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Alfa Romeo, Plans for the Future

I have news that will make the world sing! Or at least make Alfisti everywhere sing. Alfa Romeo, a brand with an impressive racing pedigree, is hard at work developing two new rear-drive cars to tackle the default German manufacturers.

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First up is the long awaited, Mazda MX-5 based Spider. This has been confirmed by insiders that it will make use of a rear-drive platform. Probably Alfa’s most iconic car, the Spider is something that many would love to own. Open top, manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, a great revving, frisky petrol engine and a chassis developed by Mazda boffins. What more could one ask for?

Next up is the car I have been looking forward to since the demise of the 166 in 2007. This car, known internally as the 6C, will make use of the Maserati Ghibli platform as a base. Insiders claim that the 6C will be a sportier alternative to the Ghibli, which presents a interesting problem. The Ghibli is a sportier saloon than the Quattroporte. Fine, but the 6C is a sportier version, of a sportier version of an already rather sporty car. Right. I will have to reserve judgement when I see the new car in the flesh.

The 6C will make use of of two six-cylinder engines (hence the name), a petrol V6 and a diesel V6, the latter being for those who looks at Sistine Chapel and think “This place definitely needs a new look. Lets paint the entire thing magnolia and add a few vending machines.”. Just no. If you buy an Alfa, you buy a petrol Alfa. One does not buy a Rembrandt painting, open up a tin of orange paint and chuck the whole tin on to the painting to make it look modern. If you want diesel, look elsewhere.

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The 6C will not use the same gearbox as the Maserati, but will make use of its own TCT gearbox. Insiders also claim that along with a four-door saloon 6C, there will also be a two-door coupe version to rival the BMW 6 Series. Oh I want that. I have no idea what that will look like but I just want it. I will sell many many organs just to own a 6C Coupe.

So there you have it. Hopefully by 2016, Alfa will have three rear-wheel drive cars in their line up. The world will surely be a better place after that. Personally, besides looking forward to seeing Alfa heading back to their sporting heritage, I look forward to seeing them back on the map, as a true alternative to BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

The Maserati Ghibli

Here it is, the new Maserati Ghibli, a car I have been looking forward to for quite some time.

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So what, you may be asking, is so special about this Ghibli? Well, this is meant to be Maserati’s more aggressive and sportier saloon in their line up. While the Quattroporte has become more of a luxury barge designed to ferry executives from one meeting to another in comfort, the Ghibli is designed for the driver. It uses a shortened version of the new Quattroporte’s platform and will be built alongside its bigger brother in the Grugliasco plant in Turin. Both cars were designed under the watchful eye of Lorenzo Ramaciotti, a man who designed the previous generation Quattroporte, the current GranTourismo, the Ferrari 550 Maranello and the Enzo. Suffice to say, this man knows his way around a pen and paper.
Another key point about the new Ghibli is that this will be priced in the same territory as a BMW 5-Series and Audi A6. That means that it will be the cheapest way to own a Maserati. There will be three engines on offer, a 3 litre V6 turbodiesel, a twin-turbo V6 petrol and a twin-turbo V8 petrol. Now the reason why Maserati has put a diesel engine in this car is simple, the want to reach 50,000 units by 2015. The majority of 5-series sold are diesels, so the only way to tap into this market successfully is by offering a diesel option.
All cars will have an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with wheel mounted paddles, as is the norm with these big cars nowadays. The car will also be offered with the option of four-wheel-drive, only in left hand drive though.

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The interior will be offered with Italian leather as standard and among the options available, buyers have the option of speccing a Bowers and Wilkins stereo. I say leave that option out, get the V8 and listen to that all day long. But that is just me. The design of the interior is maybe not as refined as the Quattroporte, but is more driver focussed.
Deliveries will start in late summer for left-hand drive and in October for right-hand drive.

Maserati Ghibli to be Unveiled Tomorrow!

The Maserati Ghibli, will be unveiled tomorrow, Wednesday 10th April,on a dedicated website. Visit http://www.ghibli.maserati.com/ if you want to be one of the first to see the new baby Maser.
For those you do not know much about the new Ghibli, it is a 4-door saloon designed to fit below the Quattroporte. When launched, it will take on the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6.
Sources are scarce at the moment, however rumours suggest that this car will come with the same choice of twin-turbo V6 and V8 petrol engines and, for the first time for a Maserati, a twin-turbo diesel V6. More news will be available over the coming days.
The name “Ghibli” refers to a hot, dust-carrying desert wind in North Africa. Originally, the Ghibli was a name used in the mid 60s as a 2 door, 2 seat GT car and then again in the early 90s as a 2 door, 4 seat coupe.

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Fiat’s Plans for the Future

Fiat’s product plan has surfaced on the internet, showing what to expect from the likes of Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat. This plan shows their upcoming models for the next three years.

Fiat, as a car manufacturer does not seem to have much planned for Europe. However, in 2012, they will be introducing the 500 Abarth to the American market, an electric 500, for the European, and very probably the American market. There should also be the next generation of Fiat Panda that will go on sale in 2012. In 2013 they also plan to introduce a 4-door version of the 500.

Alfa Romeo, on the other hand seem to have been keeping themselves busy, and will continue to do so for the next three years. Next year we should expect the launch of the fabulous 4C Coupe, which, if it does make production, should cost about 40,000 Euros. In 2013 the Giulia will finally be revealed to the world, as well as a variant of the Giulietta hatchback (a Giulietta Sportwagon maybe?). Their controversial SUV should also be available in 2013 as well as something called a 5-door subcompact. This is very probably a 5-door version of their MiTo. Then there is a also the possibility of the unveiling of a roadster in 2013, a replacement to the aging Spider. 2014 Alfa plan to show the Sportwagon version of the Giulia and the possibility of a replacement of the 166, which was dropped from the market in 2007.

Ferrari will be unveiling a convertible version of their sublime 458, a replacement for the 599 and an Enzo replacement in 2012. In 2013 a lightweight version of the 458 will be unveiled, as well as a freshened up California. In 2014 the 458 will also get a freshen up.

Maserati, will debut their rival for the BMW M5 in 2012 and in 2013 will see the next generation of Quattroporte being unveiled as well as their SUV. These three cars have a lot of weight on their shoulders since Maserati want these cars to up their annual sales to 50,000 units per year.

Fiat have a busy few years ahead of them, but nothing seems out of their reach. Stay tuned to see more of these up and coming models.

Maserati’s SUV

A new Maserati is always bound to bring a certain amount of enthusiasm to anyone remotely interested in cars. This one, however, may leave many questioning Maserati’s actions.

Rumours regarding a new Maserati SUV have been circulating for a while now, but it seems as though we will be seeing it in the flesh for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The car they will reveal will appear as a concept, but will provide the basis for design for the production model, which will appear some time in 2013.

This new SUV will use the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform, but it is still unsure what engines will power it. It seems as though engines will not come from Ferrari, but, as rumours suggest, Maserati will make use of a Chrysler Hemi V8, producing in the region of 465bhp.  Rumours also suggest that there will even be a Fiat sourced 3.0l twin turbo diesel engine for the European market.

Maserati seems keen to steal sales from Porsche, creating models directly rivalling the likes of the Cayenne, in a bid to boost sales to 50,000 units per year.