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original story: italiaspeed.com (2007-12-27)
Alfa Romeo Junior
Italiaspeed.com has a couple of pictures of next years (2008) Alfa "Junior", it's covered by a red blanket, but a couple of details can be seen.

Images of an Alfa 'Junior' prototype have broken cover on the internet today, offering a first tantalising glimpse of this important new project which is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

posted: 2007-12-28 04:52:35
via: Italiaspeed.com (2007-12-11), original story: Automotive News Europe (2007-12-11)
Alfa Romeo
Former Fiat brand CEO and current Chief Marketing Officer for the Fiat Group, Luca De Meo, 40, has been appointed new Alfa Romeo CEO after Antonio Baravalle left the position.

posted: 2007-12-12 00:41:03
via: Italiaspeed.com (2007-12-11), original story: Automotive News Europe (2007-12-10)
Alfa Romeo
Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne mentions in an interview with ANE that it'll be important, for Alfa Romeos return to the US, to produce the cars in North America.

Interestingly, Marchionne also reveals the reasons for negotiating a takeover of Land Rover and Jaguar.

Marchionne also told ANE yesterday that his previous interest in buying the Land Rover and Jaguar brands that Ford has recently put up for sale was partly motivated by the forthcoming Alfa Romeo stateside relaunch. He was interested at the time in Land Rover's US distribution network and Jaguar's architecture and powertrains. He said that both under Fiat ownership would have been used to the benefit of Alfa Romeo.

"At the same time, we felt we would not be able to manage the Jaguar and Land Rover brands while also leading the proper execution of the Fiat Group Automobiles re-launch plan," he commented.

Sergio Marchionne continues to say that Fiat would like to talk about future cooperations with the new owners of Land Rover and Jaguar.

posted: 2007-12-12 00:21:27
via: Automotive World (2007-12-07), original story: Automotive News Europe (2007-12-07)
Alfa Romeo
ANE repports that 42 year old Antonio Baravalle is leaving as CEO of Alfa Romeo, to become CEO of Einaudi, the publishing house of Italy's Mondadori editorial group.

Baravalle arrived at Fiat in 1999, in 2003 he became head of marketing at Alfa Romeo, then in 2004 he was promoted to head the Lancia brand, before he was appointed as Alfa Romeo CEO in September 2005.

posted: 2007-12-07 18:20:21
original story: Italiaspeed.com (2007-12-01)
Fiat Auto
According to Italiaspeed.com, Forbes and Reuters are quoting Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne, saying that talks between Fiat and Mercedes hasn't come to a hold as previously reported.

However, Marchionne has denied talks have broken down. Forbes quoted him as telling reporters yesterday: "The talks with Daimler go forward, as with other constructors. Daimler has never denied officially to have interrupted its contacts with us, it is a newspaper that has written that." At the same time, Reuters was more non-committal about the talks, reporting the Fiat boss as saying: "If (the talks) break off, we have lots of alternatives, from internal development to working with others."

posted: 2007-12-12 18:59:21
original story: autoblog.it (2007-11-28)
Alfa Romeo 147 Ducati Corse
Alfa Romeo has released info and photos of the new 'Ducati Corse' edition of the Alfa 147. Available in black, white or red (with stripes along the sides), with the 170HP 1.9 JTDm engine and Q2 LSD.

posted: 2007-11-29 15:00:12
original story: auto motor und sport (2007-11-24)
Fiat Auto
Talks between Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche and Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne, regarding sharing of platforms, has come to a hold, according to auto motor und sport. Aparently Mercedes thinks that Fiat's small cars cost more to produce than Mercedes' ditto.

posted: 2007-11-25 22:34:36
via: Car online (2007-11-19), original story: CarOfTheYear.org (2007-11-19)
Fiat 500
Fiat has once again won the European Car of the Year, this time with the new Fiat 500. It won with 385 votes, ahead of the second placed Mazda 2 (325 votes), Ford Mondeo (202 votes), Kia Cee’d (166 votes), Nissan Qashqai (147 votes), Mercedes C-class (128 votes) and the Peugeot 308 (97 votes). The Fiat Group has won the award 12 times, the last time was in 2004 with the Fiat Panda

posted: 2007-11-19 16:01:50
via: Italiaspeed.com (2007-11-09), original story: la Stampa (2007-11-09)
Fiat 500
Italiaspeed is quoting Italian newspaper la Stampa that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking closely at the Smart ForTwo launch in the USA, and is considering bringing the Fiat 500 and the Alfa 'Junior' to the USA.

posted: 2007-11-10 02:19:12
via: Italiaspeed.com (2007-11-08), original story: Reuters (2007-11-06)
Fiat Auto
Fiat and Mercedes-Benz are in talks about sharing Fiat platforms for the Mercedes-Benz A and B classes and Fiat getting the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-class platform, probably for the Alfa Romeo 169 and maybe the successor to the Lancia Thesis.

posted: 2007-11-09 00:58:49
via: Italiaspeed.com (2007-11-06), original story: Fiat (2007-11-06)
Fiat Croma FL
Fiat has released pictures of the face lifted Croma, Italiaspeed.com has all the info. It looks like the 2.2 liter petrol engine stays available on some markets, but not in Italy.

posted: 2007-11-08 23:46:27
original story: Quattroruote (2007-11-05)
Fiat Croma FL
New pictures of the facelifted Fiat Croma with Bravo headlights. It'll apparently be presented at the Bologna Motor Show in December. A 1.8 liter petrol engine with 140hp and no turbo will replace the 2.2 liter with 147hp.

posted: 2007-11-06 00:31:03
via: Motor Authority (2007-10-31), original story: il Giornale (2007-10-30)
Alfa Romeo 169
Speculations of Alfa using the next-gen Mercedes Benz E-class platform for the Alfa 166 replacement.

posted: 2007-11-01 18:08:08
original story: infomotori (2007-10-29)
Alfa Romeo Duetto
Impressions of what a future Alfa Romeo Duetto could look like, the pictures are probably based on a Mazda MX-5. Also some speculation on possible engines and that it'll be RWD.

posted: 2007-11-01 19:34:22
via: Motor Authority (2007-10-26), original story: Auto Week (2007-10-25)
Alfa Romeo
Quoting marketing manager Renzo Barbirato saying that future Alfa's will be RWD with the exception of the 'Junior' (and, presumably also the '149').

posted: 2007-11-01 18:12:01
original story: Reuters (2007-09-12)
Alfa Romeo Duetto
Quoting chief executive Antonio Baravalle of saying that he'd like Alfa to produce a new Spider in spirit of the 1966 Duetto to mark Alfa Romeo's 100th anniversary in 2010.

"That would be my dream," Antonio Baravalle, chief executive of the Italian sportscar maker, told Reuters at Frankfurt's international autoshow. "Small, compact, very low, only for two people -- exactly like the Duetto was back then."

posted: 2007-11-01 19:19:33
original story: Le blog auto (2007-04-30)
Lancia Musa FL
Pictures of a lightly disguised face lifted Lancia Musa.

posted: 2007-11-25 22:34:36