YOU ASKED FOR IT!!!!!
And now we are going to do something "car-connected" and fun,
just to have you join us and have a great day!
On Saturday, February 13th – at 9:30 a.m. – we will be meeting at:
"THE EGG & I" RESTAURANT
2380 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
(map attached above, but you have to look carefully for the restaurant
when you get close to the corner of Orange & Grant;
it is fairly well hidden behind the stores on your right!)
After breakfast, at 11:30 a.m., we will hop into our Alfas and Fiats and go up to:
THE ITALIAN FESTIVAL
at the Maitland Civic Center
641 South Maitland Avenue
Which is being held from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
(we will stay there as long as each of us wants)
WE WILL BE THE "EYE CANDY" and the "ITALIAN TOUCH"
for the Festival organizer: Ms. Giuseppina Moriconi
Please let Gladys Bernstein (our "queen of hospitality")
know if you can make it to the breakfast at the "Egg & I"
as we will have to make reservations for as many as want to come to the PRIVATE ROOM
they are reserving for us.
If you haven't had breakfast at the "Egg & I" it is WELL WORTH the drive, believe us! Great breakfasts!
Looking forward to seeing you at 9:30 a.m. on the 13th of February at the "Egg & I"for either just breakfast
or for both breakfast and the "CRUISE" up to the Italian Festival!
If not going to breakfast, we will meet you up at the Festival.
Check out this Website below – on the VIVA ALFA 2015 show! Great pictures. THANK YOU Again, Terry Rushbrook!
TURIN – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW Group to help fix mounting technical challenges. He will be chief technical officer at Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
An FCA spokesman today confirmed the appointment without saying whether it is a newly created position or whether an executive has been fired or reassigned to accommodate the change.
Fedeli arrives at time when FCA has a number of technical problems to solve. The launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia is months behind schedule. Supplier sources have told Automotive News Europe the Giulia failed to pass internal front, side and rear crash tests, which has resulted in an extensive re-engineering that has added about six months to the midsize sedan's development time.
The first Giulia, a high-performance Quadrifoglio version, was due to launch in Europe by the end of last year with the base Giulia scheduled for a European debut in March, European dealers were told last June.
The 510-hp Giulia Quadrifoglio is set to go in production on March 31, with deliveries to Italian dealers to begin by late May or early July. Giulia models with more mainstream engines, a 2.0-liter gasoline and a 2.2-liter diesel, will debut at the Geneva auto show in early March, but suppliers have not yet been given a production start date.
Maserati's product launch cadence also is off schedule. The automaker's first SUV, the Levante, was supposed to debut in mid-2015 but is not scheduled to go on sale until this summer. The production version of the Levante is expected to appear at next month's Geneva auto show.
Fedeli returns to Italy after a 16-month stint in Munich at BMW following 26 years at Ferrari. He rose to head of r&d for Ferrari's production-car division in 2007 and played a key role in creation of the LaFerrari, a hybrid supercar that sold out before its launch despite a price tag of more than 1-million euros plus taxes. The LaFerrari is also the only hybrid model produced by Fiat Chrysler so far.
Fedeli will report to Harald Wester, who is CEO of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, as well as FCA's chief technical officer.
TURIN -- Alfa Romeo will take two years more than planned to complete its business plan and has dropped previously announced volume targets.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' revised plan for its sporty brand today reconfirmed that Alfa will launch of eight new models but extends the time frame from 2018 to 2020.
FCA's previous plan called for 400,000 global sales of Alfa expanded lineup by 2018. The new plan has no volume indications either for Alfa or for Fiat Chrysler as a whole.
In a presentation on the company website, FCA said that its commitment to Alfa's overall brand and product strategy "remains in place."
The revised Alfa plan will focus mainly on Europe and the U.S. market and will reduce expectations for China where the premium car market is slowing down.
FCA previously forecast annual Alfa sales in North America and Europe of 150,000 units in each region by 2018. In China, where Alfa cars are not yet sold was forecasts for 80,000 annual sales.
Alfa has delayed the launch of its key Giulia midsize sedan due to technical problems. The high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio was due to launch in Europe by the end of 2015 as the first model in the Giulia's lineup. The launch has been delayed six months and the car is expected to reach European showrooms in early June.
The entry level Guilia is scheduled to debut at the Geneva auto show in March but it is not yet clear when it will arrive in dealerships.
Marchionne said today that Giulia production will begin during this quarter.
Alfa's first crossover, which will be based on the Giulia, will launch in Europe by late 2016 or early 2017, according to FCA's latest business plan.
U.S. launches for the Giulia and Giulia-based crossover will follow the European debuts by three to six months.
Other new Alfas -- a full-size sedan, two CUV or SUVs, two “specialty vehicles” and a hatchback -- will not appear until between 2017 and 2020, according to the updated business plan.
In May 2014, Marchionne announced a 5 billion euros investment in Alfa Romeo to reverse a decade of losses and seven years of collapsing sales at the brand.
Alfa's 2015 global sales are expected to be 65,000.
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TURIN -- Alfa Romeo will delay the sales launches of two key new models, according to sources, in a further setback for the struggling Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio midsize sedan will go on sale in Europe six months later than planned in the middle of next year, two supplier sources told Automotive News Europe. Alfa’s first SUV, based on the Giulia, will not come to market before early 2017, nine months later than planned, the same sources said.
The high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio was due to launch in Europe by the end of this year as the first model in the Giulia lineup, Alfa’s European dealers were told during the car’s presentation in June. The car's market launch is now delayed because Alfa is working to refine some safety and ride characteristics, the sources said.
Alfa Romeo declined to comment on whether the launches of the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the SUV have been delayed.
The U.S. launches for the Giulia and Giulia-based SUV are scheduled to happen about 3 to 6 months after their European sales debuts.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Oct. 28 that the company is re-examining Alfa's global expansion because of the slowdown in the Chinese market. He reaffirmed a planned 5 billion euro investment announced in May 2014 to boost Alfa’s annual global sales to 400,000 units with eight new models but said the investment will be completed in 2019 or 2020.
Fiat Chrysler will work hard in the next 30 to 60 days to review Alfa's business plan and the new vehicles may come in a different order to satisfy consumer tastes in Europe and North America, Marchionne told analysts on a conference call on on Oct. 28 after FCA announced its third-quarter results. The revised sequence likely will be announced in January, he said.
Alfa has not announced the details of all its planned eight new models but sources say they include a replacement for the Giulietta compact, a large sedan, as well as large and compact SUVs.
Delays to the first of those models, the Giulia and Giulia-based SUV, mean that Alfa is likely to sell well below the 400,000 units outlined in its business plan in 2018.
IHS Automotive in its latest forecast predicts that Alfa will reach slightly more than 230,000 annual sales by 2018, up from 68,000 last year. Just under 50,000 of those sales will be Giulias and about 23,000 will be Giulia-based SUV, the firm forecasts.
IHS analyst Ian Fletcher said Marchionne’s latest revision of Alfa’s revival plans appears to show that he is "managing expectations" for the brand. Marchionne may postpone the launch of niche models such as the large sedan, Fletcher said. FCA is likely to bring to market sooner the type of models Alfa needs "to enable it to survive," he said, including the Giulietta replacement.
Marchionne said on the Oct. 28 call that the continued weakness of imported luxury vehicles in China had forced a reassessment of FCA's strategy for Alfa, but Max Warburton, an auto analyst at Bernstein, said Maserati’s falling sales may have prompted Marchionne to re-examine his strategy for Alfa.
"It's a bit odd to start blaming China for a fundamental change in the plan for Alfa," he said. Marchionne is probably shocked by the speed of the deterioration in Maserati’s demand. "Maserati was the dry run for Alfa and it has not gone to plan," Warburton said.
Maserati has been hurt by slowing demand in the U.S. and China, its two largest markets. The brand’s global vehicle sales fell 22 percent to 6,916 in the third quarter.
Alfa Romeos are not sold in China and FCA has not set a date for the brand’s introduction in the world’s largest market. Marchionne’s revival plan for Alfa originally called for China sales to account for about 20 percent the 400,000 target. A large portion of the volume projection that had been assigned to China will have to be absorbed by other regions, including North America and Europe, Marchionne said on Oct. 28.
Giulia volume models
The Giulia was previewed in June and officially unveiled in September at the Frankfurt auto show in the guise of the 503-hp Giulia Quadrifoglio version. The Giulia’s volume models, which will be powered by a new 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a new 2.2-liter diesel, are now likely to launch in Europe late next year instead of March next year, sources said.
When finally launched, the Giulia will attack the core of the premium midsize segment dominated both in Europe and globally by the BMW 3 series, Mercedes-Benz C class and Audi A4. German rivals, however, are not worried.
“Who is Alfa Romeo?” Audi CEO Rupert Stadler joked at the Frankfurt auto show in September. “I’m sorry, but we have to define the landscape of competition.” For Stadler, that landscape includes only Mercedes and BMW.
IHS Automotive believes Alfa will sell 22,000 Giulias in Europe during its best year, forecast to be 2018, compared with European sales of 150,000 for the Mercedes C class, a volume of 140,000 for the Audi A4 and 92,000 for the BMW 3 series in the same year.
Even on the eve of the Giulia preview in June, analysts were skeptical about Marchionne’s ambitious plans for Alfa. Bernstein’s Warburton said in a June 18 investors note that the Giulia will eventually go on sale but “we remain unconvinced that it will be followed by a significant expansion of the model range.”
“Fiat has promised numerous re-launches for Alfa Romeo in the Marchionne era. New products and bold volume targets have come and gone,” Warburton said.
Richard Hilgert, an auto analyst at Morningstar, said Marchionne’s 400,000 sales target is over-reaching. “I would be impressed if the brand sold 200,000,” he said.
Said Hilgert: “I think Marchionne set an overly-lofty target as a shock treatment to a patient in cardiac arrest. The idea being to get an immediate dramatic response, but his plan for 400,000 units in 2018 would have the patient immediately get up and run a 5-kilometer race.”
Nick Gibbs contributed to this report