ITALY AND SERGIO MARCHIONNE ON COLLISION COURSE? WHO IS AT ODD WITH WHOM?

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by Giancarlo Perini. (C)

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Sergio Marchione, S.M. (acronim of Sua Maestà, Italian for His Majesty as he is referred to at his Italian headquarter) has been unusually quiet and silent in recent months.
This is surprising but meaningful. What is in store for Fiat and «Sergio», as they Americans like to call him?
This is what I wrote last July, when he was still confident he would win all his battles and eventually be able to play on all tables his own game. Read the rest of this entry »

Skeptics Doubt Reports Fiat Investing €1.5 Billion in Maserati SUV Output

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Why industry insiders wonder how Fiat Group can afford to make such a risky investment when it is cutting costs on everything, including delaying development of vital products such as the Punto and Mito range. read more

http://wardsauto.com/management-amp-strategy/skeptics-doubt-reports-fiat-investing-15-billion-maserati-suv-output

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MASERATI PRODUCTION MAY MOVE TO BERTONE.

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Maserati A6 G_54GT, 1955 (11) AD

Reports published in Modena by the local newspaper suggest that Fiat Spa has plans to dramatically increase output of its Maserati brand raising annual volume to some 50 thousand units with the launch of new rear wheel driven models sharing platform with the new Chrysler 300 and a derivative Alfa Romeo model. Read the rest of this entry »

VOLKSWAGEN INVEST INTO ITALDESIGN-GIUGIARO. PART 2 – A COMMENTARY.

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A commentary.

GG+ cars of the early 70ies

In the mid-sixties, the Milanese Inter foot-club was dominating the scene in Europe, under the leadership of coach Helenio Herrera and the ownership of Angelo Moratti. Herrera had a lot of talent and a simple, pragmatic strategy: buy all the best players, even if he could not use all of them. Read the rest of this entry »

BERTONE PANDION FOR THE 2010 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW.

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Bertone has announced that the dream car they have designed over the Maserati chassis shared by the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione will be named Pandion. The choice is consequent with Bertone’s tradition of naming their spectacular show car with animal names, such as the Alfa Romeo Testudo, Canguro, Carabo and Delfino. Read the rest of this entry »

FIAT CALL ON ITALIAN COACHBUILDERS TO GIVE ALFA ROMEO A LAST CHANCE.

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The two-seater spider/roadster by Pininfarina

In addition to the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulietta, designed in house, there will be at least two more Alfa Romeo dream-cars to look and scrutinize at the Geneva Motor Show opening early this March. Read the rest of this entry »

EVERYTHING (ALMOST) YOU WANT TO SEE OF THE 2009 CONCORSO D’ELEGANZA DI VILLA D’ESTE.

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The Concorso d’Eleganza di Villa d’Este this years has been as good as the weather. That is to say that half of it was very good, with peaks of excellence, and the remaining half was bad, raining and boring, with touches of ugliness.

 

 

 By the end of the elegant week-end on the Lake of Como, one would say it was not one the best edition ever but still offered enough interesting cars to look at, people to greet and talk to, and subjects to discuss.

 

 

 

As such it was one not to be missed. Those who did not attend it missed the extremely rare chance of hearing the sibilo and smelling the pollution of its turbine engine, not to mention seeing this extraordinary visualisation of the dreams about the cars of the future they were dreaming in the fifties and sixties.

BERTONE SPICUP - BMW 2800, 1969

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JASON CASTRIOTA AND STILE BERTONE SUPPORT “TEASER ON THE WEB” SITE.

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The all-new website http://www.insideprojectm.com/ is proposing today to “be a part of the top secret world of car design with Jason Castriota” by joining what it is called “Project M” (for Marie Jeanne Bertone?). However, at least at this time, there is not much about the project itself but a short video summing up the history of Nuccio Bertone and the independent design company he founded under the name of Stile Bertone.

The first comment from a “navigator” identified by a yellow Miura and by the name “dogeared” was: “The video was pretty good a bit fancy pants for my taste but I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the episodes.” Read the rest of this entry »

ALFA ROMEO TO LAUNCH NEW 8C COMPETIZIONE GTA.

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According to unofficial but well informed sources, Alfa Romeo is working at a new development of its limited edition and very successful Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The Alfa 8C GTA.

Official sources declined to comment on the rumour but rather than denying the report they simply say “no comment”.

Declining to comment on plans for a new successor, while the current one is still on sale, is not simply a practice by all manufacturers but is a must, if they want to survive.

Every single unit of the lot of “500 only” limited production Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, has been sold but a good share of the production has still to be delivered and the first 8C Competizione are due to reach the U.S.A. only next month – May, 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

ALFA ROMEO 8C COMPETIZIONE ON THE ROAD.

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On the occasion of the delivery of the first Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, tet me share with you this report I compiled last year for few motoring mazaines around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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