Double victory for Alfa Romeo Giulia at the "SPORT AUTO AWARD"
The readers of the magazine SPORT AUTO voted for the Italian sports sedan in two categories. Top model Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is number 1 in the import classification of the category "Standard cars Limousines/station wagons up to 100,000 Euro" for the third time in a row. Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce wins the import class of the "series production limousines/ station wagons up to 75,000 Euro"
Alfa Romeo Giulia is at the top of the list of the readers from the magazine SPORT AUTO. In the survey for the "SPORT AUTO AWARD 2019" they chose the Italian sports sedan as the winner in two categories. As in 2017 and 2018, the top model Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, powered by a V6 turbo petrol engine with 375 kW (510 hp), won the import rating in the category "standard production limousines/station wagons up to 100,000 Euro". In the "series cars limousines/station wagons up to 75,000 Euro" the readers of SPORT AUTO voted the 206 kW (280 hp) strong Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Turbo Veloce as the number one import model.
"The 'SPORT AUTO AWARD' is regarded as a barometer of the mood in the sports car industry. All the more reason for me to be delighted that the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been able to celebrate a total of five class victories in this competition over the past three years," said Cristina Mauri, Brand Marketing Manager Alfa Romeo and Jeep, at the award ceremony in Stuttgart. "The readers of SPORT AUTO have once again shown their preference for Italian design and performance. With the recent model renewal of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, we will continue to inspire them with our sporty vehicles in the future".
The "SPORT AUTO AWARD" was held for the 27th time. Over 12,300 readers selected their favorites from 275 vehicle models in 18 series categories - each with an additional import rating - as well as ten tuning classes.
Last weekend, the port of Genoa hosted the ceremony for the delivery of 200 Fiat 500 cars to the Vivere & Viaggiare and Bluvacanze travel agencies. The majestic MSC Grandiosa, the new flagship of MSC Cruises, provided a spectacular setting, in the presence of Nicola Pumilia, FCA Fleet & Business Sales Manager, Alberto Viano, CEO LeasePlan Italia, Domenico Pellegrino, CEO Bluvacanze, Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises Chief Executive Officer and member of the Bluvacanze Group Board, plus over 350 agents of the Bluvacanze network.
Created especially by the FCA Group in a limited edition, the cars were all clothed in a specific livery: BluVacanze (blue 282C pantone), the registered color of the Bluvacanze brand. Backing up this personalization, an internal inscription indicates the numbering of each car (from 001 to 200), which appears also on its number plate, thanks to a special effort made during the official registration phase. The production of this customized fleet was made possible thanks to the coordinated commitment of the two partners to this initiative, LeasePlan and FCA.
Launched in 1957 and relaunched in 2007, the Fiat 500 is an iconic worldwide symbol of Italian quality. In the 1960s it personified the spread of popular car-owning in Europe, and in the first decade of the third millennium it revolutionized the city-car category, offering an extraordinary blend of style and technological innovation in this segment. And today, it continues its role as a protagonist of sustainable urban mobility: segment leader in Europe and for the last 2 years FCA's best-selling car. And last year, in its eleventh year on the market, it notched up its best progressive figures ever, with roughly 194,000 units registered.
A hugely successful 100% Italian car, made-to-measure for the Bluvacanze Group, which is one of the largest and most important tourist companies in Italy. It offers 360-degree travel services and for almost 50 years has accompanied its customers in their travel plans and vacation experiences.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is “Sportscar of the year”
Readers of the magazine AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS chose the 375 kW (510 hp) strong top version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio as the winner of the category "SUV/Import". A total of 110 candidates in ten classes participated in the competition
Actually, this SUV is a sports car. At least that is what the readers of the magazine AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS are thinking. They chose the 375 kW (510 hp) strong Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the "Sportscar of the Year 2019" (issue 01/20 of 13 December 2019). The top model of this model won the SUV/Import category. "The acceptance of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in the exclusive circle of 'Sportscars of the Year' impressively demonstrates the high status of our SUV among sports car fans," said Cristina Mauri, Brand Marketing Manager Alfa Romeo and Jeep. "After all, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is not only one of the most powerful vehicles in the segment, but also a real sports car thanks to its driving dynamics and agility."
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a V6 biturbo petrol engine with 2.9 litres capacity, whose high performance is optimally and safely brought to the road by the four-wheel drive AlfaTM Q4. The excellent traction provided allows an acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in only 3.8 seconds, the top speed is 283 km/h. The four-wheel drive AlfaTM Q4 is the ideal and safe way to get to the road. The standard equipment of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio also includes the limited slip differential with active torque distribution in the rear axle (AlfaTM Active Torque Vectoring), the AlfaTM Chassis Domain Control, a unique central vehicle "intelligence" created by Alfa Romeo with its own algorithms to handle all the electronic devices that intervene on the car's behavior harmoniously and in real time, making driving extremely natural, instinctive and safe.
The readers of AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS could choose between 110 current models in ten competition categories when voting for the "Sportscars of the Year".
The Fiat 500 revamps car sharing services in the Baltics
The iconic Fiat 500 is now available to the users of the car sharing company CityBee in the Baltics. Just recently, more than 400 of these cars rolled out to the streets of Latvia and Estonia.
Fiat 500 is an icon of Italian design that attracts people wherever it goes. But besides its eye-catching allure, the Fiat 500 stands out as well for its driving dynamics and compact dimensions, features that helped to make it the most popular city car in Europe.
FCA will supply more than 400 Fiat 500 cars to launch this partnership. Citybee operates in 16 cities across 4 countries, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, and it has over 5,5 thousand vehicles (including cars, vans, e-scooters and bicycles) in its fleet and nearly 550 thousand users. The mission of the company is to simplify everyday life by offering innovative urban mobility solutions.
CityBee was created in 2012 in Lithuania. After 7 years, it became a leading car sharing company in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). CityBee is part of Modus Group - an international group of companies, mainly focusing on renewable energy, mobility services and automotive business.
“Heritage Parts”: the new line of spare parts for classic cars takes its marks
FCA Heritage and Mopar join forces in a project that recreates original spare parts for classic cars. The bumpers of the legendary Lancia Delta HF Integrale will be the first products in the catalog.
Owners of FCA classic cars can now purchase "Heritage Parts", a new line of faithfully reproduced spare parts for classic cars conceived and created by FCA Heritage in tandem with the Mopar brand. The project starts with one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of FCA: the front and rear bumpers of Lancia Delta HF Integrale and Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione will be available from today.
The parts are produced using the original molds preserved by FCA Manufacturing, and today, following the necessary renovation operations performed in the FCA plant in Grugliasco, they will begin a new life. Specifically, the bumpers are supplied unprimed as the materials do not require flame-polishing. They must be sanded by the customer before they are painted.
The products offered by Mopar and FCA Heritage use original molds and materials, ensuring a perfect fit and enabling the cars to take to the road in full compliance with current homologation regulations. This is an important new initiative for the owners of these Lancia vehicles, timeless symbols of the most prestigious rally racing victories.
The "Heritage Parts" range therefore combines the priceless documentary heritage of FCA Heritage - the department of the Group dedicated to protecting and promoting the historical heritage of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands - and the high quality, safety and reliability of the original parts produced by Mopar, the brand dedicated to supplying spare parts, customer assistance and support for the vehicles of the FCA Group.
The Lancia Delta HF Integrale bumpers can be ordered from the FCA Authorized Network or directly from the Mopar Store at the following link. This is the official Mopar store private customers, where they can purchase accessories and spare parts, but also a long series of personalized services for their FCA vehicle, such as warranty extensions, maintenance services, all-in-one installation packs and much more.
Orders can already be made for the bumpers of the Integrale Evoluzione version, whereas orders for the Integrale version can be made from December 9th onwards.
Abarth 124 rally: a 2019 of great sporting successes to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Scorpion brand.
A 2019 full of satisfaction for the Abarth 124 rally that honored the 70th anniversary of the brand with many victories.
Firstly, it won the FIA R-GT cup for the second consecutive year, with Italian Enrico Brazzoli, then it topped the podium again for the second year running, in the Two-Wheel Drive and GT Trophies of the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship with Alberto Monarri. And it made Italian Andrea Nucita Champion of the Abarth Rally Cup in the ERC European Championship.
Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat and Abarth Brands, is visibly proud of these results: "2019 has been a year experienced just like Carlo Abarth would have wanted: full of victories, which have become even more important because they date to the year of the 70th anniversary. In its third racing season the Abarth 124 rally has confirmed her status as queen of the Gran Turismo category, having won almost one-hundred victories to this day in both the international and national races, in line with Carlo Abarth's philosophy. From the very beginning, he had always wanted to give his clients outstanding, reliable racing cars that would guarantee excellent performances, and win races".
In the FIA R-GT championship the Abarth 124 rally again won the title gained last year, with the Italian team comprised of Enrico Brazzoli and Manuel Fenoli. The FIA R-GT Cup 2019 includes 8 races. The Italian team made its mark in the first three: the difficult and prestigious Rally in Montecarlo, the challenging Tour de Corse and the Sanremo Rally, laying the foundations for the final victory.
Enrico Brazzoli (Bernini Rally Team): "To win the FIA R-GT championship in the 70th anniversary year has been a source of great satisfaction for us. And our joy was then enhanced by an even more prestigious victory, that of the Tour de Corse, one of the most difficult races in the championship, won on the anniversary of Abarth's birth, March 31st".
In Spain too, the Abarth 124 rally confirmed itself as the 2-wheel drive Trophy champion of the Spanish Asphalt Rally Championship with Spanish Alberto Monarri and Alberto Chamorro of the SMC Junior Motorsport Team in the front seats.
A championship won three races ahead of schedule, with the great pleasure of a victory in the Islas Canarias Rally, valid for the European ERC Championship.
Alberto Monarri (SMC Junior Motorsport): "The victory in the Canary Islands was wonderful for us because it coincided with the 70th anniversary of Abarth. The passion for rallying is something that forms in you at an early age and for me, becoming an official Abarth Spain driver and racing for them is truly a dream come true ".
The season of the Abarth Rally Cup - the championship of 6 races disputed in the ERC European Championship - was also enhanced by the duel between the Italian team led by Andrea Nucita and the Polish one of Dariusz Polonski. A challenge that lasted until the very end, -with Italian Andrea Nucita in fact only triumphing in the last stage of the last race of the season - the Rally of Hungary.
Andrea Nucita (Bernini Rally Team): "It was already great to win the Abarth Rally Cup, but doing it in the year of the 70th anniversary is unforgettable. My Abarth 124 rally? Fast, perfect handling, fun to drive ".
Qualities that have also allowed the Scorpion's spider to win and show off outside these championships. For example in France, where the very young French driver Nicolas Ciamin, showed he was capable of competing with the most powerful all-wheel-drives in the R5 category, winning some of the special stages in the French championship. And in other countries too, such as Belgium, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland, the Abarth 124 rally made a strong impression. In Italy, it won the R-GT category in the Italian Cup with Roberto Gobbin, having driven it to success 4 times in the national races.
Overall Abarth 124 rally has racked up nearly one hundred wins in three seasons in the championships of 16 different European countries.