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Congratulations to John and Laura Greason

Had a wonderful time at Spring Fling with St Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma and Tennessee Alfa Romeo clubs! There are some really wonderful people in AROC! And look! We won trophies in the rally! Now that’s amazing!

Laura

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Alfa Romeo Showcase at 2017 Targa Florio

April 25, 2017 by Sports Car Digest

Alfa Romeo demonstrated its racing heritage at the 2017 Targa Florio, the 101st edition of the world’s oldest automotive race. The Italian marque has an almost unrivalled success record in the Targa Florio; sitting second in the medal table with 40 podium finishes.

Starting at the Piazza Verdi in the capital, Palermo, the three-stage race held 20-23 April in Italy passed through 305 kilometres of Sicilian countryside, including Caltavuturo, Castellana Sicula, Petralia Sottana, Geraci Siculo, Castelbuono, Termini Imerese and Trabia.

A title sponsor of this year’s event, Alfa Romeo provided cars from its extensive collection at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese for the Classic race. Some of Alfa Romeo’s most impressive racing models from the 1960s joined the line-up of historic cars, including an Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ, Giulia Sprint GTA, Giulia Sprint Speciale and 1600 Spider Duetto.
Driven by Roberto Giolito, Head of the FCA Heritage Department, the Giulietta SZ features a distinctive ‘cut-off rear’, disc-type front brakes and tapered nose, offering efficient aerodynamics that allow it to reach 200 km/h. Under the bonnet, a 1290 cc four-cylinder engine is capable of generating 100 HP.

The Giulietta Sprint Zagato has its roots in racing. In 1956, Dore Leto di Priolo, one of Italy’s best known gentleman drivers of the time, badly damaged his Giulietta Sprint Veloce during the Mille Miglia. When he took it to Zagato for repair, Dore requested that the weight was reduced as much as possible, even if it proved complex and expensive.
In response, Zagato removed the panelling from the chassis, fitted it with a lightweight tubular steel structure and covered it with an aluminium body. The result was the SVZ, a more rounded, contoured car with greatly improved aerodynamic prowess that lent itself to success of the race track.
Alfa Romeo transformed Zagato’s design into a ‘standard’ production model, based on a shorter chassis, and production began on the Sprint Zagato in 1959. The model taking part in the 101st Targa Florio is the second version, produced in 1960.

Known for its racing prowess, the Giulia Sprint GTA is similar to the standard production ‘GT’ cars with bodywork by Bertone. However, the ‘A’ in the name stands for ‘Alleggerita’ or ‘lightweight’. The steel bodywork of the standard Sprint GT was replaced by ultra-light alloy panels and 14″ magnesium wheels, cutting the car’s original weight by more than 200kg. A modified 1570 cc twin camshaft engine could produce 115 HP and a top speed of over 185 km/h.

The Giulia GTA was piloted by Fabrizio Curci, Head of EMEA Alfa Romeo brand and Giorgio Zivocci, grandson of Ugo Sivocci, who won the Targa Florio race in 1923 behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo RL. Ugo Sivocci was responsible for the iconic four-leaf clover on Alfa Romeo cars; his car in the 1923 Targa Florio race was adorned with the green four-leaf clover and his victory cemented its status as a lucky charm.

An evolution of the Giulietta version, the Giulia Sprint Speciale was designed by Franco Scaglione to be an extremely low, streamlined coupe with sleek, curvy lines. The Giulia Sprint Speciale is distinguishable by its absence of bumpers and large ‘shark mouth’ radiator and achieves an impressive performance; 113 HP and a top speed of 191 km/h.

The 1600 Spider Duetto features an unconventional design with a low nose and tapered ‘cuttlefish bone’ tail. Boasting 109 HP and a maximum speed of 182 km/h, the Duetto became iconic thanks to its appearance in the film ‘The Graduate’, driven by Dustin Hoffman.

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New York Auto Show

 

Alfa Romeo will present the 2018 Stelvio lineup at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

The all-new SUV will be available in three trim levels: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. All three models have a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, class-leading power and performance, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission with available steering-column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters that knock off gear shifts in less than 100 milliseconds.

The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature the Q4 all-wheel-drive system, standard leather seats, bi-xenon headlights and are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. Both those models accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in approximately 5.4 seconds and have a top speed of 144 mph (232 km/h).

The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti will also be available with a Sport Package that adds larger wheels (19 inch for Stelvio, 20 inch for Stelvio Ti), 12-way power high-performance leather seats including four-way lumbar and power bolster (Ti Sport exclusive), steering-column-mounted paddle shifters, sport steering wheel, gloss-black window trim surround, black roof rails, aluminum sport pedals and footrest, colored brake calipers (red, yellow or gloss black) and more.

2017 New York Auto Show Coverage

There’s also the Stelvio Ti with Lusso Package that adds Luxury Pieno Fiore Italian leather seats with Cannelloni inserts, 12-way power front seats including four-way lumbar, leather-wrapped dash and upper door trim with accent stitching, genuine wood trim in dark gray oak or Lusso-exclusive light walnut, luxury leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum pedals and footrest and more.

At the top of the range is the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, sporting a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with best-in-class 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It also comes standard with Q4 all-wheel drive and has unique styling compared to the other Stelvio models. Standard are 20-inch wheels with high-performance Brembo brakes, Alfa DNA Pro with Race Mode and adjustable performance suspension, torque-vectoring differential, high-performance leather and Alcantara seats, Formula One-inspired steering wheel with red push-button start and steering-column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters. Options for the Quadrifoglio model include ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber-shell Sparco racing seats and an ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material brake system.

Pricing for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio models has not been announced.

“The 2018 Stelvio lineup marks Alfa Romeo’s venture into the second fastest-growing premium segment and an important next chapter of the brand’s rich 105-year heritage as we continue to grow in North America,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo. “From the new Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models, to the ultra-high-performance Quadrifoglio model, each of our Alfa Romeo SUVs delivers class-leading power and driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, next-level technologies and race-inspired performance, plus gorgeous design and breathtaking style that could only be from an SUV born in Italy.”

 

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Fiat Chrysler under investigation in France for emissions cheating, report says

 


Chine Labbe and Laurence Frost
Reuters
March 21, 2017 20:56 CET

PARIS — A French prosecutor has opened an investigation into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over allegations that the carmaker cheated in diesel-emission tests, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday.

“I can confirm that a judicial investigation has been opened into aggravated cheating,” the source said.

The source said the Paris prosecutor had opened the investigation on March 15, after the finance ministry’s DGCCRF consumer affairs and anti-fraud body had referred the case to the courts.

A Fiat spokesman said the company took note of the investigation and reiterated that its diesel vehicles fully comply with emission regulations, as confirmed by the Italian Transport Ministry.

The spokesman said the company would continue to collaborate with the authorities on all investigations and was confident the matter would be fully resolved.

Following Volkswagen’s admission in 2015 of cheating on U.S. diesel-emission tests, several European countries launched their own tests on vehicle emissions.

They found on-road nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions more than 10 times above regulatory limits — for some Opel, Renault and FCA models — and widespread use of devices that reduce exhaust treatment in some conditions.

The French test program has so far led to four carmakers — Volkswagen, Renault, FCA and PSA Group — being referred for possible prosecution by the consumer fraud agency.  

General Motors’ Opel brand was cleared of any emissions wrongdoing by French authorities last week. 

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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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