Last year Maserati recorded its first profit in 17 years, posting a €1 million trading profit for the second quarter, but according to officials this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Early last year the boss of Maserati’s parent company, Sergio Marchionne, made the bold objective that Maserati would deliver up to 12,000 units in 2011, and we suspect that he’s not one to back down on his claims.… Continue reading →
Alfa Romeo is set for a rough couple of years. The carmaker is on the verge of relaunching in the U.S. and to make matters worse the boss of its parent company, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, has laid down the challenge of doubling Alfa’s sales and turning around the carmaker’s fortunes before its centenary in June 2010.… Continue reading →
Novitec has created some cosmetic upgrades for the Alfa Romeo Spider. A new front bumper and rear diffuser as well as four new oval tailpipes add style while the new stainless steel muffler accentuates the sound. New 20-inch rims wearing Pirelli 255/30R20 tires and an adjustable suspension improves grip.
Beginning in September 2009, the Fiat Group will offer its first-ever semi-automatic dual clutch gearbox. Fiat’s announcement comes only a few weeks after Volvo and BMW released their versions of semi-automated dual clutch transmissions.
The new 6-speed gearbox which Fiat calls DDC (Dual Dry Clutch) has been developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), a Fiat Group company and it’s one of three variants of a new family of 6speed transmissions dubbed “C635”.… Continue reading →
Continuing a tradition which began in 2004 with the introduction of the four-door Quattroporte, Maserati has brought Italian flair and desire to Naples, allowing one lucky individual the chance to return from the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival with an even rarer vintage — a 2008 specially customized GranTurismo luxury performance coupe.… Continue reading →
So the M3 is just a little too raucous and hard-edged, the regular 3-series is too soft and sedated, and you want four-wheel drive traction with your luxo-performance ride? Well, then, Goldilocks, the Alpina B3 Bi-turbo AWD is just what you’re looking for: it adds that little kick that’s missing from the original.… Continue reading →
In a year’s time, most probably at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo will unveil the successor to its 147 compact sport hatch that has been in the market since 2000 having received a facelift in 2004. The 149 will be available in 3door and 5door variants and it will compete in the premium compact hatch segment against the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series.… Continue reading →
Italian firm uncovers plans for retro design drop-top 500.
Fiat’s going to roll back the years – literally. The firm will pull the wraps off a new soft-top 500 at the Geneva Motor Show in March. And in keeping with the city car’s retro design, it will have a similar roof mechanism to the original 500’s.… Continue reading →