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FCA future models - Ferrari in the electric era

16 Mar 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Once upon a time Ferrari insisted it would keep annual production well below 10,000 cars. In 2019, the five figures cap was breached and in February, company CEO Louis Camilleri said he saw an especially strong 2020 ahead. Now, commencing today, the company has idled factories and put staff on a fortnight's paid leave. Looking beyond COVID-19 though, Ferrari will reinvent itself in the 2020s with all manner of new models, including electrification and an SUV.


FCA future models - Maserati and Alfa Romeo

12 Mar 2020 | Glenn Brooks

This was to be the year of Maserati's (latest) revival but COVID-19 might see those plans torn up. Will the MC20 launch go ahead as planned in May? The marque has a couple of facelifted models due out soon too, not to mention its first hybrid plus an electric sports car. And with FCA's neglect forcing sales to ever lower depths, what will become of Alfa Romeo?


FCA future models - Fiat and Lancia

10 Mar 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Having reduced Fiat to being a force in only Brazil and Italy, FCA is playing a waiting game. A 500 has been announced for Europe but it's an EV only and next year's new Panda might well be too. Against that, there hasn't been much fresh product for the Brazilian market, the brand has been pulled from China and India too, with the US and Canada probably next. If the merged FCA-PSA goes ahead, what becomes of Fiat?


Fiat Professional to plug (in) the Ducato in 2020

4 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

There are only so many ways to conduct the presentation of a new vehicle (one of our number likes to refer to one as 'death by Powerpoint') but Fiat Professional, the light commercial arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, chose a quick presenter-hosted question and answer session with key executives and few slides or videos. But it was clear their thoughts were really on the main event and, after audience and teleprompters rotated 180 degrees, the real star of the show made its debut.


ANALYSIS - MY19 Maserati Levante GranLusso

16 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Three and a half years on from its market introduction, Maserati UK has thrown out the former diesel-only strategy for the Levante, bringing in a biturbo 3.0-litre petrol V6.


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ABB breaks ground on $30m facility for EV chargers

27 Jul 2020 | Dave Leggett

ABB has marked the start of construction at its new facility in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy, which will serve as a global production site for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.


Mild hybrid powertrain for Maserati Ghibli

16 Jul 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The much-heralded Ghibli Hybrid has turned out to be a mild hybrid and the first four-cylinder variant in the model line's history.


Italy inches towards support for its automotive sector

14 Jul 2020 | Dave Leggett

The Italian government is getting closer to announcing measures to support its economy and automotive sector in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, reports suggest.


Neptune engine announced for Maserati MC20

1 Jul 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The rumours of a bespoke six-cylinder engine for its forthcoming supercar have proved to be true, or at least the MC20 being the first Maserati to be powered by a 600-plus horsepower biturbo engine.


FCA agrees EUR6.3bn credit facility with Intesa Sanpaolo

25 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

FCA Italy, the wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and other Italian companies in the FCA Group have signed a three year, EUR6.3bn credit facility with Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy's largest banking group.


Pirelli receives SBTi CO2 reduction validation

24 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has validated Pirelli for the reduction of CO2 emissions, judged consistent with actions needed to maintain climate warming below 2°C.


Italy set to approve FCA loan - reports

22 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The Italian government soon will approve guarantees for EUR6.3bn (US$7bn) of finance for Fiat Chrysler (FCA), two Reuters sources familiar with the matter said, paving the way for the largest crisis loan for a European carmaker.


Enel X expands EV charging network

5 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Enel X has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) charging network to more than 30,000 public charging points, by starting eRoaming connectivity with Dutch EV network operator, Allego as well as Bosch and German company, Innogy.


FCA prepares Comau for spin-off

2 Jun 2020 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announces that Paolo Carmassi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Comau in preparation for its spin-off.


Marelli taps US$1.2bn funding

29 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Marelli says it has secured US$1.2bn in additional funding from shareholder, KKR and Japanese banks in the light of current uncertainty caused by COVID-19.



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