.
The 3.0-litre EcoDiesel engine will be available on all Gladiator models in Europe. This engine is expected to deliver approximately 260 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque, and features standard Engine Stop-Start (ESS). The EcoDiesel V-6 engine is designed and manufactured by FCA EMEA, and it implements refined turbocharger technology with a low-friction bearing designed for low-end and transient performance.
The new Jeep Gladiator offers an eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output while on the trails or enjoying smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds.
The eight-speed automatic is standard on all Jeep Gladiator models and engine options.
Most capable mid-size truck ever, without compromise
Jeep Gladiator delivers legendary off-road capability courtesy of two advanced 4x4 systems. The Command-Trac 4x4 system, standard on Sport and Overland, features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio.
On Gladiator Rubicon, a Rock-Trac 4x4 system features heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a "4LO" ratio of 4:1.
Gladiator Rubicon models offer improved articulation and total suspension travel with help from a segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect. With the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, Gladiator Rubicon has an impressive crawl ratio of 77.2:1, which makes scaling any obstacle on the trail easy.
Both Command-Trac and Rock-Trac systems offer full-time torque management, enabling optimal grip in low-traction conditions. An available Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential on Sport and Overland provides extra torque and grip during slippery, low-traction situations, such as driving over sand, gravel, snow or ice.
Gladiator Sport, Overland and Rubicon models receive a Trail Rated badge thanks to legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, which includes features such as:
Command-Trac 4x4 active-on-demand system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio standard on Sport and Overland models
Rock-Trac 4x4 active-on-demand system with a "4LO" ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials standard on Rubicon models
Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks
Standard on Rubicon rear steel heavy-duty off-road rear bumper and available front steel winch-ready bumper with removable end caps
Approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees and ground clearance of 28.2 centimeters
Aggressive optional 17-inch off-road wheels; Rubicon models get 32-inch tyres as standard
Up to 76 centimeters of water fording
Up to 2.722 kgs of towing capacity and 725 kgs of 4x4 payload capacity
Rugged body-on-frame design is the foundation for legendary Jeep truck utility and durability
The Jeep Gladiator uses a body-on-frame design and features a superbly engineered five-link suspension system, which enhances capability and provides composed on-road driving dynamics and passenger safety.
Gladiator's body-on-frame design uses advanced materials and engineering to be lightweight yet stiff and durable, and features an all-new lightweight, high-strength steel frame. When compared to Jeep Wrangler 4-door, Gladiator's frame is an additional 78.7 cms in length while the wheelbase is 49.2 cms longer. The extended wheelbase and the bed's positioning center aft of the rear axle centerline enable better weight distribution and a more comfortable and composed ride when carrying cargo. The propshaft, brake and fuel lines and exhaust system were lengthened to accommodate the changes needed to make the proven body-on-frame design work with the most capable mid-size truck ever.
Gladiator utilizes the proven five-link coil suspension configuration . The springs have been tuned for an optimum balance between on-road handling while providing a comfortable ride around town, with or without cargo in the bed, and legendary off-road capability. Ride comfort, body-roll control, handling, payload and towing capability is significantly enhanced with assistance from shock tuning, hard points, and body mount strategy.
A full array of standard and optional advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were paramount in the development of the new Jeep Gladiator, which offers an array of active and passive safety and security features including optional Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, forward-facing off-road camera, Forward collision warning plus and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop Function; standard features comprise ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines and front and rear park assist, and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation.
Fourth-generation UconnectTM system delivers advanced technology
The new Jeep Gladiator offers two UconnectTM systems - UconnectTM 7-inch and 8.4-inch NAV, delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features drivers and passengers desire, including a full-color LED instrument cluster. The UconnectTM 7.0 or 8.4NAV systems offers easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster startup times, high-resolution screens with capacitive touch and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for hands-free phone, navigation and voice texting.
More than 150 exclusive Jeep® Authentic Accessories powered by Mopar® for the new Gladiator
Mopar® - the FCA brand dedicated to aftersales products and services for all vehicles of the Group - will offer more than 150 new or redesigned Authentic Accessories and Jeep® Performance Parts to personalize the new Jeep Gladiator. Mopar products will include active lifestyle, truck-capable accessories such as tonneau covers and bedliners, performance content such as tubular side steps, rock rails and wheels, as well as much more developed specifically for the new Jeep Gladiator.
Mopar-customized Jeep Gladiator on display highlights open-air personalization potential of most capable midsize truck ever
Two Jeep Gladiator in the off-road specialist Rubicon trim equipped with 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6, 285 hp petrol engine and a Rock-Trac 4x4 system with heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles will be showcased at Camp Jeep.
One will be sporting a White Clear Coat exterior with body color hard top, the other features a Black Clear Coat exterior, body color hard top and a unique customization created for the occasion by Mopar.
Mopar selected a range of items from the Gladiator portfolio of Jeep® Authentic Accessories to demonstrate from top to bottom, the functionality, personalization and open-air potential of the all-new Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
The open air potential is demonstrated with the windshield tie-down straps which allow the secure hold of the windshield when lowered. The trunk of the Gladiator is equipped with the bed-mounted cross rails that work with the Mopar bike carrier to support active lifestyles. For further functionality, folding cargo ramps guarantee easy access to the bed area of both cargo and gear.
The interior of the Jeep Gladiator is outfitted with Mopar front and rear grab handles, the pedal kit, black door sill guards and all-weather floor mats.
To celebrate the victory of the first GP in the history of F1, which ran at Silverstone on May 13th, 1950, Alfa Romeo brings on the English racetrack the GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta", the evolution of the 158 that Nino Farina drove to win the first race.
The car will lead the drivers' parade before the race. Alfa Romeo Racing Team driver Kimi Räikkönen will be at the wheel.
The Alfetta, designed in 1938 and equipped with a 1.5-litre straight-8 supercharged engine, won in 1950 11 out of 11 races and Nino Farina become the first F1 World Champion. Even in 1951 Alfa Romeo won the F1 World Championship, with the Alfetta 159 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio.
The Alfetta 159 belongs to the FCA Heritage collection and comes from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese (Milan, Italy), where is permanently exposed.
The customary drivers' parade will take place just before the beginning of the F1 British Grand Prix scheduled this weekend. The legendary Alfa Romeo GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta", which is the evolution of the 158 that won the first grand prix in the history of F1 (Silverstone, 13 May 1950) driven by Nino Farina, will be leading the way. And on Sunday Kimi Räikkönen of the Alfa Romeo Racing Team will be driving it on the British circuit. The history of this single-seater is an exciting one. It belongs to the collection of FCA Heritage, the department dedicated to protecting and promoting the history of the Italian brands of FCA and is usually on show in the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese - La Macchina del Tempo.
After World War II, racing struggled to get going again and numerous brands were already contending for the Grand Prixs: Alfa Romeo, with its Tipo 158 "Alfetta", was one of these. The cars had been built back in 1938 and had literally survived the conflict, hidden in a farm, under a fake woodpile.
The engine was an innovative straight-eight design in light alloy, twin-cam valve and with Roots supercharger. The gearbox was in-unit with differential and mounted on the rear axle. The power output of the first version was 195 hp.
Alfa achieved true supremacy in 1947 and 1948, with a constant development of the cars. In 1949 Alfa Romeo had withdrawn from GP racing and was preparing for the 1950 season when the start of the first world Formula 1 Championship was planned. The power rose to 350 HP at 8500 rpm for a speed of 290 km/h. The first race was held at Silverstone: alongside Farina, Fangio and Fagioli (affectionately known as the team of the three "F"), the fourth car was given to Reg Parnell, who came in third, behind Fagioli and the winner Farina. 11 victories were achieved in 11 races and Nino Farina won the 1st F1 World Championship ahead of his team-mates Fangio and Fagioli.
In the 1951 season, Alfa Romeo decided to race with a development of the 158. The car underwent such a radical makeover that it was given the new name of GP Tipo 159. The power unit was propelled to 425 HP at 9300 rpm, with peaks of 450 HP and top speeds in excess of 300 km/h. The transmission and brakes had been appropriately improved. Before the last race Farina had won two races and Fangio three. Winning the Spanish GP, the Argentinian was crowned World Champion.
For the 1952 season, Alfa Romeo decided to withdraw unbeaten from GP racing.
1951 GP Tipo 159 "Alfetta" - Specs
Engine: straight-eight, dual block and fixed heads in light alloy, two valves per cylinder, gear-driven DOHC. One triple-choke carburettor, two two-stage superchargers. 1479 cc (58x70 mm). 425 hp at 9300 rpm.
Suspension: Front, independent, trailing arms, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic and friction dampers. Rear, independent, De Dion axle, trailing arms, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic and friction dampers
The legendary Cesana-Sestriere hill climb organised by the Turin Automobile Club will be held on the hairpin bends of the Winter Olympics mountains from July 12 to 14.
As a tribute to the 70th anniversary of Abarth, the brand with the Scorpion badge will be the special guest of this competition, the only one of its kind in Italy, in which it has featured many times.
Two cars picked from the FCA Heritage collection will be competing, namely an Abarth 2400 coupé (1964) and a Fiat 500 (1974) outfitted out with "Abarth Classiche 595 tune-up kit".
The 38th edition of the Cesana-Sestriere - Trofeo Giovanni Agnelli hill climb is about to start. The event also known as "CE-SE" in the racing world was first run in 1961 and now one of the key events on the world classic motor sports scene, also valid for the European and Italian Historic Hill Climb Championships. Over 120 drivers will get to grips with the spectacular 10.4 km course, which climbs from 1,300 metres a.s.l. in Cesana Torinese to the 2,035 of Sestriere, both famous mountain tourism destinations.
The guest of honour of the prestigious event will be Abarth that is celebrating its 70th anniversary. FCA Heritage, the department of the Group dedicated to protecting and promoting the history of the Italian brands of FCA, will also be there. Further information on FCA Heritage and its services is available at fcaheritage.com.
Abarth and Cesana-Sestriere share a long history. The brand with the Scorpion badge was the star since the first edition of the hill climb organised by the Automobile Club Torino. The competition was created in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Italian unification. At that time, most of the cars that took part were city cars kitted out racing mechanical components specially designed by Abarth, such as exhaust pipes, oil sumps, cam axles and everything else needed to make them competitive on the hairpin bends of this race. The Sports versions built by Abarth offered a great show over the years and twice an Abarth 3000 won the first prize, specifically in 1970 with Arturo Merzario and in 1971 with Austrian Johannes Ortner.
The Scorpion badge is returning to these roads today as the leader with two classic models - an Abarth 2400 coupé (1964) and a Fiat 500 (1974) outfitted with an "Abarth Classics 595 tune-up kit" - picked from the FCA Heritage collection. Both cars are housed in Turin in the new Heritage Hub, a fluid and creative multi-functional space that houses the department, and will be taking part in the "Cesana-Sestriere Experience" commemorative parade accompanied by several models picked from current production. One of these will be the new Abarth 595 esseesse and an official example of Abarth 124 rally.
Abarth 2400 coupé (1964): This wonderful coupé, designed by Michelotti, was presented at Geneva in 1959. It was a Gran Turismo version of the Fiat 2100, built at the Allemano carriage works from 1962 to 1964, known first as the 2200 coupé and, in the last year - when it was built on the Fiat 2300 base - as the 2400 coupé. The straight-6 engine of the 2400, generating 140 HP, powered the model to a top speed of 200 km/h. This car belonged to Karl Abarth himself.
Fiat 500 (1974) outfitted with "Abarth Classiche 595 tune-up kit": a classic Fiat 500 outfitted with an "Abarth Classiche 595 tune-up kit" will also be taking part in the race. The 500 is a genuine test car specially set up by FCA Heritage to test the replica of the tune-up kit which confirmed brilliant results during the last edition of the Targa Florio by veteran test driver Abarth Eris Tondelli, who will also be present at Cesana-Sestriere. The tune-up kit is a replica of the one which shaped the history of Abarth establishing it as the brand which invented the upgrading and tuning of mass production cars. In detail, the new kit comprises cylinder liners and pistons with diameter 73.5 mm, set of valve springs, camshaft, cylinder head gasket, oil sump, Weber 28 carburettor, and complete exhaust with the relative mounting brackets. All components are presented in a special wooden box, reproduced with markings inspired by the original and with the Abarth Classiche seal guaranteeing a product designed and built in accordance with the best racing tradition of the brand with the Scorpion badge. The tune-up kit is available for sale online for EUR 2000 + VAT. For more information, please go to the "Store" section of the fcaheritage.com website.
FCA’s Mirafiori Plant Turns 80. Work Begins on New Assembly Line for the Fiat 500 Electric
More than 35 innovative models and 28,700,000 units have been produced at the Mirafiori plant in Turin since it was opened 80 years ago. Among these was the first Fiat 500 which began production in 1957
Around 1,200 people will be dedicated to production of the Fiat 500 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) and the new assembly line will have an annual capacity of 80,000 units. Total investment for the project is approximately €700 million and production is set to begin during the second quarter of 2020
Approximately 20,000 people currently work at the Mirafiori complex in Turin including those directly involved in manufacturing as well as related activities such as engineering, design, sales, financial services and parts and accessories. Mirafiori is the largest FCA production site in the world
€5 billion in investment in Italy over the 2019-2021 period is confirmed
The installation of a state-of-the-art Comau robot today at one of the largest and most historic automotive plants in the world represented a link between past and future, with an event that celebrated the Mirafiori plant's 80th anniversary and beginning of construction of the assembly line for the new Fiat 500 BEV. This new generation of vehicles continues the long tradition of innovative models (more than 35 in total) that have rolled off the assembly lines at Mirafiori. Among these is the first Fiat 500 which began production in 1957.
With local and regional officials and institutions present - including Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, President of Piedmont, Alberto Cirio, and Turin Prefect, Claudio Palomba - Pietro Gorlier, FCA COO for the EMEA Region said, "Mirafiori has been transformed in step with the city of Turin. It shared the successes and the difficult times, but it has always found a way to get back up on its feet. And it is one of the oldest European automotive factories still in operation today." Since it was opened 80 years ago, Mirafiori has produced more than 28,700,000 vehicles.
Today, around 20,000 people work at the Turin production complex (Mirafiori and Grugliasco) including those directly involved in manufacturing as well as related activities such as engineering, design, sales, financial services and parts and accessories. Mirafiori is the largest FCA production hub in the world. FCA's activities in the Region of Piedmont also include an additional 4,000 employees and some 40,000 people who work for suppliers.
Today's celebrations marked the opening of a new chapter for Mirafiori. The platform being installed at the plant is specific to electric cars and its first application will be the Fiat 500 BEV. Today, the first robot was installed and the rest of the plant will be retooled over the coming months. In the body shop alone, there will be a total of 200 robots enabling a fully-automated welding process. Production of the first pre-production models is scheduled to begin by year-end. Around 1,200 people will be dedicated to production of the Fiat 500 BEV and the new assembly line will have an annual capacity of 80,000 units, with the potential for expansion.
Total investment for the project, including design, development, engineering and construction of the assembly line is around €700 million. Production is set to begin during the second quarter of 2020.
"This car was entirely conceived, designed and engineered here. It is a genuine product of 'Made at Fiat' and 'Made in Turin' ingenuity. It is another excellent example of the ability to create and innovate which abounds in our company and in this city. In Turin, we are developing a new electric mobility center of excellence which currently employs 260 people. The new Fiat 500 electric represents just the first phase of our investment plan for Mirafiori," said Gorlier. "This project will be followed by renewal of the Maserati range, starting with the Levante, and the addition of other models as projected in our business plan."
In recent weeks, FCA has set up an e-Mobility unit in EMEA which will be responsible for coordinating all activities related to electrification. FCA has also recently signed agreements with Enel X and Engie which will enable it to offer solutions to simplify the lives of customers buying and using an electrified vehicle of any of the Group's brands.
In Italy, the Group has plans to install more than 900 charging stations at production sites and employee parking areas, around 1,200 at Leasys Mobility Stores and more than 1,100 at dealerships. Total investment for this project is around €33 million. In addition, FCA is evaluating projects based on the innovative Vehicle-to-Grid technology, which enables vehicles to return electricity to the grid when needed during peak demand and switch back to charging when demand returns to normal. This would benefit customers while at the same time reducing energy production.
The 500 BEV project is part of FCA's much broader investment plan for Italy over the 2019-2021 period. In fact, the Group will invest a total of €5 billion to support a substantial renewal of its product range with the introduction of 13 all-new or significantly refreshed models and a comprehensive offering of electric vehicles, including 12 electrified versions of new or existing models. "Despite the challenging macro-economic climate, and consequent weak market conditions, we have confirmed our investment plan and today's ceremony is a concrete sign that our projects are advancing at speed," said Gorlier.
During the event, the COO also mentioned a number of other recent highlights including presentation of new plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass at the Geneva Motor Show and the world premiere of the electric Ducato (the first electric vehicle produced by FCA in Europe), which took place in Turin a couple of weeks ago. He also referred to activities underway at other Group sites in Italy including the former Rivalta plant, another important site in Piedmont, which is set to become a Mopar global parts distribution center serving Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other global markets; the Verrone plant, which already produces transmissions for a wide range of models, and is set to increase production of transmissions for the Ducato; the Pratola Serra plant which will begin production of a new engine for the Ducato at at the end of 2020; and the Cento plant which, just over one month ago, began production of a new generation of V6 engines, all to be exported and fitted on Ram vehicles sold in North America.
"All of the cars that have rolled off the assembly line at Mirafiori were ground-breaking for their time, because they always had something innovative and unique. Whether it was their style, dimensions, engine, the materials used or the concept around which they were developed. Today, our idea of innovation has not changed. The new Fiat 500 BEV will adopt cutting-edge solutions in a very different industrial and marketing context from just a few years ago. Once again, it is set to become a milestone in the history of FCA and mobility," said Gorlier.
Alfa Romeo Tonale concept wins Auto Express’ Readers’ Choice Award
Tonale wins Readers' Choice Design Award 2019
The Tonale was revealed to the public at the Geneva motor show in March and made its UK debut at last week's Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Alfa Romeo Tonale concept has been honoured with the Readers' Choice Design Award at this year's influential Auto Express Awards, just days after it wowed the crowds with its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The award was voted for by readers of Auto Express, making the accolade extra special for the design team at FCA's Centro Stile in Turin.
Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of Auto Express said "It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Alfa Romeo has topped our design poll. After all, the brand has more than 100 years' experience in creating some of the world's most beautiful cars. The Tonale is surely among Alfa's greatest hits, and we can't wait to see how the concept evolves into a production model."
Scott Krugger, head of design for Alfa Romeo said, "The Tonale is an incredibly important concept car for Alfa Romeo as it marks the first plug-in hybrid in the range and it needed to be both functional and beautiful."
Scott continued "It is a huge honour to collect an award voted for by the readers of Auto Express. Having real car enthusiasts vote for the Tonale is fantastic, the whole design team is thrilled that it has made such an impact already."
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) closed the second quarter with nearly 135,000 vehicles sold and market share at 24.7%.
Jeep posted June sales of 8,400 vehicles, ranking as leader in the SUV market, with a 12.3% segment share and a 4.9% overall market share. The Jeep Renegade and Jeep Cherokee posted year-over-year increases with June sales up 31.0% and 86.0%, respectively. The Compass progressively increased segment share during the second quarter, reaching 11.0%, while sales of the Wrangler increased 64.0% for the year-to-date
Lancia posted another strong performance with June sales up approximately 9.0% and market share at 2.5%. The Lancia Ypsilon continued as one of the most popular vehicles in Italy, ranking among the top ten for the month
The Fiat Panda continued as the best-selling vehicle in Italy overall in June and held a 37.6% share of the A segment. The Panda and 500 held a combined 45.5% share of the A segment. Year-to-date, the Fiat Panda and Fiat Qubo increased sales by 20.0% and 37.0%, respectively
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio led its segment in June with a 15.8% share, while the Giulia confirmed its leadership position
The Fiat Panda, Fiat 500L, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 124 Spider and Fiat Qubo were the best-selling vehicles in their respective segments in June, while the Lancia Ypsilon, Fiat Tipo and Fiat 500X were leaders for both the second quarter and the year-to-date
FCA models ranking in the Italian top ten for the month included the Fiat Panda (first), followed by the Jeep Renegade (second), Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat 500X
FCA posted sales in Italy of nearly 38,600 vehicles for June, bringing sales for the six months year-to-date to nearly 266,800 vehicles, with market share at 24.7%.
For the second quarter, Group sales totaled nearly 135,000 vehicles and market share was 24.7%.
Jeep and Lancia posted positive performances in June with sales up 9.0% for both brands.
In addition, the Fiat Panda, Fiat 500L, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Fiat Qubo, Jeep Renegade and Fiat 124 Spider were leaders in their respective segments in June, with the 124 Spider posting more than a five-fold increase in sales and segment share. The Fiat 500, Lancia Ypsilon and Jeep Compass also ranked among the leaders in their respective segments.
A total of four FCA models ranked in the Italian top ten for the month. These included the Fiat Panda (first), followed by the Jeep Renegade (second), Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat 500X.
The Fiat 500, Fiat Panda and Lancia Ypsilon all posted strong performances in May. The 500 was A-segment leader in May (18.1% increase), the Panda was A-segment leader for the year-to-date (15.5% increase) and the Ypsilon continued as B-segment leader in Italy with sales up 30.8% for the year-to-date.
Results by Brand
Jeep posted a 9.0% year-over-year increase in June sales with 8,400 vehicles sold. Market share was 0.5 percentage points higher at 4.9%. Year-to-date, brand sales totaled 47,000 vehicles, with market share increasing to 4.35%. The Renegade and Cherokee posted positive year-over-year performances with June sales increases of 31.0% and 86.0%, respectively. The Compass progressively increased segment share during the second quarter, reaching 11.0%, while sales of the Wrangler increased 64.0% for the year-to-date.
Alfa Romeo posted June sales of nearly 2,600 vehicles with market share at 1.5%, the highest level so far this year.
Year-to-date, brand sales totaled 14,400 vehicles with market share at 1.3%.
The Stelvio continued as leader in its segment for the month and year-to-date, while the Giulia confirmed its leadership position.
Fiat brand sales in June totaled 23,200 vehicles with market share at 13.5%. Year-to-date, sales totaled 170,600 vehicles and market share was 15.8%.
The Panda continued as the best-selling vehicle in Italy with 11,300 units sold and it was also leader in the A segment with a 37.6% share. Combined, the Panda and 500 held a 45.5% segment share.
The Panda, 500L, Qubo and 124 Spider each led in their segment for both June and the year-to-date, while the Tipo was number one its segment for both the second quarter and the year-to-date. The Panda and Qubo posted respective sales increases of 20.0% and 37.0% for the year-to-date, while the 124 Spider posted a 462.0% year-over-year increase in June.
The Fiat Panda, overall market leader, and Fiat 500X were both in the Italian top ten in June.
Lancia registered positive results once again, with June sales up approximately 9.0% to 4,400 vehicles and market share 0.25 percentage points higher at 2.5%.
Year-to-date, brand sales were up 27.7% to 34,700 vehicles and market share was 0.8 percentage points higher at 3.2%.
The Lancia Ypsilon continued as one of the most popular vehicles in Italy and was leader in the B segment for June and the year-to-date with significant increases in both sales and market share.
Abarth posted an 18.0% year-over-year increase in June with a total of 450 vehicles sold. With the arrival of the summer season, sales of the Abarth version of the 124 Spider were up 350.0%.