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    Fiat's MX-5 Miata-Based Spider Gets A Name


    • Fiat's upcoming roadster gets a name

    The Fiat roadster (formally the Alfa Romeo roadster) that is being developed with a bit of help from Mazda has gotten a name. Automotive News Europe reports that the upcoming roadster will wear the 124 Spider name when it launches. This comes from Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne who revealed the name to reporters at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

    The name can trace it roots back to 1966 when it was used on a 2+2 convertible based on the Fiat 124. The original 124 Spider was designed by Pininfarina and come equipped with a variety of engines throughout its life including a 1.4L four-cylinder and 2.0L.

    Marchionne went onto say that the model would be sold worldwide, but didn't reveal a launch window.

    Source: Automotive News Europe (Subscription Required)

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    Hopefully it will be more reliable than the Junk Fiat has sold for the last 40 years and during their first attempt in the US. So far, Fiat is striking out with their product lines and quality. I would say shelve this project and put the money into the Transmissions of the Chrysler products to build a reliable item first. Build quality on what they have then build pie in the sky dream cars.

     

    I am not happy with the amount of problems coming out of new Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram products and the dismal quality out of the Fiat line right now. They are hurting themselves long term with the garbage they currently sell.

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    Hopefully it will be more reliable than the Junk Fiat has sold for the last 40 years and during their first attempt in the US. So far, Fiat is striking out with their product lines and quality. I would say shelve this project and put the money into the Transmissions of the Chrysler products to build a reliable item first. Build quality on what they have then build pie in the sky dream cars.

     

    I am not happy with the amount of problems coming out of new Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram products and the dismal quality out of the Fiat line right now. They are hurting themselves long term with the garbage they currently sell.

    I have seen a fair bit of trouble out of the saltest chryco products.  Can agree with your sentiment here.

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      Previous Page Next Page Auto show season is upon us and automakers are beginning to reveal their various debuts. For example, Mercedes-AMG has pulled the curtain back on the AMG GT and GT-C Roadsters that will officially debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month.
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      The AMG GT Roadster has an output of 469 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. This variant accelerates to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and to a top speed of 188 mph.
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      The driver is able to set the AMG GT Roadster to his/her individual requirements using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT controller. The three transmission modes "C" (Comfort), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus) and the individually programmable setup "I" (Individual) allow a broad range of driving experiences from comfortable to very sporty.
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      Also for the Roadster models: active air management system from the AMG GT R
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      During normal driving with no increased cooling requirement, the louvers are closed to reduce aerodynamic drag and specifically conduct the air to the underbody. Only when certain components reach predefined temperatures and the air requirement is particularly high do the louvers open to allow the maximum cooling airflow to the heat exchangers.
      Highly expressive: athletic exterior design
      From the expressive AMG Panamericana grille to the long, muscular hood and the wide rear end, the two-seater guarantees a pure sports car experience even when stationary. The striking AMG Panamericana grille underlines the motor racing heritage: 15 chrome-plated, vertical bars echo the look of the current Mercedes-AMG GT3 customer sports racing car. The new front bumper emphasizes the car's width and gives it an athletic appearance on the road. Large outer air inlets ensure the supply of cooling air to the engine and the pronounced shoulder line is suggestive of a tensed muscle, enhancing the impression of sheer power and athleticism in combination with the new 19-inch and 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design.
      Muscular with an emphasis on width: the rear end
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      Greater rigidity and low weight: Intelligent material mix
      Mercedes-AMG also uses an intelligent material mix for the body structure of the AMG GT and GT C Roadster. Various aluminum alloys are used for the chassis and body and magnesium is used for the front deck. This extremely light element at the front reduces the inertia ahead of the front axle, thus improving agility.
      The already rigid bodyshell structure has been specifically reinforced further to take account of the car's design as a roadster: side skirts with greater wall thicknesses and more chambers make the structure more rigid. The dashboard support is braced against the windscreen surround by additional struts and a strut tower brace between the soft top and the tank reinforces the rear axle. A cross-member behind the seats supports the fixed roll-over protection system.
      The trunk lid is particularly light, thanks to an innovative composite material. The load-bearing structure is of SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) with carbon fiber. These high-tech plastics excel with their light weight, great strength and first-class surface condition. These innovative materials were developed by the Mercedes-Benz TEC factory in Sindelfingen and brought to production maturity together with the AMG specialists in Affalterbach. This material combination is used for the first time in the new AMG Roadsters.
      The AMG lightweight construction experts have also used a composite material for the wheel-catching struts. 50 percent lighter than the equivalent in steel, these composite components help to guide the front wheels onto the side members as part of the intended crash kinematics in an accident, and to hold them there.
      Derived from motorsport: the AMG Sport Suspension
      The AMG Sport Suspension likewise confirms the motor racing heritage of the new AMG Roadsters. Wishbones, steering knuckles and hub carriers on the front and rear axle are manufactured entirely out of forged aluminum to reduce the unsprung mass. The wheels are also guided by double wishbones. The resulting precision in camber and track allows high cornering speeds and gives the driver optimum, highly precise road feedback right up to the very high cornering limits.
      In the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster, the sport suspension is combined with AMG RIDE CONTROL continuously variable, adaptive damping system. The system is electronically controlled and automatically adapts the damping on each wheel to the current handling situation, speed and road conditions.
      Even more agility: active rear axle steering from the AMG GT R
      As standard, the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster responds even more sensitively thanks to the active rear axle steering that had its debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT R. The system offers an ideal combination of agility and stability - handling characteristics that are normally in direct conflict.
      Up to a speed of 62 mph, the rear wheels are turned in the opposite direction to the front wheels, resulting in significantly higher agility and increased driving pleasure with less steering input. In day-to-day driving the driver also benefits from a reduced turning circle.
      Once the speed of the AMG GT C Roadster exceeds 62 mph, the system turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels, this noticeably improves handling stability. At the same time, the lateral force on the rear wheels builds up considerably faster when changing direction, which makes the response to steering inputs quicker. The driver also notices the high grip and stability of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster during rapid changes of direction, without the usual tendency for the rear to break out.
      On board as standard: the rear-axle locking differential
      As standard the AMG GT C Roadster is equipped with an electronically controlled locking differential at the rear axle (The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster comes with a mechanical locking differential), which is integrated into the compact transmission housing. Its sensitive and rapid control elevates the physical handling limits to a new level. It not only further improves the grip of the driven wheels, but also increases cornering speeds at the limit.
      High quality and exclusivity: the interior
      The interior design echoes the design lines of the exterior. The dashboard places an extreme emphasis on width, creating an impression of a powerful wing. High beltlines, concave door panels, dynamically rising center console and low seat position perfectly integrate the driver into the cockpit. The new, light-colored interior in Macchiato Beige Exclusive Nappa leather is available for the first time, lending the open-top sports car even more individuality and exclusivity.
      More lateral support and comfort: AMG Performance seats
      The optionally available AMG Performance seats provide even more lateral support with more heavily contoured backrest and seat cushion side bolsters. For the first time the AMG performance seat is also optionally available with the AIRSCARF® neck-level heating system, which makes open-air driving enjoyable even when the outside temperature is low. The air vent is seamlessly integrated into the seat's head restraint area. To meet the individual preferences of customers, the temperature of the warm airflow can be set in three stages.
      Customers wishing to enjoy comfortable temperatures even on very hot summer days will also opt for seat climate control, which is also available exclusively for the AMG Performance seat for the first time. The intensity of the cooling can also be set in three stages.
      Impressive sound in the interior: Externed Coupled Subwoofer
      The Burmester® Sound System and Burmester® High-End Sound System ensure a very special musical experience in the AMG GT Roadster. Both systems benefit from an innovation developed jointly by AMG and Burmester®: the Externed Coupled Subwoofer (ECS). This new bass sound reproduction system with an extremely low bass range turns the open two-seater into a mobile concert stage.
      Instead of a subwoofer box of limited dimensions, ECS uses the entire interior as a bass box. This is made possible by a special aperture in the right rear wheel arch. The subwoofer is connected to the bodyshell via this aperture, transmitting the impressive sound.
      The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster will arrive in US dealers by fall of 2017.
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    • By William Maley
      Mazda Reports August Sales

      IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported August U.S. sales of 26,109 vehicles, representing a decrease of 12.8 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through August are 199,378 vehicles.
      Key August sales notes:
      Sales of the Mazda CX-5 are up 5.8 percent YOY with 10,831 vehicles sold. This marks the carline's second month in a row with over 10,000 sold. The all-new Mazda CX-9 accounted for 1,863 of vehicles sold in the month of August, representing a YOY increase of 6.3 percent. Finishing its first full year of sales, year-to-date sales of the Mazda CX-3 sit at 12,493, with 1,492 vehicles sold in the month of August. Popularity of the i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system continues among CUV buyers, with 65 percent of buyers choosing the option. Total sales across Mazda's CX carlines remain strong with 13,967 sold in August.  
        Month-To-Date
        Year-To-Date
                              August
      August
      %
      % MTD
        August
      August
      %
      % YTD
        2016
      2015
      Change
      DSR
        2016
      2015
      Change
      DSR
                              Mazda2
      -
      5
      (100.0)%
      (100.0)%
        3
      288
      (99.0)%
      (99.0)%
        Mazda3
      7,297
      10,161
      (28.2)%
      (28.2)%
        66,781
      74,542
      (10.4)%
      (10.4)%
        Mazda5
      16
      542
      (97.0)%
      (97.0)%
        362
      7,377
      (95.1)%
      (95.1)%
        Mazda6
      4,006
      5,402
      (25.8)%
      (25.8)%
        31,810
      42,550
      (25.2)%
      (25.2)%
        MX-5 Miata
      823
      1,344
      (38.8)%
      (38.8)%
        7,088
      5,128
      38.2%
      38.2%
        CX-3
      1,492
      698
      113.8%
      113.8%
        12,493
      698
      1689.8%
      1689.8%
        CX-5
      10,612
      10,033
      5.8%
      5.8%
        73,054
      72,906
      0.2%
      0.2%
        CX-9
      1,863
      1,753
      6.3%
      6.3%
        7,787
      12,601
      (38.2)%
      (38.2)%
                              Total Vehicles
                                                CARS
      12,142
      17,454
      (30.4)%
      (30.4)%
        106,044
      129,885
      (18.4)%
      (18.4)%
        TRUCKS
      13,967
      12,484
      11.9%
      11.9%
        93,334
      86,205
      8.3%
      8.3%
                              TOTAL
      26,109
      29,938
      (12.8)%
      (12.8)%
        199,378
      216,090
      (7.7)%
      (7.7)%
                                                    Selling Days
      26
      26
            204
      204
                                                         
    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports August 2016 U.S. Sales Increased 3 Percent
      Jeep® brand posts 12 percent sales increase in August compared with same month a year ago Five Jeep brand models up in August, led by 41 percent increase in Jeep Cherokee sales Dodge brand up 5 percent; six Dodge brand vehicles log year-over-year sales gains in August Ram Truck brand up 2 percent; Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans each post double-digit percentage sales gains September 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 196,756 units, a 3 percent increase compared with sales in August 2015 (190,887 units).
       
      FCA US retail sales were 150,153 units in August, while fleet sales were 46,603 units. Retail sales represented 76 percent of total sales, while fleet sales were 24 percent.
       
      The Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in August, led by the Jeep brand’s 12 percent increase. Five of the six Jeep brand vehicles recorded sales increases in August, with the Jeep Cherokee turning in the largest percentage year-over-year gain.
       
      The Dodge brand delivered higher year-over-year sales as the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Durango and Dodge Viper all recorded sales gains in August, helping to propel the brand to a 5 percent increase. Likewise, the Ram Truck brand was up with the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans each recording year-over-year sales increases for the month.
       
      Jeep Brand
      Jeep brand sales were up 12 percent in August compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Cherokee – the most capable mid-size SUV – posted a 41 percent sales gain, the largest percentage increase of any Jeep brand model in August. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass all turned in double-digit percentage increases for the month.
       
      Dodge Brand
      Dodge brand sales were up 5 percent in August compared with the same month a year ago, as Dodge cars and trucks had a strong sales month. The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger each posted year-over-year sales gains in August. Charger sales were up 24 percent, while the Challenger turned in a 5 percent sales gain in August. Sales of the Dodge Durango full-size SUV, the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the Dodge Journey crossover and the Dodge Viper were all up in August as well. The Dodge brand last month used the famed Woodward Dream Cruise to debut its new 2017 Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona – two performance-upgraded models infused with heritage style. Production for both models will begin this fall with Charger Daytona models available for order in September, followed by Challenger T/A models this October.
       
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 2 percent in August versus the same month a year ago. Both the ProMaster and ProMaster City vans turned in double-digit percentage sales gains in August, led by the ProMaster City’s 32 percent increase. The ProMaster City – America’s most efficient work van – is the newest addition to the brand’s commercial vehicle lineup and contributes to the expanding, purpose-built van segment with a number of best-in-class, functional elements tied directly to commercial customer demand. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were flat in August.
       
      FIAT Brand
      FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, Fiat 500X and Fiat 124 Spider, were down 21 percent in August. In its second month on sale, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider logged 460 sales in August. Last sold in the U.S. in 1985, the 124 Spider brings classic Italian styling and proven performance to a new generation of buyers. The all-new 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic design.
      Chrysler Brand
      Chrysler brand sales were down 22 percent in August compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Chrysler 300 full-size sedan were up 22 percent compared with the same month a year ago. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica logged 7,459 in sales in August. The Pacifica reinvents the minivan segment with its unprecedented level of functionality, versatility and technology. With nearly 40 innovations not offered by any others in its class, the Pacifica is the new benchmark in the segment that Chrysler invented more than 30 years ago.
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary August 2016
      Reflects Restated Sales
                             Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      8,867
      6,891
      29%
      69,462
      40,418
      72%
      Patriot
      11,789
      10,690
      10%
      86,632
      80,328
      8%
      Wrangler
      15,290
      18,264
      -16%
      135,338
      139,536
      -3%
      Cherokee
      23,932
      17,014
      41%
      142,498
      139,582
      2%
      Grand Cherokee
      18,409
      16,477
      12%
      134,135
      125,653
      7%
      Renegade
      8,181
      7,941
      3%
      71,328
      27,861
      156%
      JEEP BRAND
      86,468
      77,277
      12%
      639,393
      553,378
      16%
      200
      4,210
      12,538
      -66%
      45,983
      128,673
      -64%
      300
      5,275
      4,339
      22%
      39,291
      33,069
      19%
      Town & Country
      1,809
      7,255
      -75%
      56,607
      53,469
      6%
      Pacifica
      7,459
      0
      New
      26,893
      0
      New
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      18,753
      24,132
      -22%
      168,774
      215,211
      -22%
      Dart
      2,898
      6,343
      -54%
      34,540
      61,102
      -43%
      Avenger
      0
      45
      -100%
      0
      1,197
      -100%
      Charger
      8,614
      6,964
      24%
      67,402
      67,802
      -1%
      Challenger
      5,262
      5,014
      5%
      45,489
      47,346
      -4%
      Viper
      58
      37
      57%
      406
      456
      -11%
      Journey
      11,732
      8,351
      40%
      66,415
      70,359
      -6%
      Caravan
      10,572
      10,330
      2%
      93,349
      56,218
      66%
      Durango
      5,204
      5,111
      2%
      49,059
      41,416
      18%
      DODGE  BRAND
      44,340
      42,195
      5%
      356,660
      345,896
      3%
      Ram P/U
      40,202
      40,341
      0%
      308,970
      295,243
      5%
      Cargo Van
      0
      29
      -100%
      21
      2,144
      -99%
      ProMaster Van
      3,234
      2,587
      25%
      23,206
      16,812
      38%
      ProMaster City
      990
      752
      32%
      11,832
      4,434
      167%
      RAM BRAND
      44,426
      43,709
      2%
      344,029
      318,633
      8%
      Alfa 4C 
      37
      97
      -62%
      376
      451
      -17%
      ALFA BRAND
      37
      97
      -62%
      376
      451
      -17%
      500
      1,243
      2,102
      -41%
      10,095
      17,982
      -44%
      500L
      131
      314
      -58%
      2,687
      6,334
      -58%
      500X
      898
      1,061
      -15%
      8,348
      2,279
      266%
      Spider
      460
      0
      New
      885
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      2,732
      3,477
      -21%
      22,015
      26,595
      -17%
      TOTAL FCA US LLC
      196,756
      190,887
      3%
      1,531,247
      1,460,164
      5%
                        Total Car & MPV
      48,028
      55,378
      -13%
      424,003
      474,099
      -11%
          Total UV's
      104,302
      91,800
      14%
      763,215
      667,432
      14%
          Total Truck & LCV
      44,426
      43,709
      2%
      344,029
      318,633
      8%
                   
    • By William Maley
      Fiat is possibly adding another derivative of its Miata-based 124. Autocar has learned from sources that the Italian automaker is working a coupe variant. Unlike the retractable hardtop used on the MX-5 Miata RF, Fiat is keeping it simple by designing a regular coupe. It would also give a bit more differentiation between the 124 and Miata.
      We have a possible idea of where Fiat could go with the 124 coupe by looking at Abarth 124 Rally concept that appears to have a hardtop fitted permanently. Some sources say Fiat could change the design of the rear to better integrate the coupe roofline. 
      Power is currently undecided at the moment. Certain markets could get a 1.4L four-cylinder with 138 horsepower, while others may get the turbocharged 1.4L with 158 horsepower. There is talk about an Abarth model with 178 horsepower and limited-slip differential.
      Autocar says the 124 Coupe could be shown as soon as next year. 
      Source: Autocar

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