Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Jeep are Now Skipping the Paris Auto Show Too
The auto show exodus isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Now, three of FCA’s biggest brands have announced their intentions of skipping the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Fiat, Jeep, and Alfa Romeo won’t be in attendance in Paris this coming September, joining a long list of companies that include Lamborghini, BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz that won’t be around when the Paris Motor Show opens its doors.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Slots Nicely Between The Base And Quadrifoglio Variants
With so many models debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, it’s easy for something like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to get lost in the shuffle. But as a fan of the hatchback, I’m not going to let this moment pass without at least acknowledging something that Alfa Romeo did right for a change.
The truth is, the Giulia is probably Alfa’s best chance at making an impression in the market. The 4C, as awesome as I thought it was, has been a massive disappointment for the company. The Mito has barely made a blip and the Stelvio SUV is still a few years away from arriving. So the Giulia is really what Alfa Romeo has going for it, and the more variants it has, the better the automaker is for it.
That’s where the Giulia Veloce comes into the picture. As the mid-range model slotted between the base Giulia and the range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Giulia Veloce finds itself in a place that can appeal to those who want more power out of their Giulias but don’t necessarily have the inclination or the money to afford the Giulia QV. The Giulia Veloce even holds its own in the power department, thanks to a pair of engines options, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine that pumps out 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Refinements on the exterior and interior of the sedan round out the features of the Giulia Veloce.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce isn’t the most important car to hit Paris, but it sure is that and more for Alfa Romeo.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
The Paris Auto Show is usually packed with just about every auto manufacturer under the sun, but this year the show is going to be missing a number of big names. We first learned that Volvo, Ford, Aston Martin, and Rolls-Royce would be missing, and more recently we’ve learned that Bentley and Lamborghini will also be skipping out on the show. That’s a lot of big names, but there’s at least one automaker that will be in Paris in full force with a number of new cars. That automaker is Alfa Romeo, and one of those cars is the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce – a model that debuts two new engines (one gasoline and one diesel) and Alfa’s long awaited Q4 all-wheel drive system. These engines represent the basis for two mid-level models with the gasoline-powered 2.0-liter producing 280 horsepower and the 2.2-liter diesel promising 210 horsepower. But, we’ll talk more about the available engines later.
With these two new models, it has become pretty clear that Alfa has quite literally worked backward as far as releasing models. The brand started out balls to the wall with the Giulia QV and its 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter V-6, and then it announced the entry-level Giulia. Now, we’re getting the middle of the spectrum with these new gasoline and diesel powertrains. While it’s a little backward, these new models should be significantly cheaper than the QV and should provide a price point that makes the Giulia attainable for those who can’t afford the $70,000 price tag of that crazy Giulia QV but want to spend more than $50,000 for the entry-level model. With that said let’s dive on into the new Giulia Veloce models and go over all the details.
Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce.
Alfa Romeo introduced the Giulietta name in 1954 for a series of compact cars that included sedan, coupe and convertible models. One of Alfa’s most iconic nameplates, the Giulietta is known for its beautiful coachwork - done at Bertone, Pininfarina and Zagato - and sporty ambitions. All versions of the car are known to have been involved in motorsport one way or the other, but the coupe is particularly famous for spawning the Sprint Zagato and Sprint Speciale models. The Giulietta was replaced with the Giulia in 1965, and the name remained dormant until 2010, when it was revived for a compact hatchback. Developed to replace the aging 147, the current Giulietta received it first refresh in 2014. For 2015, Alfa Romeo is expanding the lineup by adding a Sprint model, which comes with several exclusive features inside and out, as well as a brand-new engine.
The introduction of the Giulietta Sprint takes place as the brand celebrates the 60th anniversary of the nameplate. The original Giulietta Sprint was unveiled in late 1954, a few months after the standard Giulietta was launched. Although the current car has nothing in common with the gorgeous coupe of the 1950s, I appreciate Alfa using the new Giulietta to celebrate the Sprint and remind us of the company’s glorious past.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo is arguably one of the most under-appreciated compact cars of our time. It’s a solid performer that has been on the market for a few years, but it doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as the Mini Cooper. The Italian automaker hopes to change that with the introduction of the MiTo Junior, a special edition model that made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The MiTo Junior pays homage to the old Giulia GT 1300 Junior, which went on to become one of the biggest commercial successes for Alfa Romeo. There’s a lot of history there to draw from, not to mention some big shoes for the MiTo Junior to fill.
By bringing back the "Junior" nomenclature, Alfa Romeo wants to re-introduce to the world the level of fun this model once brought to the proud Italian automaker.
As far as justified reasons are concerned, it’s actually a pretty good one.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo MiTo Junior.
The first "major" Alfa Romeo debut announced for the 2012 Paris Auto Show is the limited edition MiTo SBK. Only 200 units will be produced, all of which will go on sale by the end of the year.
The special edition MiTo will be offered in two exterior colors - Black and Alfa Red - which will then be combined with three roof shades - black, Alfa red and the new Cristallo white. The new SBK edition will be distinguished by special side skirts, a rear dam, and special 18" titanium alloy rims combined with Brembo brake calipers. The list of standard equipment includes a sporty aluminum pedal unit, Cruise Control, dual zone climate control system, and Blue&Me system.
The new Alfa Romeo MiTo SBK Limited Edition will be powered by the most powerful engine from the entire MiTo line-up: a 1.4 Turbo MultiAir that delivers an impressive 170 HP. This engine will not only sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds, but will also deliver an impressive fuel consumption of just 4.8 liter/100 kilometers. The model will also be fitted with the "Alfa Active Suspension" - a system that reduces oscillation of the car body in all driving conditions.
Alfa Romeo will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the sporting TI (Turismo Internazionale) specification Brera that is due to go on sale in autumn 2008. The TI logo will be applied to the front wings and will initially be available with2.2 JTS (Manual and Selespeed) and 3.2 V6 engines and later also with other engines.
The Brera TI features: stiffer springs and dampers, 19-inch tires, alloy rims, inspired by the 8C Competizione, large brake discs and Brembo red one-piece front callipers with a radial attachment.
The special edition Brera is powered by a 185 bhp 2.2 JTS engine (an up-to-date power unit made entirely of aluminum and equipped with direct fuel injection.
Press release after the jump.
First it was supposed to be called Junior, then after an internet vote was held to find a name the future Alfa Romeo was supposed to be called Furiosa. Wrong again! According to some AutoExpress’ inside sources the new Mini competitor will be called MiTo. It will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn, and UK pricing will start at £10,500.
But where does the name came from? It is derived from two Italian cities: Milan, Alfa’s traditional home, and Turin (Torino), where owner Fiat is based. The MiTo uses Grande Punto underpinnings, but is inspired by the 8C Competizione, with slanted headlights and a shield-shaped grille.
But the MiTo will be far better than the Punto, thanks to a new 1.8-litre turbo motor delivering 180bhp. This will eventually be tuned to deliver as much as 230bhp. Other options include the Grande Punto’s 1.4 T-jet petrol and 1.9-litre diesel.
Alfa Romeo will launch the Junior this autumn at the Paris Motor Show. Based on the Fiat Grande Punto platform, Junior will go on sale in spring 2009 at a price of £10,000.
Under the hood there will be a wide range of engines starting with the 95bhp 1.4-litre petrol for the base version. There will also be a 130bhp 1.9-litre diesel. The rest of the range will be powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.4-litre petrol. Fiat currently offers that engine in 120, 135, 155 and 178bhp forms, across the 500 and Punto ranges. There’s no word yet on which variations will appear in the Alfa, but expect the 178bhp engine to top the range.
The Alfa Junior will feature chromed door handles, both inside and out. Expect the Alfa’s interior to feature the same basic layout as its sister Fiat, but with recessed dials on the dash and a sense of Italian style that Alfa hopes will surpass the Mini’s retro chic.
The beautiful dream that was introduced as a concept car at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show has made it into production. The gorgeous Alfa Romeo 8C has been presented after three years at the recently opened Paris Motor Show in sales-ready configuration. Fortunately, the car closely follows the lines of the original prototype and is most likely to become the most beautiful Alfa Romeo ever produced. The looks are sustained by Maserati supercar technology offering a 0 to 60 sprint 4.4 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph.
Alfa Romeo has announced that the Alfa GT Coupe will receive a mild "Model Year 2007" upgrade that will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next month. The new line will be called "Black Line 2" and it is an upgrade for the Black Line unveiled in 2005. The new line include new 18-inch alloy wheels and cosmetic changes which will see new chrome finishers inserted into the front spoiler.
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