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Volkswagen has been trying to get Alfa Romeo away from Fiat for a little while now, but it seems that their tactics have been less than persuasive and more than aggressive. A Fiat spokesman has even said, "We shut the door in their [VW’s] faces and now they’re trying to get in the window." One would think that would dissuade VW from pushing any further, but that person would be wrong.

Now, in Volkswagen’s attempt to become the world’s largest car manufacturing group by 2018, the German automaker is still pushing the sale and planning on what it would do if successful. Turns out, VW will be utilizing their close relationship with Porsche so that Alfa Romeo projects could benefit from the same flat-four engine that will be used in the Baby Boxster set to debut in just a few years.

If this component sharing is accomplished, this engine could make way for a revival of the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, or its successor the 33. The Alfasud was a compact car produced by Alfa from 1971-1989 and was one of Alfa Romeo’s most successful models. However, before that is even attempted, VW could decide to plop that flat four into Alfa’s newest concept: the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA .

So, apparently Volkswagen is not taking no for an answer even though Fiat has repeatedly stated that the brand is not for sale. Fiat even denied rumors that VW representatives met with local government representatives at Alfa’s Arese plant, calling them "complete and utter fantasy." All we can say is that Volkswagen Volkswagen should take their time with this deal if they ever want it to go through. Remember, relationships are like farts; push too hard and things may just get messy.

Source: Autocar

The Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept certainly proved to be one heck of a model after its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and the fact that Alfa Romeo already confirmed its production in 2012 was just music to our ears. What’s makes this bit of news even more entertaining is that Alfa is also planning a Spyder version of the 4C GTA, which is set to be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If feedback is as positive for the Spyder as it was for the original concept, then the rendering provided may just be what it will look like.

As a reminder, the 4C GTA concept is powered by a 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine that delivers an impressive 200 HP and is mated to an automatic twin dry clutch transmission. With this type of power sitting under the hood, the concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. The coupe version weighs only 1,800 pounds, but the Spyder version will be a tad heavier due to the addition of the roof.

Source: GMotors

The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.

Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.

Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.

As one of the biggest auto shows of the year, the Geneva Motor Show is one of those shows that is expected to attract a huge audience.

Understandably so, a lot of automakers are getting ready to put their best foot forward. For Italian automaker Alfa Romeo , the Geneva Motor Show is the perfect opportunity to introduce their new subcompact model, the 2011MY MiTo .

While it’s not exactly a completely different model, the 2011MY MiTo is nonetheless a refreshed version of the vehicle that promises to have a number of enhancements over its soon-to-be-predecessor, the current edition MiTo.

After its stop in Geneva, the new MiTo is expected to hit dealerships in Europe later this year where it promises to come with new options and technologies that will "enhance comfort and driving feel" for the new model.

Expect the Alfa Romeo MiTo to make its presence felt at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with a couple of special ready to take center stage.

Details on the Alfa Romeo MiTo after the jump.

Alfa Romeo may not be one of the most wide-reaching brands in the world, but that’s not to say that the Italian automaker isn’t one of the better brands out on the market today.

Despite not having the reach of brands like Toyota and Volkswagen , Alfa Romeo still boasts of a fairly impressive line-up of cars, one of which is the 159 model.

Recently, Alfa released a special “Super” edition of the 159, a model that comes loaded with loads of new aesthetic features on both the exterior and interior of the car. While the engine was left untouched – it has the standard 2.0 JDTM engine with 136 horsepower - there are still plenty of additions done on the car to make it worth a second, third, and fourth look.

The “Super” designation isn’t actually a newly conceived concept from Alfa Romeo. Back in the 70’s, the same tag was used for a sports version of the Giulietta .

A little over 30 years later, the Alfa Romeo "Super" designation is back and ready to roar into action.

Details on the Alfa Romeo 159 Super after the jump.

Dutch web page, Autojunk, has posted a suspicious little spy video of a new car that is believed to be the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept set to be revealed in just a couple of weeks at the Geneva Motor Show. All we’ve seen on the concept so far is a teaser image provided by Alfa Romeo, but if we can believe what we see in this video, then it looks like the 4C will definitely be borrowing some elements from its bigger brother, the 8C Competizione .

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be offered in both GTA and Spider versions, and recent rumors suggest that the GTA 4C Concept will be built on the same platform as the KTM X-BOW . A four-cylinder TBi 1750 petrol engine tuned to deliver around 265 HP is also said to be fitted underneath the hood. Of course, these are all speculations at the moment, but the truth will be set free when the sheets are peeled away from the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept on March 3rd, 2011.

In the meantime, check out Autojunk’s spy video and let us know if you think it’s real or not!

Source: Autojunk.nl

Have you noticed that the British market gets lot of cool cars? Especially when it comes about special edition. For example, Alfa Romeo has added a new Mito edition to their line-up. Called Mito Sprint, this new edition has been developed to support the UK Athletics (UKA) and it goes on sale at a price of £13,295.

The new Mito Sprint will be offered in three exterior colors: Biancospino White, Alfa Red, or metallic Tornado Blue and will be distinguished by a rear spoiler, 16” alloy wheels, fog lights, and unique Sprint badge. The list of standard equipments will include: cruise control, leather steering wheel and gear stick, remote audio controls on steering wheel, Blue&Me™ Bluetooth® hands-free system with voice recognition, and media player with a USB port.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from three different engines: 1.4 16V 95 HP, a 1.4 TB MultiAir 135 HP with ALFA TCT automatic transmission and a turbodiesel 1.3 JTDM-2 95 HP.

Shortly after its official launch, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has become quite a successful model. And as customers always ask for more the company is offering a new engine in the line-up: a new 2.0 JTDM-2 equipped with the latest generation JTDM-2 MultiJet Common Rail system.

This technology, combined with an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger delivers a total of 140 HP and a peak torque of 350 NM at just 1750 rpm (with the D.N.A. selector in Dynamic position) and 320 NM at 1500 rpm (in Normal) - giving it the highest torque in its class compared to similarly efficient and powerful engines.

Equipped with this engine, the new Giulietta will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 127 mph. The model comes equipped with DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and Start&Stop as standard, a close coupled diesel particulate filter and a built-in EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system that improves control of temperature and gas flow.

When Alfa Romeo was first founded in 1910 by the name A.L.F.A., they hired a chief engineer whose job was to design vehicles that were more suitable for the Italian market. This man was Giuseppe Merosi and his ideas gave them the A.L.F.A 24 HP and the A.L.F.A 40/60 HP which paved the way for Alfa’s entry into the racing scene. Now the man responsible for the Vittorio Jano Sport Wagon Concept , Marco Procaccini, is paying tribute to the Italian designer with the Giuseppe Merosi Design Study.

This 3-door coupe measures 4,300mm in length, 1,810mm in width, and 1,320mm in height, providing enough room for four occupants. It is distinguished by extremely aggressive lines, a pronounced Alfa Romeo grille, a V-shaped engine bonnet, LED headlamps, and an impressive set of wheels. However, one of the most interesting specifications for the concept is the addition of rear wheel drive, a concept long forgotten by Alfa Romeo after their ES30 (Experimental Sportscar 300).

Chances are we will not be seeing this design study anywhere near an open road, but, somewhere, Giuseppe Merosi is smiling at Procaccini’s tribute vehicle.

Source: MPcardesign

Alfa Romeo is gearing up for the release of its latest baby, the Giulia . It’s a long time coming considering rumors on the car have been around for quite some time now. But in the classic case of ‘better late than never’, the new Giulia, which is expected to hit the production line at the tail end of 2012, is now further along in its development. This poses as great news for fans of the Italian marquee while on the flip side, the sports sedan’s forthcoming release should be a cause for concern from some of its German rivals, particularly BMW and Audi .

For a brand that has seen its recent struggles, Fiat is hoping that Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia sports sedan will be the car that will help the Italian brand recover its place in the auto industry. It’s a tall order for a sports sedan given the stiff competition it’s going to face in the market once it’s released, but nevertheless, Alfa Romeo is confident that they have found the car that will lead them back to prominence in the 2012 Giulia.

UPDATE 04/13/2011: It seems Fiat-Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is unhappy with the design for the new Giulia so Alfa Romeo may have to wait until 2013 to make its return to the U.S. We’ve waited this long, what’s a few more months?

Details on the Alfa Romeo Giulia after the jump.

Source: Auto Express

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