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    Marchionne: New Five-Year Plan For Alfa Romeo


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    November 4, 2013

    Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced that a new five-year revival program for Alfa Romeo is in the works and will be introduced next year.

    "We continue to work in a pretty determined fashion in trying to reshape the Alfa Romeo platform and I think we will be in a position to outline more at the end of the first quarter of 2014," said Marchionne.

    For those keeping score, this is Marchionne's forth revival plan for the brand within nine years.

    The plan focuses on a new rear- and all-wheel drive architecture that is reportedly being developed. This platform will underpin four new models: Guilia sedan and wagon, flagship sedan, and a mid-size SUV. The architecture will likely be used for Chrysler and Dodge products as well. A source tells Automotive News that this new architecture will underpin the next-generation Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Challenger.

    With this new plan comes something we're used to with Alfa Romeo: Delays! The earliest we begin seeing the new vehicles is around late 2015 or early 2016.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Maybe like GM, it is time to just KILL Alfa Romeo and let it live in the history books. One can only have so many revival plans before it is a lost cause and this is clearly a lost cause.

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    I (LOVE) the idea of Alfa Romeo returning to RWD then spreading the cost by using the platform for other Dodge,SRT and Chrysler models! This could be very worth the delay!

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    I do not see it surviving at the current rate of lost sales:

    Last year the brand barely sold 100.000 units in the whole world, down 29% circa.

    The brand is far from the late 80′s/early 90′s when it sold 144.000 units only in Italy (6% market share). Last year it had to deal with only 2 models, as the 159′s production ended.

    In Italy, which counts for 42% of the brand’s sales, its registrations fell a massive 28%.

    2013 Alfa Romeo may sell around 70.000 units, which is extremely bad.

    Full Details see here: http://fiatgroupworld.com/2013/05/04/alfa-romeo-sales-2012-full-year-analysis/

    Over All, either they need to make it a niche model with a smaller profitable number of auto's or kill it and invest the R&D dollars into Fiat & Chrysler.

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    I just hope they can keep the character of the Charger/Challenger/300. I DO NOT want them to be turned into "European Sports Sedans".... I like my big, cushy, "S-Class on a Budget", 300C as the sledge hammer wrapped in a pillow it is today thanks...

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    I just hope they can keep the character of the Charger/Challenger/300. I DO NOT want them to be turned into "European Sports Sedans".... I like my big, cushy, "S-Class on a Budget", 300C as the sledge hammer wrapped in a pillow it is today thanks...

    Yes..the size and heft is a big part of the appeal of those cars to me. They aren't about light and nimble.

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    I just hope they can keep the character of the Charger/Challenger/300. I DO NOT want them to be turned into "European Sports Sedans".... I like my big, cushy, "S-Class on a Budget", 300C as the sledge hammer wrapped in a pillow it is today thanks...

    Yes..the size and heft is a big part of the appeal of those cars to me. They aren't about light and nimble.

    The thing is, even though the LX cars are large, they can still dance. The Charger R/T is a better dancer than the 300C of course, but people have to compare them to cars of the same size, not just cars of the same price.

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    I just hope they can keep the character of the Charger/Challenger/300. I DO NOT want them to be turned into "European Sports Sedans".... I like my big, cushy, "S-Class on a Budget", 300C as the sledge hammer wrapped in a pillow it is today thanks...

    Yes..the size and heft is a big part of the appeal of those cars to me. They aren't about light and nimble.

    The thing is, even though the LX cars are large, they can still dance. The Charger R/T is a better dancer than the 300C of course, but people have to compare them to cars of the same size, not just cars of the same price.

    Oh yeah, they definitely aren't old school full size floaters... I've only driven a V6 300 of this generation, but it drove quite nicely a couple years ago around a variety of roads over a long weekend in N. California...

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    I LOVE my Charger RT with Road and Track Package! When I was in Ohio recently to visit family, my brother took my car for a ride. We took a 35 mph S turn at about 80 mph. It's a pretty fun car!

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      This new feature – included within the Performance Package – is a rear mechanical limited-slip differential that optimizes rear-wheel traction. The Q2 differential balances the machine torque, which works on the SUV’s rear axle. This system provides the proper level of torque to one of the two rear wheels based on traction conditions.
       
      Chassis Domain Control (CDC)
      The “brain” of Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s benchmark-level dynamics can be attributed to its innovative Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system. The CDC system coordinates all of the vehicle’s available active systems (stability control, torque vectoring differential and Alfa Active suspension system), using predictive-type dynamic models to deliver balanced, safe and natural driving, thus optimizing performance and drivability.
      Integrated braking system (IBS)
      The Alfa Romeo Stelvio features a segment-first integrated braking system, replacing a traditional system of electronic stability control (ESC) and brake booster for even more instantaneous braking responsiveness. The innovative electromechanical system improves braking performance through a faster increase in pressure and makes it possible to vary brake feel jointly with the Alfa DNA Pro system. As a result, this lightweight technological solution delivers new levels of brake response and stopping distance.
       
      Alfa DNA and Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selectors
      Innovative Alfa DNA drive mode system and Alfa DNA Pro (Quadrifoglio exclusive) drive mode selectors modify the dynamic behavior of the vehicle, according to the driver’s selection:
      Dynamic: delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations Natural: comfort setting for balanced daily driving Advanced Efficiency: eco-friendly mode to achieve the lowest fuel consumption Race: exclusive to Alfa DNA Pro, this mode activates the over-boost function, opens up the two-mode exhaust system, turns ESC off and delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations Thanks to the interaction with the Chassis Domain Control, Alfa DNA Pro instantaneously adapts car behavior to the selected driving mode.
       
      Torque vectoring
      Torque vectoring makes it possible for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to achieve higher performance during lateral acceleration. The rear differential optimizes torque delivery to each wheel separately for improved power delivery, traction and control on all types of road surfaces, without cutting power like traditional systems.
      Alfa Active suspension system
      Available on Stelvio Ti and standard on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, this innovative four-channel chassis damping system instantly adapts to driving conditions and can be adjusted by the driver via the Alfa DNA selector. This technology allows for a setting of softer shock absorbers for a more comfortable drive, or a more rigid setting for more accuracy in sports driving.
      Peace of mind: safety and security
      The all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features.
      The Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers safety and security features that include:
      Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus: provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop: helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the Stelvio to a full stop without driver intervention Lane Departure Warning: alerts the driver of inadvertent lane departure To help rear visibility both on the road and in parking situations, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and front- and rear-park assist sensors are available.
      In addition, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio features advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side air bags, front and rear side curtain air bags, and driver and front-passenger inflatable knee air bags.
      Italian style, inside and out
      In true Italian fashion, the all-new Stelvio allows owners to customize their performance SUV with up to 13 exterior colors; seven wheel choices, ranging from 18 inches to 21 inches; and an almost endless selection of interior color and trim choices.
      For sophisticated music lovers, the refined Harman Kardon Premium Audio System is offered on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which delivers detail-rich audio output. The heart of the Sound Theatre system is a 900-watt 12-channel class D amplifier, which distributes clear sound through a system of 14 speakers for superior audio quality. Harman Kardon’s Logic 7 sound technology is used to secure a surround effect from different high-resolution sources and harmoniously uniform stereo playback. With this sound system, occupants can experience the premium quality for which Harman Kardon is renowned.
      With the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, where other SUVs stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, capability and design.

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    • By William Maley
      "It has been long time coming" could be Alfa Romeo's slogan for the U.S. considering how long it has taken the brand to make a return here. But it is also an apt description for their first SUV, the 2018 Stelvio which debuted today at the LA Auto Show.
      Design-wise, the Stelvio is a taller, more practical version of the Giulia sedan. From the narrow headlights and triangular grille up front, to the sculpted lines along the side, Alfa is making sure the DNA of the Giulia is extended to other models. The interior is the same as Giulia with a similar design for the dash, a 6.5-inch touchscreen (an 8.8-inch screen comes standard on higher trims), and leather seats.
      Let's talk powertrains. The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti (Turismo Internazionale) will come with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio features the twin-turbo 2.9L V6 with 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Alfa says the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds - a tenth slower than the Giulia Quadrifoglio. No matter the engine, an eight-speed automatic and Alfa's Q4 all-wheel drive system will come standard. Alfa's DNA drive mode system will feature three different drive modes to alter settings for the engine, transmission, and steering. The Quadrifoglio will get four different modes.
      Like the Giulia, the Stelvio uses the Giorgio platform that promises a near 50/50 weight distribution front and rear. Many body panels, suspension components, and chassis are made out of aluminum in an effort to save weight.The Quadrifoglio gets an an adaptive suspension, which is optional on the other trims.
      Alfa Romeo hasn't announced a release date or pricing for the Stelvio. Considering their track record of missing dates, this might be a wise decision.
      Source: Alfa Romeo 
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Born From the World’s Greatest Driving Road – Stelvio Pass – the All-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sets a New Benchmark in Performance, Style and Technology in an SUV That Could Only Be Italian 
      The SUV for the S-Curves: Built in Italy, the Top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio Delivers a Class-leading 505 Horsepower and 0-60 in Just 3.9 Seconds Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo – the heart and soul of the automotive industry – introduces the all-new Stelvio premium mid-size SUV The all-new Stelvio is the second of a new lineup of vehicles built off a world-class architecture that embodies the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 144 mph Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with best-in-class 505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph State-of-the-art technologies, including Alfa DNA Pro selector, torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters with 100 millisecond shifts, maximize the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s driving pedigree The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy November 16, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - As the second of a new generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.
      “The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”
      Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.
      Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology
      Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.
      Stelvio and Stelvio Ti
      The true manifestation of Italian performance, craftsmanship and design, the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models provide a wide-ranging list of standard features, including an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels (available 19- and 20-inch wheels), leather seating, backup camera with rear park sensors, power liftgate, Formula One-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated push button start and much more.
      In addition to the expansive list of standard features in the all-new Stelvio, Stelvio Ti adds even more luxury and convenience offerings, including standard 19-inch wheels, genuine wood interior accents and an 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment display. Available Sport and Lusso packages provide drivers with two unique offerings that further accentuate the bold characteristics of Stelvio Ti.
       
      Stelvio Quadrifoglio
      With the most powerful Alfa Romeo production engine ever, Stelvio Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport pedigree as the “halo” model in the lineup.
      The heart and soul of this ultra-high performance SUV is an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-liter 24-valve bi-turbo intercooled V-6 engine, delivering a best-in-class 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, and a standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
      The Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes exclusive high-performance and functional exterior design elements, plus unique performance suspension, brakes and wheels. Inside, high performance leather and Alcantara front seats, featuring 12-way power and adjustable thigh support, provide the optimal control center. Additional features include a Quadrifoglio-exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching and performance contours, leather-wrapped instrument panel with accent stitching and carbon fiber interior trim.
      Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension, Quadrifoglio instrument cluster with 200 miles per hour (mph) speedometer and cylinder deactivation system.
      Ultra-high performance options for Stelvio Quadrifoglio include:
      Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell Sparco racing seats, providing maximum lateral support during extreme cornering thanks to more aggressive bolstering, and designed to be the lightest in the segment, while providing comfort for long road trips  Ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system Driver-centric capability and performance 
      The Stelvio’s intuitive interior is fully committed to the driver’s every need, offering easy access to vital and next-level technologies. A Formula One-inspired steering wheel features a thick-rim profile that transmits the chassis’ direct-steering feel and neatly groups the vehicle controls and the engine start button. Behind the steering wheel, the Stelvio features available all-aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters and a standard full-color 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) cluster display straddled by two large white-on-black face analog gauges.
      Conveniently located in the center console are two simple rotary dials. The first controls Alfa’s DNA Drive Mode system with three unique driver selectable modes (Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency), which can be used to fine tune the driving experience by adjusting throttle response, boost pressure and suspension settings in Stelvio and Stelvio Ti. Stelvio Quadrifoglio adds a fourth mode – Race – with its exclusive DNA Pro Drive Mode system.
      The secondary rotary dial controls the high-resolution 6.5-inch, or 8.8-inch, wide-screen infotainment system with real-time vehicle performance pages and telemetry, plus 3-D graphic navigation that recognizes handwritten gestures on the top of the rotary pad (late availability), allowing the driver to easily interact with the 3-D Navigation system.
      With easy access to vital technologies in mind, all Stelvio models will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
      State-of-the-art engines are the beating hearts of each and every Alfa Romeo 
      Every Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by best-in-class all-aluminum engines that embody the brand’s passion for next-level technology and state-of-the-art performance.
      Best-in-class 280 horsepower with all-aluminum Alfa Romeo turbocharged four-cylinder engine
      Featured in the all-new 2018 Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models, an all-aluminum 2.0-liter direct-injection, 16-valve, turbocharged and intercooled engine, designed specifically for Alfa Romeo, delivers a best-in-class 280 horsepower, along with world-class levels of performance, efficiency and refinement.
      To deliver its best-in-class 280-horsepower output and flat torque curve with 306 lb.-ft. of torque available between 2,250 – 4,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features exceptional turbo responsiveness thanks to a “2-in-1” turbocharger design, with the charging system driven through two pipes, which gathers exhaust gas from pairs of cylinders in an alternating sequence.
      Performance and fuel economy of these engines are fostered by the MultiAir electro-hydraulic variable-valve actuation technology, a direct-injection system with 2,900 PSI injection pressure, a water-cooled cylinder head integrated manifold and a water-cooled charge air cooler.
      Best-in-class 505-horsepower all-aluminum 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine 
      Arriving to the premium mid-size SUV segment is the most powerful Alfa Romeo production engine ever, with an all-aluminum 2.9-liter direct-injection bi-turbo V-6 serving as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s “heart and soul.”
       
      Designed to optimize the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminum 2.9-liter V-6 bi-turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low center of gravity within the chassis.
      To deliver a best-in-class 505 horsepower and a flat torque curve with 443 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 2,500 – 5,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features a bi-turbo design. In addition, the engine’s turbochargers are integrated into the exhaust manifold and feature a low-inertia, single-scroll turbo design with variable-boost management for ultra-responsive throttle response. A direct-injection system maximizes fuel combustion for improved engine output and efficiency.
      For improved fuel efficiency, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a Cylinder Efficient Management (CEM) deactivation system, which enables the engine to run on three of its six cylinders.
      Crafting control: Q4 all-wheel drive (AWD)
      The intelligent Q4 all-wheel-drive system – standard on all Stelvio models, including Quadrifoglio – delivers even more all-season traction and performance capability, thanks to the system’s ability to transfer up to 60 percent of the engine’s torque to the front axle.
       
      The innovative Q4 AWD system is linked to the Stelvio’s Chassis Domain Controller (CDC) and driver-adjustable Alfa DNA or DNA Pro (Quadrifoglio exclusive) drive mode system – enabling the driveline’s next-generation integrated actuator to adapt to changing ground conditions or driver need in milliseconds, and instantly optimize the required torque to each wheel.
      Italian ingenuity with broad use of lightweight materials 
      Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s architecture extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials that enable and deliver near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering available.
      Alfa Romeo engineers designed a lightweight rear-wheel-drive platform with a low center of gravity – all to deliver the high-performance and precision expected from an Alfa Romeo.
      Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s aluminum front and rear vehicle frames, front shock towers, brakes, suspension components, doors and fenders also help shed weight compared to conventional steel. For example, the rear cross member features an extensive use of lightweight materials, including aluminum and composite.
      An Alfa Romeo exclusive double wishbone front suspension with semi-virtual steering axis guarantees rapid and accurate steering feel. With the most direct steering ratio in the segment, Alfa Romeo Stelvio can tackle high lateral accelerations as a result of the always perfect footprint. At the rear, a patented Alfa-link rear axle design with vertical rod ensures top performance, driving pleasure and passenger ride comfort.
      State-of-the-art technologies add to a premium SUV that only Italy could create
      Competing at a world-class level requires the highest attention to detail, including the use of next-level technologies that continually please and impress the center of Stelvio’s universe: the driver.
      Q2 Mechanical Limited-Slip Differential
      This new feature – included within the Performance Package – is a rear mechanical limited-slip differential that optimizes rear-wheel traction. The Q2 differential balances the machine torque, which works on the SUV’s rear axle. This system provides the proper level of torque to one of the two rear wheels based on traction conditions.
       
      Chassis Domain Control (CDC)
      The “brain” of Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s benchmark-level dynamics can be attributed to its innovative Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system. The CDC system coordinates all of the vehicle’s available active systems (stability control, torque vectoring differential and Alfa Active suspension system), using predictive-type dynamic models to deliver balanced, safe and natural driving, thus optimizing performance and drivability.
      Integrated braking system (IBS)
      The Alfa Romeo Stelvio features a segment-first integrated braking system, replacing a traditional system of electronic stability control (ESC) and brake booster for even more instantaneous braking responsiveness. The innovative electromechanical system improves braking performance through a faster increase in pressure and makes it possible to vary brake feel jointly with the Alfa DNA Pro system. As a result, this lightweight technological solution delivers new levels of brake response and stopping distance.
       
      Alfa DNA and Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selectors
      Innovative Alfa DNA drive mode system and Alfa DNA Pro (Quadrifoglio exclusive) drive mode selectors modify the dynamic behavior of the vehicle, according to the driver’s selection:
      Dynamic: delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations Natural: comfort setting for balanced daily driving Advanced Efficiency: eco-friendly mode to achieve the lowest fuel consumption Race: exclusive to Alfa DNA Pro, this mode activates the over-boost function, opens up the two-mode exhaust system, turns ESC off and delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations Thanks to the interaction with the Chassis Domain Control, Alfa DNA Pro instantaneously adapts car behavior to the selected driving mode.
       
      Torque vectoring
      Torque vectoring makes it possible for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to achieve higher performance during lateral acceleration. The rear differential optimizes torque delivery to each wheel separately for improved power delivery, traction and control on all types of road surfaces, without cutting power like traditional systems.
      Alfa Active suspension system
      Available on Stelvio Ti and standard on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, this innovative four-channel chassis damping system instantly adapts to driving conditions and can be adjusted by the driver via the Alfa DNA selector. This technology allows for a setting of softer shock absorbers for a more comfortable drive, or a more rigid setting for more accuracy in sports driving.
      Peace of mind: safety and security
      The all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features.
      The Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers safety and security features that include:
      Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus: provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop: helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the Stelvio to a full stop without driver intervention Lane Departure Warning: alerts the driver of inadvertent lane departure To help rear visibility both on the road and in parking situations, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and front- and rear-park assist sensors are available.
      In addition, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio features advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side air bags, front and rear side curtain air bags, and driver and front-passenger inflatable knee air bags.
      Italian style, inside and out
      In true Italian fashion, the all-new Stelvio allows owners to customize their performance SUV with up to 13 exterior colors; seven wheel choices, ranging from 18 inches to 21 inches; and an almost endless selection of interior color and trim choices.
      For sophisticated music lovers, the refined Harman Kardon Premium Audio System is offered on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which delivers detail-rich audio output. The heart of the Sound Theatre system is a 900-watt 12-channel class D amplifier, which distributes clear sound through a system of 14 speakers for superior audio quality. Harman Kardon’s Logic 7 sound technology is used to secure a surround effect from different high-resolution sources and harmoniously uniform stereo playback. With this sound system, occupants can experience the premium quality for which Harman Kardon is renowned.
      With the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, where other SUVs stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, capability and design.
    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports October 2016 U.S. Sales
      Ram Truck brand sales up year-over-year on strength of pickup truck and van sales gains Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Jeep Patriot record sales increases in October, compared with same month a year ago Dodge Journey full-size crossover sales up 17 percent versus same month a year ago Jeep and Ram Truck brands take home the most awards of any manufacturer at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) November 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 176,609 units, a 10 percent decrease compared with sales in October 2015 (196,898 units).
       
      FCA US retail sales were 135,808 units in October, while fleet sales were 40,801 units. Retail sales represented 77 percent of total sales, while fleet sales were 23 percent.
      Ram Truck brand sales were up 12 percent in October as the Ram pickup truck posted a 7 percent gain and sales of the Ram ProMaster van increased 92 percent. Two Jeep® brand models – the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Patriot – turned in year-over-year gains for the month with sales of the Grand Cherokee increasing 9 percent. Sales of the Dodge Journey full-size crossover and the Fiat 500 were up year-over-year in October as well, with the Journey recording a 17 percent sales gain.
       
      Ram Truck brand sales are up 11 percent calendar year to date through October compared with the same 10-month period in 2015. Jeep brand sales are up 10 percent calendar year to date as well.
       
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 12 percent in October compared with the same month a year ago. Ram pickup truck sales were up 7 percent while the Ram ProMaster van posted a strong 92 percent sales gain for the month. In addition, the Ram ProMaster City van turned in a 14 percent sales gain for the month. Ram Truck brand sales are up 11 percent calendar year to date compared with the same 10 months in 2015. The 2017 Ram 1500 Longhorn won the Luxury Pickup Truck category, and the 2017 Ram Power Wagon was best in the Off-Road Pickup Truck category, during last month’s Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). In addition, the Ram 1500 Rebel earned Best Value Off-Road honors at last month’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.
      Jeep Brand
      Jeep brand sales were down 7 percent in October compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – were up 9 percent in October, versus the same month in 2015. In addition, Jeep Patriot sales increased 2 percent year over year in October. Jeep brand sales are up 10 percent calendar year to date compared with the first 10 months of last year. Four Jeep brand models earned TAWA awards at last month’s Texas Truck Rodeo. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon won the Off-road SUV category; the 2017 Jeep Cherokee was best Compact SUV; the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee won Mid-size SUV, and the 2016 Jeep Renegade earned best Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle. In addition, the Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel took home the Green ALV award at last month’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.
      Dodge Brand
      Dodge brand sales were down 16 percent in October compared with the same month a year ago. Even so, the Dodge Journey full-size crossover posted a strong 17 percent year-over-year sales gain for the month. Dodge Viper sales edged up 2 percent. The 2017 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger each earned a five-star overall safety rating last month from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Five stars is the highest rating in the regulatory agency’s vehicle-evaluation program.
        
      FIAT Brand
      FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, Fiat 500X and Fiat 124 Spider, were down 24 percent in October. However, sales of the Fiat 500 were up 8 percent year-over-year for the month. In its fourth month in the market, the all-new 124 Spider recorded sales of 444 units. The 124 Spider brings classic Italian styling and proven performance to a new generation of buyers. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider, the all-new Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic design.
       
      Chrysler Brand
      Chrysler brand sales were down 45 percent in October versus the same month in 2015. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica – Cars.com’s Best Minivan of 2016 – posted sales of 7,758 units in October. The Pacifica has earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. Sales of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are expected to begin in the U.S. by the end of this year. The Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first electrified minivan, will deliver an estimated range of 30 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery and an estimated 530-mile total gas and electric range. 
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary October 2016 Reflects New Methodology                        Month Sales Vol % CYTD Sales Vol % Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Compass 6,207 6,787 -9% 79,123 54,979 44% Patriot 9,510 9,369 2% 105,549 99,035 7% Wrangler 14,469 15,632 -7% 163,096 172,887 -6% Cherokee 13,531 17,533 -23% 171,877 177,874 -3% Grand Cherokee 17,867 16,405 9% 171,793 158,084 9% Renegade 7,242 7,979 -9% 84,494 44,492 90% JEEP BRAND 68,826 73,705 -7% 775,932 707,351 10% 200 2,843 9,066 -69% 51,802 147,602 -65% 300 3,051 4,311 -29% 47,091 44,121 7% Town & Country 529 12,286 -96% 58,455 74,371 -21% Pacifica 7,758 0 New 43,330 0 New CHRYSLER BRAND 14,181 25,663 -45% 200,678 266,094 -25% Dart 2,407 6,520 -63% 39,674 74,840 -47% Avenger 0 22 -100% 44 1,279 -97% Charger 6,792 8,936 -24% 79,062 81,519 -3% Challenger 4,127 5,288 -22% 55,268 57,516 -4% Viper 62 61 2% 509 582 -13% Journey 11,912 10,198 17% 89,858 92,233 -3% Caravan 11,563 13,524 -15% 114,295 78,907 45% Durango 4,651 5,134 -9% 57,744 51,253 13% DODGE  BRAND 41,514 49,683 -16% 436,454 438,129 0% Ram P/U 43,891 41,042 7% 404,977 374,579 8% Cargo Van 0 9 -100% 21 2,155 -99% ProMaster Van 4,500 2,349 92% 31,044 21,574 44% ProMaster City 1,052 925 14% 13,701 6,294 118% RAM BRAND 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11% Giulia 0 0 New 7 0 New Alfa 4C  23 58 -60% 434 569 -24% ALFA BRAND 23 58 -60% 441 569 -22% 500 1,276 1,180 8% 12,879 21,269 -39% 500L 119 290 -59% 2,920 7,044 -59% 500X 783 1,994 -61% 10,047 6,164 63% Spider 444 0 New 1,875 0 New FIAT BRAND 2,622 3,464 -24% 27,721 34,477 -20% TOTAL FCA US LLC 176,609 196,898 -10% 1,890,969 1,851,222 2%                   Total Car & MPV 40,994 61,542 -33% 507,645 589,619 -14%     Total UV's 86,172 91,031 -5% 933,581 857,001 9%     Total Truck & LCV 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11%
    • By William Maley
      It seems whenever we write a news story about Alfa Romeo, it usually is for bad news. This is no different.
      Road & Track has learned from various journalists who attended the U.S. launch of the Giulia that there were no manual vehicles available. An odd omission since the U.S. was the only market going to get a manual transmission for Giulia Quadrifoglio and this transmission was available for those attending the European launch. Road & Track reached out to a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' spokesperson to ask what is going on. The answer is that Alfa Romeo has decided against offering the manual for the U.S. market.
      The spokesperson explained the decision came down to the U.S.' general lack of interest for manual transmission vehicles. A bit of odd turn of events considering that all of major U.S. auto shows that Alfa Romeo has appeared at featured Giulias equipped with a manual transmission. It should be noted that two key competitors of the Giulia Quadrifoglo - BMW M3 and Cadillac ATS-V do offer a manual transmission.
      Source: Road & Track
       

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