FCA and the Grimaldi Group: inauguration of the new carrier ship, Grande Torino
The Roman port of Civitavecchia was the venue for the inauguration of the Grande Torino, which will make its maiden voyage from there as it transports its first shipment of cars, produced in the FCA Group's EMEA factories, to the United States. As a result the close relationship between the two Groups, which began 50 years ago, will be further strengthened. Massimo Giletti and Cristina Chiabotto attended the ceremony.
The inauguration of the Grimaldi Group's Pure Car & Truck Carrier, Grande Torino, took place today at the port of Civitavecchia in Rome. The vessel is due to transport its first shipment of FCA vehicles for the American market, including the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, the Fiat 500L and 500X, the Jeep Renegade and the ProMaster and Dodge models, produced in Turkey. The ceremony was conducted by the presenter Massimo Giletti and the ship's godmother was Cristina Chiabotto, TV presenter and former Miss Italia 2004.
Local authorities attended the event, as well as the management of FCA's supply chain and the Grimaldi Group, and the port of Civitavecchia's local community. Following his initial greetings, Mons. Cono Firringa, parish priest of the Cathedral of Civitavecchia, proceeded to bless the ship. The ceremony was accompanied with the display of several of FCA's latest products such as the Fiat 500X Sport, the Ducato di Fiat Professional, the Abarth 595 esseesse, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Jeep Renegade and the Lancia Ypsilon Monogram. Coincidentally, this event falls on the fiftieth anniversary of the start of relations between the Neapolitan group and FCA, when the very first vehicle carrier bearing "Grimaldi Lines" livery was christened with the name Warrington, as a tribute to Fiat UK, whose headquarters were in the English city of the same name. The Warrington served the route between Italy and the United Kingdom, carrying Fiat cars for the British market.
In order to deliver its vehicles around the world, the FCA Group has always taken great care to determine the most appropriate mode of transport, with a focus on making the best use of intermodal shipping arrangements. The use of its iFAST Automotive Logistics fleet of car transporters, which partly consists of the latest generation of Natural Power (Liquefied Natural Gas) vehicles, combined with trains and maritime transport, offers a key advantage that pays off in terms of sustainability. By adopting this approach, the company is also focusing on the future, on a global scale.
Around one million vehicles made by FCA and the Group's various brands are transported by ship all over the world using "deep sea" services, which travel between the various regions, and the more limited radius of "short sea" services. Grimaldi has played a leading role in the latter, having contributed significantly to increasing EMEA maritime transport, and developing a widespread distribution network, which uses over 30 ports around Europe and North Africa. Within the last 5 years, Grimaldi has also introduced weekly "deep sea" services for FCA. These operate to and from the USA and Mexico and have expanded the fleet of ships, which also guarantees a regular and efficient service in North America. This is the fleet, operating on the Grimaldi Group's weekly ro-ro connection, between the Mediterranean and North America, and used mainly for transporting FCA vehicles, to which the Grande Torino belongs. It will call at the ports of Gioia Tauro, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Savona (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Antwerp (Belgium), Halifax (Canada), Davisville, New York, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Houston (USA), Tuxpan and Veracruz (Mexico).
The Grande Torino is the first of seven twin units commissioned by the Grimaldi Group from the Chinese Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan. The ship is 199.90 meters long and 36.45 meters wide, with a gross tonnage of 65,255 tons, and reaches a cruising speed of 19 knots. It can carry approximately 7,600 CEU (Car Equivalent Unit) or, alternatively, 5,400 linear meters of rolling stock and 2,737 CEU. It is a very versatile ship due to its four movable decks and two access ramps: one on the side and one in the stern. It can therefore transport and embark not only cars, but also any type of rolling freight, such as trucks, tractors, buses or diggers, up to a height of 5.3 meters. From an environmental viewpoint, the Grande Torino is a highly efficient ship. In fact, it is equipped with an electronically-controlled Man Energy Solutions engine, as required by the new regulations for the reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, as well as a scrubber for the reduction of sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions. Furthermore, it also complies with the most recent standards in terms of ballast water treatment.
Top Gear and Autobild Spain honored 120 years of Fiat
FCA Spain received the award for the 120 years of Fiat history in the category "Special Prize Path of a Brand"
The 2019 edition of the Spanish "Axel Springer Motor Awards" was marked by the award given to Fiat in the special prizes category. During the ceremony, that took place in Madrid, FCA Spain received the award "Premio Especial Trayectoria de una marca" (Special prize Path of a Brand) for the 120 years of Fiat history, a milestone that very few car manufacturers can claim.
The award recognizes the innovative path of the brand in creating unique models; and it is aimed to highlight the history of the Company that democratized the use of the car all over the world. Besides having 120 years of history worldwide, Fiat also celebrates 100 years of life in Spain.
Fiat story begun on July 11, 1899 in Turin, where it started manufacturing his first car, the Fiat 3½ HP, a reliable and democratic vehicle. Today, after 120 years of history, Fiat continues to be a pioneer in offering affordable solutions for the mobility needs of the present and the future. The last proof was the Fiat Concept Centoventi, "the democratic answer to electric mobility", presented at the Geneva International Motor Show on March.
The judges were readers and editors of automotive magazines like Auto Bild, TopGear and Motor.es. Every year the readers choose the best cars of the year, instead the editors select the winners of the special prizes.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
"We can be really happy and proud with this result. To bring two cars in the points just outside the podium is the reward for the hard work of everyone in the team. We didn't let our head drop in the races where we were unlucky and now we can celebrate our best result of the season. There was no defining factor today: everyone did a great job - in the cockpit, in the pitstops, on the pitwall and back at base. We have made a lot of progress in the last few races, but it wasn't until today that it showed. Now we can look forward to the chance to do another good race in Abu Dhabi and finish the season on a high."
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 06/Ferrari)
Race result: 4th
Fastest lap: 1:13.135
Tyres: New Soft (21 laps) - New Medium (26 laps) - New Soft (24 laps)
"It's great to finally be able to celebrate our best result of the season as a team. It was a positive day and finally we were able to get the result we worked so hard for. We kept on our own most of the race, but at the end we were in the middle of the action. I am disappointed we couldn't get past Sainz for what turned out to be the final podium position: we had the speed, got a good run on him twice but couldn't get past. But you always want something more: in the end, it's good to get big points with both cars."
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Race result: 5th
Fastest lap: 1:13.020
Tyres: New Soft (20 laps) - New Medium (26 laps) - New Soft (25 laps)
"I am really, really happy today, for both myself and the team. What a great race, it was a fantastic way to celebrate my contract for next year with two cars in the points. We had a great start, the best this year - we made up three places and went straight into the top ten, but we still had a lot of work to do. The strategy was great, the restarts were very important, especially the final one when I was under pressure from Daniel [Ricciardo]. The last ten laps were crazy, it was quite intense but we managed to stay ahead. Everyone in the team did a wonderful job and we can be really happy with our work. We are improving race after race and we can now focus on Abu Dhabi and on finishing the season in the right way."
FCA Heritage lends one of its prized pieces to the V&A museum: the 600 Multipla stars in the retrospective "Cars: Accelerating the Modern World"
The car's presence in the museum's exhibition is part of the celebration of the 120th anniversary of Fiat
The Fiat 600 Multipla, a triumph of Italian style and forerunner of all MPVs, will be starring in "Cars: Accelerating the Modern World" exhibition at the V&A museum in London. Opening on November 23rd, the exhibition focuses on the impact of the car and includes car models that have represented real social and economic accelerators throughout the twentieth century.
The exhibition aims to highlight cars that have changed the world in the last 130 years in terms of design, innovation and social impact. Structured in three main sections, it includes over 250 objects and 15 cars, including the first ever patent car, a prototype of a flying car and one of the most iconic models of Italian car making the Fiat 600 Multipla.
Presented at the 1956 Brussels Motor Show, the Fiat 600 Multipla offered a completely new shape and exceptional interior space. With three rows of seats it could comfortably seat six people or, with four seats folded down, it could offer a large, versatile load space. With its versatility and extraordinary practicality, the "Multipla" became the pride of Italian taxi drivers and families for over a decade.
The car exhibited in London is part of the FCA Heritage collection, and is normally on display at the Fiat Historical Center in Turin. In the 120th year of Fiat, FCA Heritage have organized a number of activities to celebrate Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino reaching this key milestone including the 1899 Fiat 3½ HP
, owned by FCA UK and on permanent display at the National Motor Museum of Beaulieu, participating in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The Fiat 600 in brief
The history of the Fiat 600 began in 1955, when the new model kick-started mass motorisation in Italy. At first, the car was a compact two-door, four-seat saloon with rear-wheel drive and engine. The development of the new car had begun several years earlier, and on July 15th 1953 Vittorio Valletta - then President and CEO of Fiat - organized a day entirely dedicated to testing the Fiat 600 (at the time called "the 100", from the project initials by designer Dante Giacosa). After many tests on the track, the day ended with a meeting of the entire Fiat Presidency Council, which approved the continuation of the project. That day, the idea circulated that a "carryall" version could also be made for the Fiat 600 and after a brief design phase, this became the Multipla. Its official debut took place in January 1956 at the Brussels Motor Show, preceded a few months earlier by a memorable 600-sedan enterprise: in 1955 the car was the protagonist of the famed Rome-Calcutta raid, covering more than 12,000km in just 11 days.
Returning to the "multi-space" version, it shares the mechanics of the 600 saloon, with a cantilever rear engine, but with a passenger compartment that extends to the very front. It is easier to see its shape than to describe it: instead of a front bonnet (occupied by the tank and spare wheel in the saloon version) the Multipla has a two-seater sofa. The front of the car is almost completely vertical, like a miniature coach. The result was a vehicle that looked as though it was traveling backwards, with a tapered and aerodynamic rear that could accommodate three rows of seats and up to six people.
The 600 Multipla has four doors: two front doors opening upwind, and two rear doors. The car's versatility made it possible to fold down one or both rows of rear seats to create a uniform flat loading surface almost two meters long. The Multipla could also be transformed into a tiny camper van with a rear "double bed", as it was advertised at the time. The taxi version rapidly invaded Italian cities, becoming one of the icons of the country's postwar economic boom.
In 1960, Fiat upgraded the range of the 600 - saloon and Multipla - with the new D version. Displacement capacity grew and performance improved, but without increasing consumption: low operating costs remained the key to the success of the Fiat 600. With this improved performance, the diffusion of the Multipla in its taxi set-up increased: the front passenger seat was replaced by a luggage stand, while the taximeter was placed on the dashboard. The external body remained unchanged, while the rear of the interior was fitted with two fixed seats and two folding seats, for either two or four passengers.
The typical livery of Italian taxis in the sixties was two-tone: black in the upper part of the body and bottle green below. The 600 Multipla was ennobled by this color combination, and many private cars were also ordered in this two-tone version. Reliability and low operating costs were the keys to the success of the Taxi version, an omnipresent and highly distinctive feature of every Italian city and a vivacious symbol of the 1960s. The 600 Multipla became the classic service car used by many Italian companies, including the unforgettable the livery created by Abarth for the famed exhaust mufflers advertisement, and it went on to inspire the creation of the 600 T van.
The Fiat 600 Multipla will be on display as part of the "Cars: Accelerating the Modern World" exhibition at the V&A museum until 19th April 2020. For more details about the exhibition visit
12-millionth car produced in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles factory in Tychy.
On November 18, 2019, the 12-millionth FCA car rolled off the production line of the FCA Poland plant in Tychy. This jubilee model was Fiat 500. Three days before, the 500-thousandth Lancia Ypsilon model was also produced.
FCA Poland is the largest of the 13 companies of the FCA Group in Poland, and its Tychy plant is among the most modern car factories in the world. In 2018 a total of 259,448 Fiat, Abarth and Lancia cars left FCA Poland's production lines
On 18 November 2019 FCA Poland celebrated the production of the 12-millionth jubilee car, a red Fiat 500. Three days before, the 500-thousand white Lancia Ypsilon LPG version left the production line of the Tychy plant. After that in 2018, the 2-millionth Fiat 500 left the production line.
Within 27 years (1992 - 2019), the FCA Group invested more than 2.5 billion € to modernize plant infrastructure, create a new welding plant equipped with robotic production lines, a new waterborne paint shop, and a new car assembly hall. This investment also affected research and development work, improved working conditions, made it possible to organize training, introduced environmental protection solutions and adjusted production and operations to global standards. The plant in Tychy is constantly looking for innovative solutions and is working on improving work organization. One of the important elements influencing the development is the Plant Academy - a project aimed at developing practical technical skills and leadership of employees. It is one of the few companies in the world to have reached the golden level of World Class Manufacturing - an integrated methodology of enterprise management.
The cars manufactured in Tychy have been at the top of the reliability rankings for years, and as many as two models - Fiat Panda and Fiat 500 - have been awarded the Car of The Year title.
The beginning of the automotive industry in Silesia is considered to be 1971 when the first Syrena models came off the assembly lines of FSM (Fabryka Samochodow Małolitrażowych ) in Bielsko-Biała. After the purchase of a licence from Fiat in 1973 by the Polish government, the production of the first "Toddlers", as the Fiat 126p were commonly called, started in the factory in Bielsko-Biała. In 1975 a modern production plant was established in Tychy, which produced this cult model, the ownership of which was a status symbol in Polish society at that time.
For 27 years, between 1973 and 2000, the Tychy and Bielsko-Biała factories produced a total of 3,318,674 of Fiat 126p. In 1991 the production of Fiat Cinquecento began in Tychy, and in 1997 the Fiat Seicento. In the meantime - in 1992 - an agreement was concluded with the Italian Fiat, which resulted in the establishment of Fiat Auto Poland. Under a new name the plant produced and assembled such models as: Cinquecento, Uno, Punto, Bravo, Brava, Marea, Ducato, Iveco, Seicento, Siena, Palio Weekend, Panda, Fiat and Abarth 500, and beginning 2011 - Lancia Ypsilon. In addition, FCA also produced on behalf of Ford one of its models, Ford KA, in Tychy from 2008 to 2016 (514 288 units).
The number of cars manufactured between 1971 and November 2019:
New Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio MY2020: driving experience reaches a whole new level
I-Link by Leasys, your personal car sharing, designed to strengthen the bond between Alfa Romeo customers and the new shared mobility forms, presented at the launch of Giulia and Stelvio MY2020.
The renewed Giulia and Stelvio feature exclusive technological upgrades: driving dynamics evolve into driving experience.
New infotainment with connected services, touchscreen, completely redesigned human-machine interface, and new ADAS and level 2 autonomous driving systems enhance the thrills of driving and the driver-centred concept.
Tangible quality in the new interiors, with renewed materials and new layouts for superior on-board comfort.
The new range structure includes trims with iconic names, with clear, well differentiated identities.
New colour range, to fully express new emotions, closely linked to the brand's tradition.
The new Giulia and Stelvio MY2020 models will be available from Alfa Romeo show rooms at the beginning of 2020.
At the event, Leasys and FCA Bank introduced I-Link by Leasys, a service designed to strengthen the link between Alfa Romeo customers and the new forms of shared mobility.
Evolution in three directions: technology, autonomous driving, connectivity
On board every Alfa Romeo car, drivers have always enjoyed the best technology applied to a priceless technical heritage, and the unrivalled, thrilling driving experience offered by every one of the brand's creations. Choosing Giulia or Stelvio means refusing to compromise between solutions derived from a driver-centered approach and the maximum comfort, in the widest sense of the term. According to Alfa Romeo, expressing comfort means making every experience on board the sedan or SUV pleasant, well organized and safe: so getting on board Giulia and Stelvio, and settling into the front or rear seats, offers stimuli that build up an all-embracing yet dynamic comfort zone, in a harmony of safety, quality and speed.
This philosophy has guided every step of the development of the updated Giulia and Stelvio, which with MY 2020 evolve in three aspects complementary to their widely revered engines: their state-of-the-art technical solutions, their handling, which matures into a driving experience, setting the benchmark in their respective categories, and their distinctively Italian design. The quality of the interiors and the on-board technology now achieve the same levels of excellence, thanks to the new ADAS systems, the autonomous driving (now level 2), the new, completely upgraded infotainment system with connected services, and the redesigned human-machine interface.
The driver-car relationship created on board Giulia and Stelvio is symbiotic, thanks to direct steering, handling with undisputed best-in-class status, impeccable weight distribution and a sincere, thrilling vehicle response in every situation. These are the distinctive technical characteristics tailored to ensure a dialogue of pure emotion with the driver, on roads of all kinds. For full, unmitigated enjoyment of a completely absorbing driving experience, with a unique blend of passion and safety, the driver-vehicle interaction must be total. So with the new Giulia and Stelvio MY2020, the HMI evolves to a higher level, superlatively simple, user-friendly and intuitive.
For a start, the cars offer the new 7" TFT screen in the heart of the instrument cluster, within eye range, as standard. The screen layout has been redesigned to offer more information in a more rational way, and to accommodate the autonomous driving technology parameters.
The 8.8" central display receives a substantial upgrade, becoming touchscreen and adopting an all-new layout with optimized graphics based on widgets (graphic components designed to interact intuitively with all functions and customizable to meet individual needs via just drag and drop). This means every user can create their own homepage, in which each of the vehicle's functions becomes an app. So just horizontal scrolling calls up the access screens for Alfa DNA, radio, media, smartphone, navigator, climate control, connected services and ADAS. Interaction is thus is complete and customized, and to use it the driver can choose between the rotary knob or the touchscreen function.
Alfa Connect Services
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio MY2020 are equipped with Alfa Connect Services, the tool that delivers advanced on-board connectivity and a set of services to boost safety and comfort.
There are many packages available: My Assistant offers an SOS call that enables the occupant to send a request for assistance to the call center, with the vehicle's position and identification code, via the SOS button on the dome light unit, the radio command or the mobile app, in case of collision or emergency. In the event of an accident, the call is sent automatically. In cases of vehicle breakdown, a call can be sent to the roadside assistance service, including the vehicle's coordinates, to accelerate the arrival of help. The call can be activated using the Assist button on the dome light unit, or by pressing the radio display command or through the user's smartphone app. Drivers can also directly contact Customer Care to request support, using the above procedures. The package also includes a report service, which keeps customers updated on their Alfa Romeo's health via monthly reports sent by email. My Remote comprises a variety of services enabling remote control of several vehicle functions (door locking/unlocking, light flashing) via smartphone/smartwatch, communication with the Alexa or Google Home voice assistance systems, location of the vehicle, and monitoring of specific parameters (speed and area), with alerts if the set limits are not complied with.
My Car enables owners to keep their car's health and parameters under constant control.
My Navigation comprises applications for remote search for destination and Points of Interest (POI) and real-time traffic, weather and speed camera alerts. The package also includes the Send & Go service, enabling the driver to send their destination via navigator, directly from their smartphone or the web portal. Not to mention the My Wi-Fi service, allowing the Internet connection to be shared between up to 8 on-board devices, My Theft Assistance, which alerts the owner of any attempt to steal the car, or My Fleet Manager, intended for fleet management. Many of these tools will be available at the launch, while the complete offer will be expanded and completed during 2020.
Quality in the new interiors
Alfa Romeo's Italian style has a deceptive simplicity that conceals the complex production process involved in its design: achieving the ergonomic, attractive combination of lines and instruments, volumes and spaces that surround the driver starting from a blank sheet of paper is a complex, task requiring great precision, but improving an interior tailor-made for occupants is an even greater challenge. Care, research and a contemporary vision have enabled quality to be enhanced through targeted, substantial changes: new central console, completely restyled to accommodate larger, more accessible storage compartments, as well as the new wireless charger function. The gear stick is also new, with a leather cladding and luminous highlights making it good to look at as well as pleasing to the touch. At the base of the selector, a signature in the Italian flag colors. Last but not least, the rotary knob that controls the infotainment gives the sensation of precision and solidity at every touch. The steering wheel deserves a chapter all to itself: every trim has unique materials and details, multiple expressions of driver satisfaction, continually encouraging him to keep on driving, to caress the choice perforated or plain leather, and admire the alternating glossy and chromed highlights. Obviously, it has also been restyled to accommodate the functions relative to the autonomous driving devices.
Last but not least, the 7" TFT screen in the instrument cluster and the 8.8" touchscreen display with redesigned graphic layout, standard throughout the range.
Level 2 autonomous driving
The new MY2020 Giulia and Stelvio mark the debut of a full set of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) that enable the vehicles to deliver the highest level of autonomous driving with the perfect balance between driving pleasure and assistance systems. The outcome is in level 2, achieved by definition when the driver can leave the car to control the accelerator, brake and steering in specific conditions, via electronic systems that require continual monitoring by the driver but support him to offer him greater comfort on long journeys. In all cases, the driver must be constantly vigilant and always keep his hands on the steering wheel.
The main enabling technologies present on the MY2020 are as follows:
Lane Keeping Assist: detects if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane without activation of the direction indicator and alerts the driver visually and by touch. It actively intervenes to return the vehicle to its lane.
Active Blind Spot Assist: monitors the rear blind spots to flag up any approaching vehicles and correct the steering to avoid a collision if necessary.
Active Cruise Control: automatically adjusts the vehicle's speed in order to maintain a safe distance from the vehicles ahead. In cooperation with the road sign recognition system, it allows the speed set to be regulated in relation to speed limits, for more relaxing driving.
Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Control: the system uses the on-board camera, recognizes road signs and shows them on the display, and alerts the driver to the current speed limit. It then advises the driver to adjust the speed to that read by the system: if the driver agrees, the cruise control will be automatically set to the new speed limits.
Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist: in addition to the Active Cruise Control, these systems also supervise lateral steering, keeping the car in the middle of the lane in heavy traffic (Traffic Jam Assistant) or on the motorway (Highway Assist), and also regulating the speed on the basis of the current speed limits.
Driver Attention Assist: monitors the driver for drowsiness and alerts him if necessary.
A new range structure
Such a rich, state-of-the-art offering inevitably demanded a new range structure to express all the emotional overtones typical of Alfa Romeo models with rationality and clear identities, also by referencing historic names.
It is therefore very easy for customers to find their way around the Giulia and Stelvio world and choose the model that best reflects their needs and personality. Immediately above the baseline models is the Super trim, which provides the basis for the Business versions, intended for fleets. The range then evolves in the direction of even greater typically Italian elegance and exclusiveness with the Ti version, bearing the historic initials of "Turismo Internazionale", a name that has always denoted the richest models, or towards sportiness with the Sprint, Veloce and, for Giulia, Veloce Ti trims.
The new Quadrifoglio MY2020 trim will become available during the course of the next year.
Every trim has its own distinctive characterization: for Giulia the basic version has 16" wheels and fabric interiors, which for the Super version are new and come together with 17" alloy wheels, also a distinguishing feature of the Business versions. The Ti offers 18" wheels, wooden inserts and choice quality leather seats, to meet the expectations of those seeking luxury and sophistication as well as sporty performance. The attractive and sporty Sprint trim offers leather and fabric upholstery, 18" wheels and aluminum inserts, while Veloce has its own specific sporty leather seats. There are no compromises on board the Veloce Ti: 19" wheels, carbon inserts and leather and Alcantara® seats.
In more detail, at the access level of the Giulia world there is a choice of two powerplants: 2.0 petrol providing 200 HP and 2.2 turbodiesel with 136 HP, both rear-wheel drive and with automatic transmission. As well as the new 8.8'' Multitouch display and 7" TFT instrument cluster, the standard package also features the Autonomous Emergency Brake, Lane Departure Warning and Cruise Control driving assistance systems. The Super trim is also available with the 160 and 190 HP diesel engines, and has Xenon headlights and rear parking sensors. There are also four powerplant options for the Business trim, which offers Active Cruise Control and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Ti delivers exclusive elegance, with wooden inserts and fine leather on the dashboard and on the heated seats with electric adjustment, a split rear bench, chromed window frames and aluminum pedals. Dark Miron details are the distinctive features of the Sprint trim, together with a sporty steering wheel that reflects its personality. The names Veloce and Veloce Ti, amongst the most iconic for Alfa Romeo, identify the most sporty Giulia trims, characterized by powerful 280 HP petrol and 210 HP engines with all-wheel drive, and equipped with sporty seats and Dark Miron and carbon fiber details.
Stelvio offers 17" wheels and fabric seats, 18" wheels and new finishes on Super and Business, and 19" wheels, wooden inserts and fine leather on both seats and dashboard in the Ti trim. The Ti is further distinguished by its new elegant, contrasting Dark Miron color (or Vesuvio Grey as an alternative) on the side skirts, wheel arches and rear bumper, for a two-tone effect that recalls the historic 164 model.
Sportiness is expressed in the Sprint trim by 19" wheels, aluminum inserts and leather and fabric seats, and culminates in the Veloce version with 20" wheels, aluminum inserts and sporty leather seats.
In more detail, at the access level of the Stelvio world there is a choice of two powerplants with automatic transmission: 2.0 petrol providing 200 HP with all-wheel drive, and 2.2 turbodiesel of 160 HP with rear-wheel drive. As standard, the trim offers the new 8.8'' Multitouch display, the new 7" TFT instrument cluster, the Autonomous Emergency Brake, Lane Departure Warning and Cruise Control driving assistance systems and rear parking sensors.
Stelvio Super adds to this offering with the 190 HP 2.2 turbodiesel engine, also with all-wheel drive, and Xenon 35W adaptive headlights. The same powerplants (except the rear-wheel drive 190 HP) are offered on the Business trim, which includes features essential for use of the SUV for work, including Active Cruise Control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a second USB port at the rear. On Ti, 2.0 petrol engines of 200 and 280 HP and diesel engines of 160, 190 and 210 HP, together with contents that reflect the trim's exclusive personality, including leather seats and dashboard, wooden inserts, chromed window frames, aluminum pedals, steering wheels and air vents and heated seats with 8-way electric adjustment. The Sprint trim's sporty character is expressed through the leather steering wheel, black brake calipers, Dark Miron details on the badges, the "V" of the cloverleaf, the tailpipes and the skid plate, and the 200 HP petrol and 160 and 190 HP diesel engines. The Veloce is even more powerful, with 280 HP petrol and 210 HP diesel engines and new, exclusive stylistic details: as well as the specific use of Dark Miron that characterizes Stelvio's sporty attitude, the Veloce features exclusive new details colored to match the bodywork, including the lower band of the rear mudguard, the wheel arch and the side skirts. Inside, heated sporty leather seats with 6-way electric adjustment and aluminum details.
Colors define emotions, keeping faith with tradition
When he closes his eyes every motorist, and even every future motorist from a very early age, images the object of his desires in the color that best reflects his personality. Handling qualities are a passion requiring greater maturity and technical knowledge, and technological contents belong to a more rational sphere, but gleaming paintwork speaks to the imagination and makes a lasting impression on the memory, especially if it defines perfect proportions and dynamic shapes with taut lines leading to the legendary cloverleaf on the front.
Therefore, the Alfa Romeo designers have also evolved the approach to color, with an even more emotional strategy that groups paintwork colors by class and not simply by technology. There are four categories: Competizione, with obvious references to the brand's sporty tradition; Metal, which emphasizes the brand's dynamic soul; Solid, for those in search of accessible value; and Old Timer, which evokes and interprets the Alfa Romeo heritage.
The Competizione range comprises the attractive Trofeo White and Competizione Red tricoat paints.
The Metal shades, on the other hand, include Visconti Green (new for Giulia), Vesuvio Grey, Stromboli Grey, Silverstone Grey, Vulcano Grey, Misano Blue and Montecarlo Blue, as well as the new Anodizzato Blue and Lunare White.
The Solid range comprises White, Alfa Red and Black (exclusive to Giulia).
Concluding, the new Old Timer colors are the exciting Junior GT Ochre and the refined Villa d'Este 6C Red, available from mid-2020.
Mopar® for the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio MY2020
Mopar®, the brand that boasts over 80 years of tradition, experience and in-depth knowledge of the needs of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles customers, accompanies Alfa Romeo and its customers throughout their motoring experience, providing technical services and support for their performance, safety and customization-related needs. Pursuing this mission, it has created a host of realizations and customizations: for Giulia, the brand played a primary role in the front grille, the mirror caps and the carbon rear spoiler, the illuminated carbon kick plates, the valve caps customized with the Alfa Romeo logo, the special design 18" alloy wheels, the head restraint tablet holder and the red and white key covers: for Stelvio, the 20" four-spoke grey alloy wheels and a special Matt Miron color line, the front grille, the mirror caps and the rear bumper skid plate. The offering is completed by the coat hooks for fixing to the head restraint and the specific grey and blue key covers.
In short, the new Giulia and Stelvio MY2020 will be made even more exquisite and special by the Authentic Accessories developed by Mopar. These top-quality products all perfectly match the technical and style features of the various models, enabling full customization. This is because each accessory is developed jointly with the original engineering platforms of each car. For the Misano Blue Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce, Mopar has opted for the "Carbon Pack" with carbon accessories, including the front grille and rearview mirror caps, velvet mats with red stitching, tablet holder incorporated in the head restraints and 20" alloy wheels. At the international press launch, Giulia MY2020 will be on parade in the Sprint trim and Moonlight Pearl paintwork, enhanced by the exclusive Matt Miron style kit, comprising the "V" of the front insert, the mirror caps, the diffuser and the rear spoiler. On the inside, the specific coat hook and mats with stitching in red, like the "Giulia" signature.