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Next-gen Fiat 500 to go electric

Fiat will keep the 500 badge alive with an all-electric relaunch in Geneva next year, as FCA looks to sacrifice volume in favour of higher profit margins and some green-car credibility. Speaking with Auto Express, Fiat head and FCA marketing chief, Olivier Francois, said the new 500 will be "a new object...

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Peugeot family ready to back further acquisitions
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Peugeot family ready to back further acquisitions

The PSA Group, which currently owns the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands, is open to acquiring a few more marques for its portfolio, and it has the backing of one of its biggest shareholders. At the recent Geneva motor show, Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group, said he would "love to [have discussions] with people who are looking for deals"...


2018 Jeep Wrangler recalled
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2018 Jeep Wrangler recalled

Jeep Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 model-year 'JL' Wrangler of concerns of a steering fault. The American SUV specialist reports affected vehicles could have 'foreign debris' inside the steering shaft rubber boot, and could cause binding in the shaft...


2021 Maserati Alfieri to debut at Geneva next year
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2021 Maserati Alfieri to debut at Geneva next year

A concept previewing the Maserati Alfieri coupe will make its debut at the 2020 Geneva motor show, the company has confirmed. Harald Wester, head of Maserati, told Autocar the Alfieri won't enter production until 2021 or 2022, though. Wester claims this is because the company is working on updates to its existing volume-selling models, the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, and the Levante crossover...


Fiat Chrysler 'very open' to mergers, partnerships, joint ventures
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Fiat Chrysler 'very open' to mergers, partnerships, joint ventures

Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley has confirmed the carmaker is "very open" to working with other manufacturers in essentially any form, as he looks for "any deal that would make Fiat stronger". Speaking with Automotive News at the Geneva motor show, he confirmed he's "very open" to working with other car makers in any way, shape or form, and is amenable to "any deal that would make Fiat stronger"...


Sergio Marchionne voted 'World Car Person of the Year'
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Sergio Marchionne voted 'World Car Person of the Year'

Sergio Marchionne has been voted '2018 World Car Person of the Year' by the World Car Awards jury, after his sudden passing in July last year. The award was voted on this week by more than 80 jurors from 24 countries, and was presented to Marchionne's replacement as Fiat Chrysler chairman and chief executive, Mike Manley...


Fiat Concept Centoventi revealed
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Fiat Concept Centoventi revealed

Fiat has revealed the Concept Centoventi at the Geneva motor show, a modular electric vehicle designed to shake up the way we buy and specify cars. Built under the 'ABC' formula of car design – that's Affordable But Cool, apparently – the Centoventi is something of a blank canvas waiting to be customised...


2014-15 Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte recalled
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2014-15 Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte recalled

Maserati has recalled a handful of 2014-15 Ghibli and Quattroporte models over concerns about an issue with the fuel lines. According to the company, some petrol-powered vehicles may be fitted with fuel lines damaged during the manufacturing process, creating a risk of fuel leaks. If the issue occurs, the engine could catch fire...


2019 Alfa Romeo Giulietta revealed
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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulietta revealed

Alfa Romeo has partially revealed and detailed the refreshed 2019 Giulietta hatchback, ahead of its debut at next week's Geneva motor show. Two versions of the Italian hatchback will be on display at the Swiss event, Veloce and Executive, both featuring revised designs and some new specification...


Abarth 124 Rally Tribute, 595 esseesse revealed
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Abarth 124 Rally Tribute, 595 esseesse revealed

Abarth has revealed the 124 Rally Tribute and 595 esseesse as part of the company's 70th anniversary celebrations. The Italian performance brand's new models each have a unique flavour, which are both claimed to be "authentic expressions of the brand's racing soul and its glorious past in motorsport"...


Alfa Romeo to show new model in Geneva
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Alfa Romeo to show new model in Geneva

Alfa Romeo is planning to reveal something at the Geneva motor show next month, which the company says should give "a taste of what's next to come in the word of Italian performance and luxury". Speaking with Roadshow by CNET, company spokesperson, Berh Alexanian, indicated the brand will arrive at the Swiss event in "full force" with "something new up our sleeves as well"...


2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia pricing and specs
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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia pricing and specs

Alfa Romeo Australia has released pricing and specifications for the upgraded 2019 Giulia line-up this week, with the range kicking off from $60,900 before on-road costs – a $1000 jump from before. The four-tier line-up remains, but the previous model's diesel options have now been dropped, leaving the 147kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol as the sole engine for base grades...


2019 Ram 1500 gains barn-door tailgate
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2019 Ram 1500 gains barn-door tailgate

Ram has unveiled a new multi-function tailgate for the 2019 1500, as the North American pickup market heats up in new, fascinating ways. The new multifunction tailgate is a direct response to the GMC Sierra's crazy new six-way tailgate and the Ford F150's integrated step and handle. It's made of aluminium, damped, and can be remotely opened...


Dodge Challenger, Charger: Electrified replacements coming "in the next decade"
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Dodge Challenger, Charger: Electrified replacements coming "in the next decade"

The current Dodge Challenger and Charger are old. The chassis on which they're based is 13 years old, to be precise, meaning they're proper dinosaurs in the fast-moving automotive world. They won't stay that way forever, though. Mike Manley, successor to Sergio Marchionne at the helm of Fiat Chrysler, has confirmed they'll be replaced with electrified vehicles "in the next decade"...


2019 Jeep Wrangler pricing and specs - UPDATE
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2019 Jeep Wrangler pricing and specs - UPDATE

Jeep Australia has revealed pricing and specs for the 2019 JL Wrangler, available in two body styles and three trim levels Down Under when it arrives in April this year. The range will kick off with the Sport S, powered by a 209kW/347Nm 3.6-litre V6 engine mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission...


2019 Ram 2500, 3500 Heavy Duty revealed
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2019 Ram 2500, 3500 Heavy Duty revealed

Ram has revealed the bigger, badder 2500 Heavy Duty and 3500 Heavy Duty versions of its pickup at the Detroit motor show, creating the first production truck to top 1000lb.ft (1356Nm) of torque in the process. Although three engines will be offered in total, the headline unit is a 6.7-litre inline-six turbo-diesel pumping out 400hp (298kW) and 1356Nm...


Fiat Chrysler to settle US diesel emissions cases for $1.1 billion
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Fiat Chrysler to settle US diesel emissions cases for $1.1 billion

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will pay out roughly US$800 million ($1.1 billion) in fines, fixes and compensation to settle claims some of its diesel engines cheated their way past emissions regulations. The company had been accused of using an emissions-testing defeat device, like the one used employed by the Volkswagen Group in its Dieselgate engines, which could detect when a car was undergoing bench-testing and alter its operation to emit a legal quantity of pollutants...


2018 Ram 1500 recalled
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2018 Ram 1500 recalled

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall for the Ram 1500 over concerns a loose cable could cause the parking brake to become "difficult to operate". The conversion firm reports the outer cable sheath for the park brake may have slipped through the end fitting. If the condition occurs, the park brake could also fail, meaning the vehicle is unable to be secured...


2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti review
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2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti review

Alfa Romeo has bolstered its Stelvio line-up with a new mid-tier performance variant to bridge the gap between the core range and the full-fat Quadrifoglio – but is it any good?


Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating
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Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been dealt another blow in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests, with the 2018 Fiat Panda failing to score even a one-star rating. Last tested in 2011, the third-generation Panda lacks any form of active safety equipment – with seatbelt reminders the only feature to score points in the area Safety Assist...