Americans can still buy Fiats (with a fabric roof)

T4 firefly GSE 1.3 turbo engine

Americans can still buy Fiats, as long as they take a 500X, with the 1.3 liter turbocharged engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. New for 2022 are a retractable fabric roof on every trim levels, and in black, red, gray, or, for the Yacht Club Capri, blue. The Yacht Club Capri, since you asked, is a …

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Stellantis’ self-driving tied to European projects

stellantis level 3 autonomous self-driving cars

While many drivers don’t particularly like the idea of autonomous cars, at least for their own use, having that capability does seem to be needed for credibility among the non-auto-adept public. Fiat Chrysler chose merely to help Google with its self-driving efforts, supplying cars and learning from what Google needed to modify them; Peugeot participated …

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FCA studio talent for rent; $12 billion in credit; CEO World Tour

Tavares at Warren with Ragalyi, Resha

Stellantis released three stories recently, one noting that the company had arranged for a $12 billion credit facility—always handy, one showing CEO Carlos Tavares on tour, and another announcing that Stellantis’ design facilities are available for consulting by companies inside and outside of the automotive business. The second part takes a little explanation. Automakers often …

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Stellantis’ turn for French diesel fines?

France has, after a years-long investigation, ordered Renault and Stellantis to pay bail before a trial for consumer fraud, with regard to Euro 5 diesel vehicles sold in France from 2009 to 2015. The amount is 10 million euros, 8 million for potential damages and 2 million to assure that the company appears in court; …

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Fiat surprises us with a new modular platform

new modular Fiat platform

Fiat has surprised many observers by launching a completely new modular platform—for its cars in Brazil. Some believe this and current Fiat/Jeep small car platforms will be merged with Peugeot’s CMP to form a completely new Stellantis small car platform (STLA-Small) which can accommodate gasoline-powered, hybrid-electric, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell power along with either …

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Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, DS, etc. get 10 years to prove themselves

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares told reporters yesterday that each brand manager is being given funding and ten years of time to implement their core model strategy. “The CEOs need to be clear in brand promise, customers, targets and brand communications.” If they succeed, they stay—but “they” isn’t perfectly defined. Most writers are reporting that “they” …

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New EuroJeep Due for ’22

If you thought the Jeep Renegade was a mistake, you won’t like what comes next—but chances are you won’t ever see one in person, anyway. The Jeep Renegade was originally to share an existing Fiat platform, but Jeep chief (and later FCA CEO) Mike Manley demanded that it be redone to earn a Trail Rated …

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Giorgio is being converted to STLA Large

Several publications recently ran stories on the death of the sort-of-new Giorgio platform, designed to support medium-sized and large cars and crossovers for Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Jeep, and possibly Chrysler. The reality appears to be different: Giorgio has simply been brought into a new naming system, which simply calls its platforms Small, Medium, Large, and …

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The changed future of Alfa Romeo

Under Sergio Marchionne, projects changed and shifted constantly in response to CEO whims and market research; and platform names could be confusing and inconsistent (Giorgio, for example, being named largely to give the impression it was created solely by and for Alfa Romeo). FCA was also prone to rushing cars out to market before they …

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