Archive for February, 2017

Addition to March 25 Meeting

Gentle reminder to let Larry Benson know if you will be able to attend the March 25 Meeting at Noon ET at 5565 Jackson Ferry Rd, Greenback, TN 37742.  You may call Larry at 865 856-2791 or email him at:  greenback.37742@gmail.com to let him know what accompaniment you are bringing to augment his famous spaghetti dinner.

Larry has planned a two-hour drive for you after the meeting.

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1994 Alfa 164LS and Giulia Quad

Rob Marrow’s neighbor is the Auto Writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  This week my neighbor has a new Giulia Quadrifolglio to review.  Rob took some pictures of his 1994 164LS next to the Giulia showing the last car Alfa brought into the US before a 20-year hiatus and the new car which we hope will get Alfa back here permanently.  

For your viewing pleasure from Rob Marrow.

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Guilia Sports Wagon Scrapped in Favor of Crossover Stelvio

Alfa Romeo has scrapped plans for a Giulia Sport Wagon after deciding that the model would be too much like the brand’s first crossover, the Stelvio.

The model was expected to arrive next month at the Geneva auto show and was seen as a rival to the BMW 3-series touring wagon.

“We have decided not to make a Giulia Sport Wagon. Do we really need it if the SUV Stelvio handles so well? Probably not. With our fine tuning, Stelvio can interest all those people who might have been interested” in the sport wagon, Alfredo Altavilla, head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Europe, Middle East and Africa region, told reporters at an industry event last week in Milan.

British auto magazine Autocar reported in November, based on an interview with Alfa Romeo brand head Reid Bigland, that a Giulia Sport Wagon would be the next new production model from Alfa, and that it would be introduced at the Geneva show.

Alfa unveiled the Stelvio in November at the Los Angeles auto show. Bigland said the crossover would go into production this spring in Italy, and begin making its way to North America — which is expected to be its main market — later this year.

The Giulia and Stelvio are among eight models FCA said in May 2014 that it planned to add to the Alfa lineup by 2018.

Ralph Gilles, FCA’s global head of design, told reporters in Chicago on Thursday that the long awaited Giulia sedan continues to arrive in greater numbers in the United States. He said 600 additional Giulias landed on U.S. shores this month.

The Giulia was originally expected to be on sale in the U.S. by last fall, but didn’t record its first U.S. retail sales until the very end of December, and in January, recorded U.S. sales of only 70 as dealers cope with a slow rollout.

 

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