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VFACTS August: Alfa Romeo, Infiniti and Volvo defy luxury slump

Three smaller challengers to the perennial German luxury leaders all grew in a cooling luxury market in August, with Alfa Romeo, Infiniti and Volvo all posting meaningful increases over their 2017 results. We'll start with Volvo, which shifted 689 cars and held a 0.7 per cent market share, for 83.7 per cent growth over the same month last year...

Alfa Romeo baby SUV could be built on shrunken Stelvio platform - report

Alfa Romeo will build its new Audi Q3 and BMW X1 rival on a smaller version of the platform underpinning its Giulia and Stelvio, according to new reports out of the UK. Coverage by Auto Express suggests Alfa Romeo will have two new SUV models in showrooms by 2021, the first of which targets the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40 and their fast-growing segment...

Alfa Romeo Mito production ending in early 2019 - report

  The long-serving (should that be suffering?) Alfa Romeo Mito will be out of production early in 2019, according to reports from Europe. There was no mention of the two-door hatch in Fiat Chrysler's five-year plan earlier this year, but Autocar has now confirmed its downfall...

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Carbonio Edition arrives from $143,900

Alfa Romeo has revealed the Giulia Quadrifoglio Carbonio Edition, a limited-run flagship priced from $143,900 before on-road costs. Just 20 examples will be made for Australia, all finished in a choice of Trofeo White or Competitzione Red on the outside. A dark finish for the 19-inch alloy wheels is also standard, along with genuine carbon-fibre finishes for the grille, exterior mirrors, front door sills and the gearshift...

Seat wants to be Alfa-equivalent for younger buyers

Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, says the Seat brand will be positioned as the group's sporty mainstream brand. As part of a move by Diess to reduce internal competition between the Volkswagen Group's non-luxury brands, Seat will be a sporty complement to the value-focused Skoda marque...

Sergio Marchionne: A brief history of his time as CEO of Fiat and Chrysler

Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat since 2004 and Chrysler from 2009, has passed away aged 66 after complications arising from surgery. Known for his straight-talking style, workaholic lifestyle, and love of black wooly sweaters, Marchionne was not a noted "car guy", but his legacy includes turning around not one, but two automakers...

Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne passes away

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler (FCA) until last weekend, has passed away after complications arising from surgery. “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone," John Elkann, head of Exor, the holding company for the Agnelli and Elkann families, and largest shareholder in FCA, said in a statement released in the last hour...

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne replaced suddenly due to ill health

After an emergency board meeting Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has appointed Mike Manley, previously head of Jeep and RAM, as its acting CEO effectively immediately. In a statement overnight, the company announced with "profound sorrow that during the course of this week unexpected complications arose while Mr Marchionne was recovering from surgery and that these have worsened significantly in recent hours", and as a result the outspoken CEO "will be unable to return to work"...

Alfa Romeo Stelvio with rear-wheel drive added to US range, not for Oz

A lighter, cheaper Alfa Romeo Stelvio with rear-wheel drive will join the North American line-up for 2019, but there's no word on whether the new variant will be added to the Australian line-up. According to Car and Driver, the 2019 model-year Stelvio will get a new entry-level model with rear-drive in the USA...

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe future looking shaky

Alfa Romeo could axe the 4C coupe after its 2018 model year runs out, leaving the 4C Spider to carry the brand's two-seat torch. After reports from the USA said the 4C Coupe will be killed in North America next year, Autocar has quoted Sergio Marchionne calling the model's future into question...

2016-18 Alfa Romeo Giulietta recalled

Fiat Chrysler has recalled the 2016-2018 Alfa Romeo Giulietta, over concerns drivers could deactivate the passenger-side airbag using the instrument panel. According to the company, the passenger airbag may not deploy if the driver has disabled or switched it off using the menus in the car's instrument panel...