Half a century ago, in 1966, Lamborghini introduced a low, sleek, mid-engine supercar called the Miura. Considered groundbreaking when it was introduced because of its transversely-mounted mid-engine layout, the vehicle inspired a slew of orders despite being shown only as a rolling chassis a year earlier at the Turin auto show.   Designed b...

The Italian carmaker Fiat says its acquisition of the final Chrysler stake is complete, making the U.S. car company a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat.   Fiat SpA said Tuesday that it closed the deal announced Jan. 1 with the cash payment of $1.75 billion to a union-controlled trust fund. That's on top of an initial $1.9-billion payment, whic...

The last time Alfa Romeo sold a mainstream car in the U.S. was 1995. A lot has changed since then in the luxury market, a reality that Alfa will have to reckon with as it plans to more than quadruple global sales to 400,000 by 2018 and ramp up North American sales from (effectively) nothing to 150,000 units per year.   That would put Alfa ro...

The blue and white shop floors shimmer. Machinery is spotless. Line workers in matching white and gray jackets and pants appear ready to enter operating rooms. It's nearly incomprehensible that this factory in rural southern Italy produces the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.   There are few sparks and no T-...

With the shell of the new Sirmax building rising as the backdrop, city, state and company officials celebrated construction of the new manufacturing facility. Sirmax is investing $25 million and will employ 50 people with an average salary starting this year. It is the first North American manufacturing plant for the Italian based company, whi...

I was seated next to Piero Ferrari, Enzo's second and only surviving son, on Feb. 28, 2001, in Geneva. The occasion was the induction of the inaugural class of the European Automotive Hall of Fame. Also at the table that night was a shy, 24-year-old John Elkann, the current chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' holding company (there for the...

di Diodato Pirone   Nell'universo Fiat c'è una grande fabbrica (oltre 1.200 dipendenti) che lavora anche la domenica. E persino il giorno del santo patrono. Accade a Cento, in provincia di Ferrara, dove i reparti dello stabilimento VM Motori – la terza fabbrica italiana di motori dopo Termoli e Pratola Serra – hanno marciato a pieno vapore a...

by Ron Halpert America hasn't enjoyed having a new Alfa Romeo touring the highways and byways since 1995, but the long wait is finally, almost, over. Plans have been announced to bring this zippy little roadster back to the states by the end of this year. CEO Sergio Marchionne released the following information in Turin, Italy, "The relaunch of A...

by Filomena Greco   Italian automotive capital Turin will host Italy's first robotics show, in the spring of 2016. The robotics sector is worth half a billion euros in Italy, growing by more than 6% and with a great potential in the development of 4.0 manufacturing and in the transformation of Made in Italy enterprises.   The robotics...

With lower gas prices shifting North American driving preferences toward bigger vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has accelerated its transition away from passenger cars with an impact on its manufacturing footprint across the globe. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne gave out pieces of the plan to exit the small- and midsize car business in th...