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FireFly engine sparkles in freshened Fiat 500X

14 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

From variable valve timing and common rail diesels, to the more recent TwinAir two-cylinder petrol units, Fiat has long been an innovator in small capacity engines. So it shouldn't be surprising to discover that the new FireFly Turbo series which is part of the refreshed 500X transforms this crossover.

Geely refutes FCA rumours - what now for Maserati?

20 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Those rumours about FCA wanting to transfer ownership of Maserati, along with perhaps Alfa Romeo to ZGH were quashed by the Chinese OEM a few weeks ago. We know the outline of what's ahead for Alfa but the trident logo brand also needs a reboot. It had a disappointing 2018 and, in common with other parts of the Fiat Chrysler empire, desperately needs new models. So what's on the way, and when?

Can an SUV be a true Ferrari?

19 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Louis Camilleri has a bigger job than most previous Ferrari bosses. Profits are sky high and must stay that way, yet the enormous costs of electrifying certain future models and replacing elderly existing cars plus adding an SUV must be met somehow. Which inevitably means creating more limited-build and obscenely lucrative hypercars such as the SP1 and SP2 without diluting the appeal of the Ferrari name itself.

ANALYSIS – Alfa Romeo future models

18 Feb 2019 | Mike Vousden

We take a look at the future model strategy for Alfa Romeo – an FCA brand that, despite making some excellent cars in the past, has struggled in recent years to keep up with its German rivals.

Stelvio Quadrifoglio silences Alfa sceptics

14 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Will Alfa ever reach the infamous 400,000 cars a year goal that FCA set for it? In 2018, it was less than a third of the way there. The end of the MiTo and the age of the Giulietta meant European retail sales dipped. By contrast, US deliveries almost doubled and exports to China finally rose above the 5,000 units mark. The most expensive model is doing well too. What may surprise many is that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is as good as if not better than the Porsche Macan Turbo.

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Eaton names Margherita Adragna as Vehicle Group president

12 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Eaton has unveiled Margherita Adragna as president, Vehicle Group, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Enel installs 130 charge points in Italy and Austria

23 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Enel has installed 130 Fast Recharge charging stations, which are now operating on long-distance roads of Italy and Austria as part of the EVA+ project (Electric Vehicles Arteries).

Pininfarina 'Battista' EV will have 1,900bhp power

12 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Automobili Pininfarina is claiming that its 1,900bhp electric hypercar  - named after Pininfarina founder, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina - will be launched as Italy’s most powerful and fastest car ever.

FCA commits to invest in EV platform in Italy

29 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

At a meeting between FCA and labour unions in Turin, FCA has committed to invest more than EUR5bn in Italy over the 2019-2021 period.

FPT develops hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for heavy-duty applications

27 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

FPT is demonstrating a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain concept designed for heavy-duty applications during its Tech Dayy 2018 event.

Ionity inks Italy charging agreement from 2019

1 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

Ionity, the joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, has signed a framework agreement with Eni to build up to 30High Power Charging stations in Italy from 2019.

Fiat Chrysler readies PHEV Jeep Renegade

8 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) reportedly said on Monday it had begun to prepare for production of a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Renegade as part of its electrification drive to meet tougher emissions rules.

Pirelli supplies first 21-inch tyres to Ferrari

3 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Pirelli said it was supplying special 21 inch tyres to Ferrari starts for the limited edition Monza SP1 and SP2.

New Ferrari CEO Camilleri lays out his plans

18 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

According to a presentation made earlier on 18 September, Ferrari N.V. is charged with doubling pre-tax profit to between 1.8 and 2.0bn euro EBITDA in 2022. CEO Louis Camilleri has also laid out plans for future models, including an update on the SUV project.

Mahle now fully owns Italian thermostat unit

4 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Mahle Group said it last month acquired all the shares in the former joint venture Behr Thermot-tronik Italia (BTTI) now renamed Mahle Behr Grugliasco.

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