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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 9, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 9, 2016

Hi there, Tegan Lawson with your CarAdvice news update. Here’s what’s been making headlines this week. The 2018 Holden Commodore has been revealed. Official images have been released showing what our first fully imported Commodore will look like...

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Fiat Chrysler chooses CES over Detroit for techy new debut - report
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Fiat Chrysler chooses CES over Detroit for techy new debut - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will stage a big unveiling at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a new report suggests, instead of the following week's Detroit motor show - the biggest motor show on America's calendar...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: Australian line-up confirmed ahead of February launch
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: Australian line-up confirmed ahead of February launch

Initial specifications for the Australia-bound 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia have been announced this week ahead of the all-new sedan's local launch in February. Alfa Romeo's competitor to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series will be offered in four trim levels, with four different powertrains and the highest adult occupant protection score ever achieved in Euro NCAP crash testing history...


Alfa Romeo going properly premium in Australia: Big plans, no compromises
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Alfa Romeo going properly premium in Australia: Big plans, no compromises

It would not be accurate or fair to say that Alfa Romeo has disappeared in Australia, but the availability of only two models and just 665 sales this year has made it something of a phantom on the new-car market. In reality, the brand has been treading water. The Giulietta, although recently updated, is an ageing car that does not best represent the brand's aspirations...


New Fiat Chrysler Australia boss ready to turn local operation around: 'Work to do on customer perception'
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New Fiat Chrysler Australia boss ready to turn local operation around: 'Work to do on customer perception'

"I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into," says new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia boss, Steve Zanlunghi, about the challenge he faces in righting the ship. Announced as Pat Dougherty's successor in August, Zanlunghi quickly went about tearing down what he considered a "cute, funny" marketing campaign in the Jeep brand's "You bought a Jeep?" series of TV commercials...


Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio revealed: Wraps come off 285km/h Italian SUV in LA
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio revealed: Wraps come off 285km/h Italian SUV in LA

The covers have been taken off the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio at the Los Angeles motor show this week, unveiling the brand's first SUV - including, as expected, a high-performance QV model. Launching with three models and two engines, the Stelvio is set to usher in a new era for the Italian brand with class-leading performance options...


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio revealed: Leaked images and details
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio revealed: Leaked images and details

UPDATE: The Stelvio has now gone official. Get all the details here. The very, very long-anticipated 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been given an early unveiling through a series of leaked images, just hours out from its official premiere in Los Angeles. If nothing else, these images confirm that the wealth of speculative renderings that have surfaced online since the Giulia sedan's debut last year were mighty close to the mark...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV in hot demand ahead of February launch: Initial Australian details released
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV in hot demand ahead of February launch: Initial Australian details released

If new details from the Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler are to be believed, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is already proving popular with local buyers, months before its February launch. Pricing for the Italian company's M3-fighter hasn't been revealed yet, but, according FCA Australia, that hasn't stopped more than 100 locals placing orders for the fastest sedan to lap the famed Nurburgring circuit...


Mopar integral to FCA customisation, but not for Alfa Romeo
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Mopar integral to FCA customisation, but not for Alfa Romeo

With Mopar parts being utilised across the Fiat Chrysler universe, it's worth asking whether we'll see Mopar-branded parts fitted to very Italian Alfa Romeos. After all, we've driven an MX-5-based Abarth 124 Spider recently, and if you look closely at the Abarth 595, for example, you'll see Mopar stamping. Same goes for the car on which it is based, the Fiat 500...


Alfa Romeo Giulia to gain wagon variant from late 2017 - report
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Alfa Romeo Giulia to gain wagon variant from late 2017 - report

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will reportedly gain a wagon variant in order to improve its appeal to European customers. Anonymous sources within Fiat Chrysler (FCA) have told Automotive News Europe that the Giulia wagon is slated to be introduced into the European market from late 2017...


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio spied revealing more details
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio spied revealing more details

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been spied again on public roads, but this time it has shed much of its disguise. While a company video in August accidentally revealed the design of the headlights, grille, and front bumper, this heavily camouflaged vehicle presents us with our first decent look at the car's sides and rear...


Mille Miglia, barn finds and Alfa Romeo
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Mille Miglia, barn finds and Alfa Romeo

Read the full article here. Not even a torrential downpour was enough to dull our enthusiasm as we made our way towards Brescia, for the start of one of the world’s most celebrated historic road races, Italy’s Mille Miglia. It’s an International automotive extravaganza dating back to 1927, when the first 1000-mile loop kicked off from Brescia in Italy’s north, down to Rome via Rimini, and back up to Brescia via Parma...


Incoming new Alfa Romeos comparable to Maserati product, boss claims
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Incoming new Alfa Romeos comparable to Maserati product, boss claims

The new boss of Fiat Chrysler Australia says the upcoming revolution of Alfa Romeo will see the brand compete head-to-head with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, with its future offerings more akin to Maserati than Alfa models of old...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta detailed ahead of October debut: Super, Veloce badges return
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta detailed ahead of October debut: Super, Veloce badges return

Initial pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range has been revealed ahead of the new hatch’s Australian launch in October. Starting at $29,900 plus on-road costs (+$900) for the entry-level Giulietta Super variant, the updated range receives revised styling treatments, upgraded equipment levels along with higher-quality interior trims and finishes...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce: faster AWD variant announced
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce: faster AWD variant announced

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, a new all-wheel drive variant of the BMW 3 Series challenger, was revealed overnight. Buyers of the Veloce have a choice between high output versions of the company's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engines. The new-to-Europe performance version of the 2...


2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio shown by accident in company video
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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio shown by accident in company video

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand's first SUV, has been shown with less disguise during an official company video. Yesterday Fiat Chrysler posted a mini-documentary, on its YouTube account, about the construction of the Giulia at the company's factory in Cassino, Italy. Just over a minute into the video there's a shot of a pre-production version of the Stelvio SUV making its way through the factory...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio snatches back sedan record at the Nurburgring
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio snatches back sedan record at the Nurburgring

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has regained its production sedan record around the Nurburgring Norschleife after posting a 7:32 lap. Back in September 2015, the Giulia Quadrifoglio captured the sedan record with a 7:39 lap in a manual version of the vehicle...


2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio locked in for November debut at LA motor show
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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio locked in for November debut at LA motor show

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November, according to a teaser image released by the company. On the “save the date” notice, a dark silhouette of the brand’s first SUV is visible, showing a sloping roofline and a long bonnet - something that we have seen on the prototypes spied testing over the past year...


Mille Miglia, barn finds and Alfa Romeo

Mille Miglia, barn finds and Alfa Romeo

Not even a torrential downpour was enough to dull our enthusiasm as we made our way towards Brescia, for the start of one of the world’s most celebrated historic road races, Italy’s Mille Miglia. It’s an International automotive extravaganza dating back to 1927, when the first 1000-mile loop kicked off from Brescia in Italy’s north, down to Rome via Rimini, and back up to Brescia via Parma...