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11 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The 500 is a reliability dog, I know, but that doesn't mean the entire company is like that. 

Maybe they are, maybe they aren't but when you have a history like theirs and the first car you bring back to the states is the 500, then you have already set yourself up for failure and mountains of criticism. Even worse, is that if they fail again, they take down an American company in the process. The conscequneces of their failure is far greater this time around as a result.

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" As I coasted to a stop at the light, the Alfa’s stop/start system shut the engine off and simply never came back on, no matter what I tried—or how loud the cars behind me honked ".

" If you’re still on the fence, do as our Big Test suggests and lease first. But no matter what, get AAA. "

 

 

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12 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

" As I coasted to a stop at the light, the Alfa’s stop/start system shut the engine off and simply never came back on, no matter what I tried—or how loud the cars behind me honked ".

" If you’re still on the fence, do as our Big Test suggests and lease first. But no matter what, get AAA. "

 

 

And on this rare occasion, we are in agreement lol. 

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LOL...AND IT BEGINS!...wait..again...still..

"As I coasted to a stop at the light, the Alfa’s stop/start system shut the engine off and simply never came back on, no matter what I tried—or how loud the cars behind me honked. I was stranded, and FCA’s roadside-assistance operators, kind and professional as they were, couldn’t help. They didn’t quite understand the need for a flatbed tow truck with special wheel jacks even though I repeatedly explained that the Quadrifoglio was completely bricked and the drive-by-wire transmission would not shift out of park. A regular tow truck wouldn’t suffice; even if it could get its rear-arm “stinger” under the car, lifting it by the hindquarters would only smash the front bumper into the ground."

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"Moral of this story? Well, if you’re of the eye-rolling “Italian reliability” sensibility, that is understandable, but this is a data set of one. The base Giulia we had in The Big Test never missed a beat. If you’re still on the fence, do as our Big Test suggests and lease first. But no matter what, get AAA."

http://www.motortrend.com/news/alfa-romeo-giulia-quadrifoglio-luck-of-the-half-irish/

 

 

 

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And one can try to bring up cars like the Vette but there is a big difference between a two of the same model high performance car  having the exact same problem and four different cars of the same model having four (and sometimes more) problems. One problem is easier to fix than four or more is the point here. 

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4 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

And one can try to bring up cars like the Vette but there is a big difference between a two of the same model high performance car  having the exact same problem and four different cars of the same model having four (and sometimes more) problems. One problem is easier to fix than four or more is the point here. 

Yep.. I agree.. if it was all the same problem I'd be less harsh as it could easily be one faulty part but when the issues are spread around I feel like it's just more of the same old Alfa. 

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On 3/17/2017 at 2:00 PM, ccap41 said:

LOL...AND IT BEGINS!...wait..again...still..

"As I coasted to a stop at the light, the Alfa’s stop/start system shut the engine off and simply never came back on, no matter what I tried—or how loud the cars behind me honked. I was stranded, and FCA’s roadside-assistance operators, kind and professional as they were, couldn’t help. They didn’t quite understand the need for a flatbed tow truck with special wheel jacks even though I repeatedly explained that the Quadrifoglio was completely bricked and the drive-by-wire transmission would not shift out of park. A regular tow truck wouldn’t suffice; even if it could get its rear-arm “stinger” under the car, lifting it by the hindquarters would only smash the front bumper into the ground."

...

"Moral of this story? Well, if you’re of the eye-rolling “Italian reliability” sensibility, that is understandable, but this is a data set of one. The base Giulia we had in The Big Test never missed a beat. If you’re still on the fence, do as our Big Test suggests and lease first. But no matter what, get AAA."

http://www.motortrend.com/news/alfa-romeo-giulia-quadrifoglio-luck-of-the-half-irish/

 

 

 

@surreal1272 @dfelt @Stew

And the one in the big test had no issues.  Again, first year models, any car suffer.  13 Escapes and Focuses suffered issue after issue and recall after recall, and yes, the Vette issue IS relevant because like the Alfa, it is low production.  And it is certainly comparable to the ATS which my brother's, BTW, started throwing codes again this weekend.  Of course it isn't a first year model and these kind of glitches should have been worked out at least before the 3rd model year.  Again, you can't damn one manufacturer and ignore the rest because it suits your needs at the time........

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19 minutes ago, Stew said:

And the one in the big test had no issues.  Again, first year models, any car suffer.  13 Escapes and Focuses suffered issue after issue and recall after recall, and yes, the Vette issue IS relevant because like the Alfa, it is low production.  And it is certainly comparable to the ATS which my brother's, BTW, started throwing codes again this weekend.  Of course it isn't a first year model and these kind of glitches should have been worked out at least before the 3rd model year.  Again, you can't damn one manufacturer and ignore the rest because it suits your needs at the time........

Dude.. all I can say about U is that U seriously have issues... I personally can't say whether U are lying about your brother's ATS or not.. but even still.. even if it has had all these issues.. the vast majority of ATS's have not had any.. furthermore for the ONE person U site as having issues.. I can sit about 13 people who own the ATS.. and about 7 more who own the CTS in my own circle.. who have not had an issue once in their 4 or less years of ownership. Also.. are U really trying to justify a car that goes into DEATH MODE simply because its associated by name only.. with Chrysler.. your fav? Be honest.. if Sergio had of never gotten Chrysler and FCA was not est.. would U even care??? I doubt it. Look. If GM bought Hyundai tomorrow..  I wouldn't start loving Hyundai suddenly. It would take bout 20 years. 

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On 3/17/2017 at 10:19 AM, Drew Dowdell said:

The 500 is a reliability dog, I know, but that doesn't mean the entire company is like that. 

according to JD Power.. and every damn person I kno with a Fiat, including a cat who purchased a 124 just two months ago.. who's engine died... they are "GOD DAMN POS THAT I WOULD SET ON FIRE IF I COULD ET AWAY WITH IT"   :lol:  His words.. my laughter.

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45 minutes ago, Stew said:

And the one in the big test had no issues.  Again, first year models, any car suffer.  13 Escapes and Focuses suffered issue after issue and recall after recall, and yes, the Vette issue IS relevant because like the Alfa, it is low production.  And it is certainly comparable to the ATS which my brother's, BTW, started throwing codes again this weekend.  Of course it isn't a first year model and these kind of glitches should have been worked out at least before the 3rd model year.  Again, you can't damn one manufacturer and ignore the rest because it suits your needs at the time........

Not even comparable in any way, and the reasons given have been plenty and valid. That dead horse has been beaten quite enough though so I guess when the next Alfa takes a dump during a test drive, we will just keep attributing to first year hiccups while giving more established models like the 500 a pass because they are on an "old platform".

 

That is the automotive version of Stockholm syndrome, for the record. 

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On 3/20/2017 at 9:48 AM, Cmicasa the Great said:

Dude.. all I can say about U is that U seriously have issues... I personally can't say whether U are lying about your brother's ATS or not.. but even still.. even if it has had all these issues.. the vast majority of ATS's have not had any.. furthermore for the ONE person U site as having issues.. I can sit about 13 people who own the ATS.. and about 7 more who own the CTS in my own circle.. who have not had an issue once in their 4 or less years of ownership. Also.. are U really trying to justify a car that goes into DEATH MODE simply because its associated by name only.. with Chrysler.. your fav? Be honest.. if Sergio had of never gotten Chrysler and FCA was not est.. would U even care??? I doubt it. Look. If GM bought Hyundai tomorrow..  I wouldn't start loving Hyundai suddenly. It would take bout 20 years. 

You know I have stood up for GM and owned more GM than anything so your assertion is totally off base.  And yes, he has had these issues and his 09 CTS was worse (Sunroof and trunk leaks, AWD failure, and a wiring issue that caused his ABS to malfunction and actually caused him to get into an accident).  And i know many people who have had Cadillacs and swore them off because of issues.  more than likely you either don't know about your friends issues ar, like you accuse me of, are lying.  Cadillac has issues and that is part of the reason their sales pretty much suck right now.  It is a shame too, because the style, design, and drive are first rate.  My point is, there is no real proof that Alfa is going to be unreliable once they get past their first year.  Believe me, i have owned, and actually own 2 first year products (the Beetle and the Silverado (OH $h!!  I OWN A GM!!!!)  and they have their first year issues.  For the Beetle it is window issue, the Silverado, pinging 5.3.  My 97 F-150 rusted in 2. (literally, the frame split along the middle, same with the Silverado b ut not quite that bad).  Now, my Patriot was a first year model and it was probably the most reliable vehicle I have owned.  Bought it with 300 miles and sold with 126k miles.  Only had to do normal maintenance and front ball joints (did a lot of off0road in it).  So, before you make accusations look at yourself.  if it was GM offering this, you would be singing their praises and how it is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  We all know this. 

On 3/20/2017 at 10:07 AM, surreal1272 said:

Not even comparable in any way, and the reasons given have been plenty and valid. That dead horse has been beaten quite enough though so I guess when the next Alfa takes a dump during a test drive, we will just keep attributing to first year hiccups while giving more established models like the 500 a pass because they are on an "old platform".

 

That is the automotive version of Stockholm syndrome, for the record. 

Listen, if 2 years in they are as unreliable as my brother's Cadillacs have been, i will give it to you that they are unreliable.  Sound like a deal?  And see above......

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And for the record, my next round of vehicles will probably not be from FCA, GM, or Ford.  Would probably go for another VW before any of those 3 at this point (ZR2 and Power Wagon are the exceptions).  And let's get this straight, i am not talking Toyota and Honda quality here, GM quality, sure!

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18 hours ago, Stew said:

You know I have stood up for GM and owned more GM than anything so your assertion is totally off base.  And yes, he has had these issues and his 09 CTS was worse (Sunroof and trunk leaks, AWD failure, and a wiring issue that caused his ABS to malfunction and actually caused him to get into an accident).  And i know many people who have had Cadillacs and swore them off because of issues.  more than likely you either don't know about your friends issues ar, like you accuse me of, are lying.  Cadillac has issues and that is part of the reason their sales pretty much suck right now.  It is a shame too, because the style, design, and drive are first rate.  My point is, there is no real proof that Alfa is going to be unreliable once they get past their first year.  Believe me, i have owned, and actually own 2 first year products (the Beetle and the Silverado (OH $h!!  I OWN A GM!!!!)  and they have their first year issues.  For the Beetle it is window issue, the Silverado, pinging 5.3.  My 97 F-150 rusted in 2. (literally, the frame split along the middle, same with the Silverado b ut not quite that bad).  Now, my Patriot was a first year model and it was probably the most reliable vehicle I have owned.  Bought it with 300 miles and sold with 126k miles.  Only had to do normal maintenance and front ball joints (did a lot of off0road in it).  So, before you make accusations look at yourself.  if it was GM offering this, you would be singing their praises and how it is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  We all know this. 

Listen, if 2 years in they are as unreliable as my brother's Cadillacs have been, i will give it to you that they are unreliable.  Sound like a deal?  And see above......

Way to ignore literally everything else that has been said here in order to blindly defend the HOST of problems with Alfa. You have gone from not accepting any criticism of a preproduction car for a certain set of reasons to not accepting any criticism of it now that it has been revealed that they are actual production vechiles crappping out on testers. Throw that on top of defending the 500 because "it's on a old platform" (for the record, being on an old platform hasn't really hurt the Charger or 300 in the reliability department but we will just side step that little fact), and it is clear that you simply will not accept that Fiat and Alfa are not good cars, even if two years pass with the same problems. The proof is already there. All one needs to do is actually LOOK.

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1 minute ago, surreal1272 said:

Way to ignore literally everything else that has been said here in order to blindly defend the HOST of problems with Alfa. You have gone from not accepting any criticism of a preproduction car for a certain set of reasons to not accepting any criticism of it now that it has been revealed that they are actual production vechiles crappping out on testers. Throw that on top of defending the 500 because "it's on a old platform" (for the record, being on an old platform hasn't really hurt the Charger or 300 in the reliability department but we will just side step that little fact), and it is clear that you simply will not accept that Fiat and Alfa are not good cars, even if two years pass with the same problems. The proof is already there. All one needs to do is actually LOOK.

How?  i am going via my own experiences and you KNOW what I am saying is the truth.  Hell, if I was buying in that market it would be the new a4/5 or S4/5.  I am just realistic, not only when it comes tio first year quality and being equal with chances to not pretending like my favorite is perfect in the qualit and reliability department.  Sorry that GM and Ford and that great either and you can ignore things like engine failures and find that less worrisome than a sunroof that won't open.  I mean hell, what is the point in even arguing here?  You are going to damn them even if they end up having at least average quality and try to claim others have far better quality than they actually do.

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7 minutes ago, Stew said:

How?  i am going via my own experiences and you KNOW what I am saying is the truth.  Hell, if I was buying in that market it would be the new a4/5 or S4/5.  I am just realistic, not only when it comes tio first year quality and being equal with chances to not pretending like my favorite is perfect in the qualit and reliability department.  Sorry that GM and Ford and that great either and you can ignore things like engine failures and find that less worrisome than a sunroof that won't open.  I mean hell, what is the point in even arguing here?  You are going to damn them even if they end up having at least average quality and try to claim others have far better quality than they actually do.

Seriously? I know you're telling the truth? Umm, no. In fact, I think it is the opposite, hence my stance on Alfa and Fiat. You keep talking about "first year" problems but also give the "it's and old platform" stance for the 500. Which is it? Is it going to be the "truth" or the one that best suits your argument? Fact is that talking about 'X" friend having problems with "X" car means squat without proof. Meanwhile, we now have multiple publications with written and documented proof of the problems with the Giulia. Now, which one am I to believe? The friend that I don't know or the written proof of several national publications? Seems pretty easy to me but lets hear more about this denial. And your last sentence proves the issue with arguing with you about this. Even if they turn out to be bottom of the barrel in reliability (where they currently reside btw), you will never see it that way so your argument goes both ways. 

4 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Back to your corners guys....

@surreal1272 we won't put any Alfa Romeo on your sandwich okay?  You don't have to have any. 

Of course not. I wouldn't want the bread to fall apart for no good reason lol!

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3 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

Seriously? I know you're telling the truth? Umm, no. In fact, I think it is the opposite, hence my stance on Alfa and Fiat. You keep talking about "first year" problems but also give the "it's and old platform" stance for the 500. Which is it? Is it going to be the "truth" or the one that best suits your argument? Fact is that talking about 'X" friend having problems with "X" car means squat without proof. Meanwhile, we now have multiple publications with written and documented proof of the problems with the Giulia. Now, which one am I to believe? The friend that I don't know or the written proof of several national publications? Seems pretty easy to me but lets hear more about this denial. And your last sentence proves the issue with arguing with you about this. Even if they turn out to be bottom of the barrel in reliability (where they currently reside btw), you will never see it that way so your argument goes both ways. 

Of course not. I wouldn't want the bread to fall apart for no good reason lol!

Ya don't like truth and the facts?  no my problem.  I have owned at least 25 cars in my 21 years of driving, most have been GM, a lot of first year, last year, and every year in between models.  Cadillac, Pontiac, Chevy, and Buick have all been in my driveway, hell, there is a Chevy, 99 first year model btw, Silverado in my driveway right now.  My bug is also a first year model, my 2004 Dakota, and 11 Camry on the other hand are both from the last years for their generation.  Only my 01 Dakota falls in the middle area.  Anyways, for Pete's sake, i am done. 

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5 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

Of course not. I wouldn't want the bread to fall apart for no good reason lol!

 

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8 minutes ago, Stew said:

Ya don't like truth and the facts?  no my problem.  I have owned at least 25 cars in my 21 years of driving, most have been GM, a lot of first year, last year, and every year in between models.  Cadillac, Pontiac, Chevy, and Buick have all been in my driveway, hell, there is a Chevy, 99 first year model btw, Silverado in my driveway right now.  My bug is also a first year model, my 2004 Dakota, and 11 Camry on the other hand are both from the last years for their generation.  Only my 01 Dakota falls in the middle area.  Anyways, for Pete's sake, i am done. 

Again with the "truth or facts" argument that you haven't really backed up other than saying "well my friends Cadillac is junk" while others have written and documented proof of Alfa's initial problems. Hmmmm, which to go with...

 

BTW, I have over 28 years of car ownership with multiple makes and models so why you felt compelled to bring that up, I haven't the foggiest. It has nothing to do with Alfas problems early on (as well as their checkered history). 

 

I guess as Drew pointed out, "let it go, let it go...". LMAO!

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10 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

Again with the "truth or facts" argument that you haven't really backed up other than saying "well my friends Cadillac is junk" while others have written and documented proof of Alfa's initial problems. Hmmmm, which to go with...

 

BTW, I have over 28 years of car ownership with multiple makes and models so why you felt compelled to bring that up, I haven't the foggiest. It has nothing to do with Alfas problems early on (as well as their checkered history). 

 

I guess as Drew pointed out, "let it go, let it go...". LMAO!

What I have said has everything to do with it, but yes.  Let it go. 

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4 minutes ago, Stew said:

What I have said has everything to do with it, but yes.  Let it go. 

I am entititled to an honest rebuttal. You don't get to decide whether I "let it go" or not unless you want me to bring up the fact that you said you were done on your previous post (when you clearly weren't). See how that works?

 

Now I'm done lol.

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1 minute ago, surreal1272 said:

I am entitled to an honest rebuttal. You don't get to decide whether I "let it go".

But I do.... you've had your rebuttal... now let it go.

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Love my Cadillac, GMC, and Chevys. Ex loves her Buick.

A man who has owned a Fiat.. knu better to never own a Fiat again.......Confucius said that.. I think^_^

in other news... "Fiat Chrysler faces French probe for emissions violations, report says":wub:

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4 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

But I do.... you've had your rebuttal... now let it go.

Oh good grief people. Did everyone wake up on the wrong side of the cage this morning? 

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29 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

Love my Cadillac, GMC, and Chevys. Ex loves her Buick.

A man who has owned a Fiat.. knu better to never own a Fiat again.  Confucius said that.. I think^_^

in other news... "Fiat Chrysler faces French probe for emissions violations, report says":wub:

Of course, GM could buy the old Yugo plant and start building them and you would claim everybody loves their Yugo and never has issues.  That said, my brother loves his ATS, as do I, but neither of us pretends it is a reliability champion. 

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      6,457
      106%
      ProMaster City
       
      1,707
      1,120
      52%
      3,668
      3,233
      13%
      RAM BRAND
       
      51,822
      44,878
      15%
      137,013
      113,654
      21%
      200
       
      8
      189
      -96%
      26
      659
      -96%
      300
       
      3,704
      6,223
      -40%
      8,290
      12,992
      -36%
      Town & Country
       
      0
      1
      -100%
      1
      3
      -67%
      Pacifica
       
      8,457
      13,086
      -35%
      23,274
      32,579
      -29%
      CHRYSLER BRAND
       
      12,169
      19,499
      -38%
      31,591
      46,233
      -32%
      Dart
       
      2
      87
      -98%
      8
      252
      -97%
      Avenger
       
      0
      0
      100%
      0
      1
      -100%
      Charger
       
      8,858
      8,504
      4%
      20,615
      21,265
      -3%
      Challenger
       
      6,562
      8,150
      -19%
      13,431
      17,648
      -24%
      Viper
       
      0
      6
      -100%
      1
      9
      -89%
      Journey
       
      8,513
      10,275
      -17%
      24,003
      18,419
      30%
      Caravan
       
      15,806
      16,292
      -3%
      35,440
      43,144
      -18%
      Durango
       
      6,626
      5,870
      13%
      17,019
      16,233
      5%
      DODGE BRAND
       
      46,367
      49,184
      -6%
      110,517
      116,971
      -6%
      500
       
      310
      439
      -29%
      778
      1,309
      -41%
      500L
       
      61
      173
      -65%
      168
      395
      -57%
      500X
       
      262
      607
      -57%
      755
      1,579
      -52%
      Spider
       
      214
      325
      -34%
      513
      731
      -30%
      FIAT BRAND
       
      847
      1,544
      -45%
      2,214
      4,014
      -45%
      Giulia
       
      858
      1,284
      -33%
      2,035
      3,085
      -34%
      Alfa 4C
       
      18
      22
      -18%
      41
      54
      -24%
      Stelvio
       
      898
      1,270
      -29%
      2,210
      2,653
      -17%
      ALFA ROMEO
       
      1,774
      2,576
      -31%
      4,286
      5,792
      -26%
      FCA US LLC
       
      200,307
      216,063
      -7%
      498,425
      514,769
      -3%
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Alfa Romeo pulled the wraps off their Tonale concept today at the Geneva International Auto Show.  The concept hints at the direction the brand would like to take with a possible crossover slotted below the Stelvio in size. 
      The concept features some retro design cues with the deep set Alfa Romeo grille and thin horizontal headlight cluster. There is a slight wraparound in the rear glass and some thin, full-width tail lamps. The interior features a 12.3" diagonal gauge cluster and a 10.25 inch infotainment screen.  
      Technical specs are limited at this point, but Alfa Romeo does say that the concept would be a plug-in hybrid.  The concept utilizes a rear electric motor to maximize handling performance and includes multiple modes to vary the experience from sporty to maximum efficiency.
      The brand plans on launching 6 PHEVS by the end of 2022. 
      Related: Review: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti
      FCA Press Release on Page 2
      The New Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept Vehicle: Electrification Meets Beauty And Dynamism
       
      First Alfa Romeo plug-in hybrid premium compact SUV makes its debut at 2019 Geneva International Motor Show Distinctive features of Italian style are projected into the future, striking the perfect blend of valued heritage and anticipation of a new evolution for Alfa Romeo In keeping with Alfa Romeo’s DNA, every detail is designed according to the driver's needs Tonale premium compact SUV concept is Alfa Romeo’s take on electrification: state-of-the-art technology and enticing driving dynamics March 5, 2019 , Turin, Italy - Alfa Romeo is breaking into the electric vehicle world at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, revealing the new concept of the Alfa Romeo Tonale premium compact SUV. The Tonale is the first plug-in hybrid and the first premium compact SUV for Alfa Romeo. It rewrites the rules of today's fastest growing segment using the brand’s trademark language made up of gorgeous Italian design and unparalleled driving dynamics.

      A Premium Compact SUV Inspired By Beauty And Alfa Romeo’s Design DNA
      The design of the Tonale is an expression that looks fondly into our future. Its compact dimensions embody unique Italian design and the unmistakable original and modern style typical of Alfa Romeo, striking the perfect blend of valued heritage and anticipation of a new evolution. Alfa Romeo holds dear the essence of Italian art and sculpture through the timeless “artigianale” experience of hand sculpting. 

      The Tonale is inspired by the beauty and nuances associated with human forms, and the organic movement of light resulted by pure lines and volumes. Its design tangibly recalls a number of time-honored style elements that are synonymous with the rich history of Alfa Romeo, with an execution that excites a modern approach to the new Alfa Romeo anatomy. 

      An element that echoes the tradition of Alfa Romeo’s DNA is the phone dial wheel. The Tonale’s 21-inch wheel design displays this through a lightweight architectural construction, creating an honest and impactful execution of the circular theme. The lineage of the phone dial wheel dates back to the 1960s, worn proudly on the iconic 33 Stradale. The distinctive Tonale wheel design is also celebrated harmoniously with an exclusive Pirelli tire scheme.

      The bold, elegant volumes of the body side make reference to a seemingly distant past, recalling the sensual qualities found in the pure forms of the Duetto and the Disco Volante Spider, while the Tonale’s “Linea GT” interprets the tension and confidence of the pouncing stance found on the beloved GT Junior. The front end sports Alfa Romeo’s signature “Trilobo” and the distinctive “Scudetto” grille that serves as the central point of strength, driving the speed and fluidity that moves throughout the Tonale. Flanking the iconic “Scudetto” and completing the front monographic is the “3 plus 3” forward lighting that evokes the proud gaze reflective of the SZ and Brera. The rear of the Tonale is elegantly defined by an enveloping window volume, complemented on top by the suspended wing that enhances the continuity between the transparent roof and the rear window itself. As every Alfa Romeo design is cared for through the human touch, the rear lighting is reminiscent of an artistic signature, rather than an optical lighting element … a sort of luminous signature born directly from the artist’s hand.  

      With the inspiration of Alfa Romeo’s racing history at the core, the Tonale interior design conjures the passion associated with providing a spirited drive through dynamic form and pure sculpture. The interior of the Tonale is very driver oriented and the overall layout is designed comfortably for four passengers. The hand-drawn gestural lines stretch throughout the environment to create a muscular tension, as if what surrounds you is ready to lunge forward. The emotional significance of the Tonale interior is also generated by the contrast of rich materials, such as the cold solidity of aluminum combined with the soft and welcoming warmth of the leather and Alcantara. Inside there are translucent backlit panels, such as the central tunnel, providing the perfect location for the essential Alfa Romeo element, the DNA drive mode selector. The Tonale interior provides an inclusive experience, with details typically reserved for the exclusive. The interior is immersive and welcoming, with the dynamic attributes appreciated by those who love to drive.

      The Tonale concept vehicle is equipped with the highest levels of technology to ensure a connected, comfortable and dynamic user experience, while keeping the pleasure of a sporty drive at the forefront.

      The driver's attention will be on the road, with the peripheral focus on a 12.3-inch full digital cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen central head unit. The new infotainment features a seamless and fluid multitasking interface that allows the driver to have all the latest features and functionality readily available at their fingertips. The Tonale allows the driver to be fully connected to the Alfa Romeo Lifestyle and Social communities, realized and presented through the new infotainment features, “Alfista” and “Paddock”.
        "Alfista” is an immersive Alfa Romeo Lifestyle experience, providing a fully connected interface with select Alfa Romeo clubs and community events, such as gatherings, drives and meets. This in-vehicle app allows the driver access to live news and updates about the current happenings of the Alfa Romeo brand. The customer has the ability to confirm attendance to events and gatherings, order Alfa Romeo Racing tickets, as well as apply for opportunities to win VIP access to special Alfa Romeo sponsored events, just to name a few. “Paddock” is the Alfa Romeo Tonale in-vehicle garage and market for real-time viewing and purchasing of the latest interior and exterior performance upgrades and equipment. The Paddock app also enables the customer to scroll through the latest offerings of Alfa Romeo Merchandise and Apparel, which can be ordered direct with the touch of the screen.
      The Alfa Romeo Tonale is our look into the future of the premium compact SUV segment, creating a holistic creative expression and through the blend of beauty and technology. For Alfa Romeo Design, it is our “opera d’arte,” or piece of art … otherwise expressed as our Alfa Romeo Tonale.

      Authentically Alfa Romeo
      The Tonale marks the debut of the brand in the premium compact utility vehicle segment and does so in line with the characteristics that have always identified each Alfa Romeo model. The goal is to deliver the best driving dynamics in the segment and to apply electrification in perfect Alfa Romeo style. 

      It is the natural evolution of the brand on the way toward propulsive synergy capable of enhancing performance and driving dynamics. Rather than simply adapting to new standards, with the Tonale concept car Alfa Romeo is reinterpreting its own DNA to capture the new idea of beauty, energy, harmony, efficiency and driving user-friendliness. 

      The electrification of Alfa Romeo comes at the service of sportiness and emphasizes the famous "Mechanics of Emotions" mission of the brand. For this reason, it has no need to express itself through signatures or decided livery, but just with small details such as the Alfa logo, or “Biscione” in hybrid optics, a small yet definitive detail that enhances the Tonale. The rear electric engine opens the way to new technological solutions that offer driving dynamics, maximizes the drive and the pleasure of sporty driving. The evolution is also evident in the drive modes managed by Alfa D.N.A. From the beginning on the 4C and through the development with Giulia and Stelvio, it has reached the Tonale and now implements specific energy management functions.
        "Dynamic" mode evolves into "Dual Power" mode and guarantees maximum output from the two engines "Natural" mode continues to maintain the best performance optimization, and the compromise between using electric and internal combustion engines is managed automatically. This translates into everyday energy and fuel savings, but not at the detriment of performance The “Advance Efficiency” mode becomes “Advance E” for performance in full electric mode. So, in line with the principles of the brand, the plug-in hybrid propulsion enhances the beauty, sporty and dynamic driving characteristics of each Alfa Romeo model, taking them to a new level. In Tonale, electrification embraces performance and represents a new way to achieve high performance and outstanding driving fun The infotainment touch screen features an “E-mozione” button, which offers specific throttle settings, sharper braking and a more direct steering response
      Alfa Romeo Tonale
      The Tonale embodies the adventure potential of a premium compact, dynamic sport utility vehicle capable of guaranteeing the adrenaline of sporty driving inherent in the legend of the brand, in urban settings with the same ease. The hum of the electric motor accompanies the genuinely Alfa Romeo roar creating an efficient, exciting synergy at the service of driving pleasure. The energy switch to electric is the latest key page in the 109-year-long history of the Alfa Romeo legend and one which will propel the brand into the future. 

      This is also behind the name chosen for the new concept car. The Tonale Pass, not far from the Stelvio Pass in the Alps, is a large natural amphitheater famous for its majestic peaks, the natural spectacle of frothy waterfalls and snow all year round in a breath-taking natural setting. Directly connected to the Stelvio Pass, excitement and harmony coexist in the Tonale Pass area. The Tonale is an important development under the sign of continuity and geographical proximity, an evolution traced in time in an evocative association.
       
      About Alfa Romeo
      Since its foundation in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles. Born from the world’s greatest driving road – the Stelvio Pass – the Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that could only be from Italy. The award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulia delivers race-inspired performance, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment. Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio feature Alfa Romeo’s most powerful production engine ever with best-in-class 0-60 mph times of 3.8 and 3.6 seconds, respectively. Rounding out Alfa Romeo’s world-class lineup is the handcrafted Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, which represents the purest form of La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion), with its race-inspired, mid-engine design and state-of-the-art, Formula 1-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis.  
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Alfa Romeo pulled the wraps off their Tonale concept today at the Geneva International Auto Show.  The concept hints at the direction the brand would like to take with a possible crossover slotted below the Stelvio in size. 
      The concept features some retro design cues with the deep set Alfa Romeo grille and thin horizontal headlight cluster. There is a slight wraparound in the rear glass and some thin, full-width tail lamps. The interior features a 12.3" diagonal gauge cluster and a 10.25 inch infotainment screen.  
      Technical specs are limited at this point, but Alfa Romeo does say that the concept would be a plug-in hybrid.  The concept utilizes a rear electric motor to maximize handling performance and includes multiple modes to vary the experience from sporty to maximum efficiency.
      The brand plans on launching 6 PHEVS by the end of 2022. 
      Related: Review: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti
      FCA Press Release on Page 2
      The New Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept Vehicle: Electrification Meets Beauty And Dynamism
       
      First Alfa Romeo plug-in hybrid premium compact SUV makes its debut at 2019 Geneva International Motor Show Distinctive features of Italian style are projected into the future, striking the perfect blend of valued heritage and anticipation of a new evolution for Alfa Romeo In keeping with Alfa Romeo’s DNA, every detail is designed according to the driver's needs Tonale premium compact SUV concept is Alfa Romeo’s take on electrification: state-of-the-art technology and enticing driving dynamics March 5, 2019 , Turin, Italy - Alfa Romeo is breaking into the electric vehicle world at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, revealing the new concept of the Alfa Romeo Tonale premium compact SUV. The Tonale is the first plug-in hybrid and the first premium compact SUV for Alfa Romeo. It rewrites the rules of today's fastest growing segment using the brand’s trademark language made up of gorgeous Italian design and unparalleled driving dynamics.

      A Premium Compact SUV Inspired By Beauty And Alfa Romeo’s Design DNA
      The design of the Tonale is an expression that looks fondly into our future. Its compact dimensions embody unique Italian design and the unmistakable original and modern style typical of Alfa Romeo, striking the perfect blend of valued heritage and anticipation of a new evolution. Alfa Romeo holds dear the essence of Italian art and sculpture through the timeless “artigianale” experience of hand sculpting. 

      The Tonale is inspired by the beauty and nuances associated with human forms, and the organic movement of light resulted by pure lines and volumes. Its design tangibly recalls a number of time-honored style elements that are synonymous with the rich history of Alfa Romeo, with an execution that excites a modern approach to the new Alfa Romeo anatomy. 

      An element that echoes the tradition of Alfa Romeo’s DNA is the phone dial wheel. The Tonale’s 21-inch wheel design displays this through a lightweight architectural construction, creating an honest and impactful execution of the circular theme. The lineage of the phone dial wheel dates back to the 1960s, worn proudly on the iconic 33 Stradale. The distinctive Tonale wheel design is also celebrated harmoniously with an exclusive Pirelli tire scheme.

      The bold, elegant volumes of the body side make reference to a seemingly distant past, recalling the sensual qualities found in the pure forms of the Duetto and the Disco Volante Spider, while the Tonale’s “Linea GT” interprets the tension and confidence of the pouncing stance found on the beloved GT Junior. The front end sports Alfa Romeo’s signature “Trilobo” and the distinctive “Scudetto” grille that serves as the central point of strength, driving the speed and fluidity that moves throughout the Tonale. Flanking the iconic “Scudetto” and completing the front monographic is the “3 plus 3” forward lighting that evokes the proud gaze reflective of the SZ and Brera. The rear of the Tonale is elegantly defined by an enveloping window volume, complemented on top by the suspended wing that enhances the continuity between the transparent roof and the rear window itself. As every Alfa Romeo design is cared for through the human touch, the rear lighting is reminiscent of an artistic signature, rather than an optical lighting element … a sort of luminous signature born directly from the artist’s hand.  

      With the inspiration of Alfa Romeo’s racing history at the core, the Tonale interior design conjures the passion associated with providing a spirited drive through dynamic form and pure sculpture. The interior of the Tonale is very driver oriented and the overall layout is designed comfortably for four passengers. The hand-drawn gestural lines stretch throughout the environment to create a muscular tension, as if what surrounds you is ready to lunge forward. The emotional significance of the Tonale interior is also generated by the contrast of rich materials, such as the cold solidity of aluminum combined with the soft and welcoming warmth of the leather and Alcantara. Inside there are translucent backlit panels, such as the central tunnel, providing the perfect location for the essential Alfa Romeo element, the DNA drive mode selector. The Tonale interior provides an inclusive experience, with details typically reserved for the exclusive. The interior is immersive and welcoming, with the dynamic attributes appreciated by those who love to drive.

      The Tonale concept vehicle is equipped with the highest levels of technology to ensure a connected, comfortable and dynamic user experience, while keeping the pleasure of a sporty drive at the forefront.

      The driver's attention will be on the road, with the peripheral focus on a 12.3-inch full digital cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen central head unit. The new infotainment features a seamless and fluid multitasking interface that allows the driver to have all the latest features and functionality readily available at their fingertips. The Tonale allows the driver to be fully connected to the Alfa Romeo Lifestyle and Social communities, realized and presented through the new infotainment features, “Alfista” and “Paddock”.
        "Alfista” is an immersive Alfa Romeo Lifestyle experience, providing a fully connected interface with select Alfa Romeo clubs and community events, such as gatherings, drives and meets. This in-vehicle app allows the driver access to live news and updates about the current happenings of the Alfa Romeo brand. The customer has the ability to confirm attendance to events and gatherings, order Alfa Romeo Racing tickets, as well as apply for opportunities to win VIP access to special Alfa Romeo sponsored events, just to name a few. “Paddock” is the Alfa Romeo Tonale in-vehicle garage and market for real-time viewing and purchasing of the latest interior and exterior performance upgrades and equipment. The Paddock app also enables the customer to scroll through the latest offerings of Alfa Romeo Merchandise and Apparel, which can be ordered direct with the touch of the screen.
      The Alfa Romeo Tonale is our look into the future of the premium compact SUV segment, creating a holistic creative expression and through the blend of beauty and technology. For Alfa Romeo Design, it is our “opera d’arte,” or piece of art … otherwise expressed as our Alfa Romeo Tonale.

      Authentically Alfa Romeo
      The Tonale marks the debut of the brand in the premium compact utility vehicle segment and does so in line with the characteristics that have always identified each Alfa Romeo model. The goal is to deliver the best driving dynamics in the segment and to apply electrification in perfect Alfa Romeo style. 

      It is the natural evolution of the brand on the way toward propulsive synergy capable of enhancing performance and driving dynamics. Rather than simply adapting to new standards, with the Tonale concept car Alfa Romeo is reinterpreting its own DNA to capture the new idea of beauty, energy, harmony, efficiency and driving user-friendliness. 

      The electrification of Alfa Romeo comes at the service of sportiness and emphasizes the famous "Mechanics of Emotions" mission of the brand. For this reason, it has no need to express itself through signatures or decided livery, but just with small details such as the Alfa logo, or “Biscione” in hybrid optics, a small yet definitive detail that enhances the Tonale. The rear electric engine opens the way to new technological solutions that offer driving dynamics, maximizes the drive and the pleasure of sporty driving. The evolution is also evident in the drive modes managed by Alfa D.N.A. From the beginning on the 4C and through the development with Giulia and Stelvio, it has reached the Tonale and now implements specific energy management functions.
        "Dynamic" mode evolves into "Dual Power" mode and guarantees maximum output from the two engines "Natural" mode continues to maintain the best performance optimization, and the compromise between using electric and internal combustion engines is managed automatically. This translates into everyday energy and fuel savings, but not at the detriment of performance The “Advance Efficiency” mode becomes “Advance E” for performance in full electric mode. So, in line with the principles of the brand, the plug-in hybrid propulsion enhances the beauty, sporty and dynamic driving characteristics of each Alfa Romeo model, taking them to a new level. In Tonale, electrification embraces performance and represents a new way to achieve high performance and outstanding driving fun The infotainment touch screen features an “E-mozione” button, which offers specific throttle settings, sharper braking and a more direct steering response
      Alfa Romeo Tonale
      The Tonale embodies the adventure potential of a premium compact, dynamic sport utility vehicle capable of guaranteeing the adrenaline of sporty driving inherent in the legend of the brand, in urban settings with the same ease. The hum of the electric motor accompanies the genuinely Alfa Romeo roar creating an efficient, exciting synergy at the service of driving pleasure. The energy switch to electric is the latest key page in the 109-year-long history of the Alfa Romeo legend and one which will propel the brand into the future. 

      This is also behind the name chosen for the new concept car. The Tonale Pass, not far from the Stelvio Pass in the Alps, is a large natural amphitheater famous for its majestic peaks, the natural spectacle of frothy waterfalls and snow all year round in a breath-taking natural setting. Directly connected to the Stelvio Pass, excitement and harmony coexist in the Tonale Pass area. The Tonale is an important development under the sign of continuity and geographical proximity, an evolution traced in time in an evocative association.
       
      About Alfa Romeo
      Since its foundation in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles. Born from the world’s greatest driving road – the Stelvio Pass – the Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that could only be from Italy. The award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulia delivers race-inspired performance, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment. Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio feature Alfa Romeo’s most powerful production engine ever with best-in-class 0-60 mph times of 3.8 and 3.6 seconds, respectively. Rounding out Alfa Romeo’s world-class lineup is the handcrafted Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, which represents the purest form of La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion), with its race-inspired, mid-engine design and state-of-the-art, Formula 1-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis.  

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