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Turbos and Hybrids Are In Ferrari's Future

Jun 24 2014 02:45 PM | Fiat News
The balance act of performance and emissions is difficult to say in the least, but Ferrari thinks they have figured it out. According to Vittorio Dini, Ferrari's Powertrain Director, the company plans on increasing performance while reducing CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2021.

"Our average CO2 emissions are currently about 270 grams of CO2 per kilometer. We want to use all the available technologies to reduce emissions by 3 percent each year, which means approximately a 20 percent decrease by 2021," Dini said to Automotive News Europe.

How does the company plan on pulling this feat off? By using turbocharging and hybrid systems. Ferrari is turning to downsized V8 engines paired with turbochargers. Case in point is...

Alfa Romeo 4C Gets A Pricetag For The U.S.

Jun 14 2014 11:05 AM | Fiat News
Alfa Romeo has announced the pricing and some specifications for the U.S. spec 4C. The model when it arrives later this year to the eighty-six Alfa Romeo dealers will have a base pricetag of $55,195 (includes a $1,295 destination charge). Differences between the European and U.S.-spec 4Cs include new headlights and the addition of 342 more pounds. The weight increase is due to the addition of aluminum inserts in the carbon fiber frame to help the 4C meet federal crash test regulations, and other safety equipment.
Now the first 500 4Cs entering the U.S. marketplace will be the Launch Edition models which come equipped with new suspension tuning, racing exhaust, staggered 18-inch (front) and 19-inch (rear) forged...

Sergio Marchionne Asks You To Pass On The Fiat 500e

May 27 2014 03:05 PM | Fiat News
When was the last time you ever heard the CEO of a major automaker say don't buy our car? Never? Well Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne may be the first one. 
Reuters reports that Marchionne told an audience at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. last week that anyone considering the Fiat 500e should not buy it.
"I hope you don't buy it because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000. I'm honest enough to tell you that," said Marchionne. "I will sell the (minimum) of what I need to sell and not one more."
So why did FCA build the 500e in the first place then? It comes down to the California Air Resources Board mandate which requires the six automa...

Rumorpile: Alfa Romeo Becomes A Standalone Company

Apr 28 2014 12:30 PM | William Maley in Fiat News

Another chapter in the Alfa Romeo story appears to be forming. Automotive News Europe has learned from sources that Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is considering making Alfa Romeo a standalone firm, much like Ferarri and Maserati. This means...

2015 Fiat 500 Lineup Gets Some Updates

Apr 08 2014 07:35 AM | William Maley in Fiat News

Fiat has announced some changes are incoming for the 2015 500 lineup.    For starters, the 500 Turbo and Abarth models will now have the option of a six-speed automatic. Previously both models could only be equipped with a five-speed manual....

Rumorpile: Et Tu Alfa Romeo/Mazda Roadster Partnership

Mar 04 2014 08:35 AM | William Maley in Fiat News

Two years ago, Fiat and Mazda made the announcement that the two would jointly develop a new roadster for Alfa Romeo. The new Alfa Romeo would use the underpinnings of the next-generation of the MX-5 Miata, but would use its own powertrains. However a...

Alfa Romeo's Return To The U.S. Starting This Summer (We Think)

Feb 24 2014 02:25 PM | William Maley in Fiat News

The return of Alfa Romeo to the U.S. saga looks to be coming to a close. The Detroit News reports that the first Alfa Romeo vehicle, the 4C will be arriving in the U.S. in late June. However, it will not be at many Fiat dealers as expected. The report...