Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Marchionne's dilemma: To sell or not to sell Alfa?

Marchionne's dilemma: To sell or not to sell Alfa?

From AutoWeek/Automotive News. The pros and cons of selling Alfa Romeo to the Germans! This is a big business decision. They are talking about 2-3 Billion euros. One solution posed is for Fiat not selling Alfa, but some of manufacturing companies, which would net the 2 billion that Fiat needs to get free of it's huge debt burden.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fiat-Chrysler to make Jeeps, Alfas in Italy starting in 2012

Fiat-Chrysler to make Jeeps, Alfas in Italy starting in 2012

The Mirafiori assembly plant in Turin will be upgraded and re-fitted to make Jeeps and Alfas starting in 2012. The Giulia sedan and a wagon along with the mid-sized(?) SUV that is targeted to compete with the X3 and Q5. Have the plants production will come to the US.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2011 Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance

The organizers of the Desert Classic just announced that in conjunction with the concours d'elegance, they are organizing a vintage race with VARA.  Hope to see even more Alfas in the desert in February.
http://www.desertconcours.com/racing.htm
Hope to see more Alfas in attendance in February in the desert.

Here are some pictures of the 2010 Desert Classic

Friday, November 12, 2010

Best Of France and Italy

I went to the Best of France and Italy show last weekend and had a great time.  It was Italian sensory overload.  We had over 150 Alfas alone and by some accounts there were 400 cars at Woodley Park in Encino.  By far the largest informal car show anywhere.  The atmosphere was one of camraderie and appreciation of all marques without any of the snobbery of judged shows or concours d'elegance outings, not that I don't like those show also, I do, but this one was special.  The cars that were shown were mostly drivers, some more than others, but all fun.

Here's my photo album of the show and it is by no means comprehensive.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Formula 1 Races Bucket List

Bucket List of Formula 1 races to see.
1. Monaco
2. Singapore
3. Great Britain
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. US (where ever it is)
7. Hungary

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Austin Grand Prix promoter reveals 'master plan'

Formula One: Austin Grand Prix promoter reveals 'master plan'

It's looking more and more like the real thing. The promoter is showing more of the overall plan for not only the F1 race, but the overall business plan. An integrated year around facility. It sounds better and better.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Alfa Powered Viper?

This story is from last week.  A new Viper based on an Alfa platform?
What do you think?

Coronado Festival of Speed -- Sept. 25-26

Coronado Speed Fest coming this weekend. It's part of San Diego Fleet Week.  Celebrate and support our military.  Proceeds from the Speed Fest support the military charities in San Diego. 

The Alfa Romeo Owners Club of San Diego will have a club corral, stop by and say "Ciao!".

Some pictures from last year.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Economist is Upbeat on Alfa Romeo

http://www.economist.com/node/16893212?story_id=16893212&fsrc=rss

This article from The Economist is pretty upbeat about Alfa's fortunes from a financial perspective. The author discounts the rumors of a sale to VW, unless the new head of Alfa, Mr. Wester, fails to meet his 2014 goals. US sales seem to be a big part of those worldwide sales goals, so chances are very good that we will see a new range of Alfas starting in 2012 with the new Giulia culminating in 2014.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fiat dealers likely to get Alfa, Marchionne says

Fiat dealers likely to get Alfa, Marchionne says

The silence is slowly being dissipated, although no real news. Marchionne will be talking about Fiat and Chrysler Aug. 30, but won't be saying anything about Alfa then. Progress?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Volkswagen wants Alfa Romeo, but Fiat doesn't want to sell

Volkswagen wants Alfa Romeo, but Fiat doesn't want to sell

I'm not sure what to make of this article. Should Fiat sell Alfa to ensure a better bottom line for the corporation? If past actions are examined, the Italians would rather "die than sell Alfa Romeo to the Germans", they nationalized the company rather than let it go bankrupt. But would the marque flourish if given the infusion of VW marketing and design? Would it become more Germanic in character and less Italian? Has Lamborghini suffered under the VW ownership?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Autoweek -- Building a business around Alfa lust

Building a business around Alfa lust -- Greg Migliore from Autoweek.
After a hundred years, the Alfa marque still generates the passion for the cars. Looking forward to the next generation of cars and the next generation of Alfisti!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Alfa Museum Saved

VeloceToday.com has a report that the Alfa Romeo Museo Storico in Arese will be designated as a historical site in Italy, thus preventing the closure and destruction of the buildings or the movement of the archives.  This story broke back in March.  Story

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Alfisti.com, After the centenary - Forum - Alfisti Community

Evidently, the big celebration in Italy was a stereo-typical Italian event, in that there was lots of promise, but no organization.
Alfisti.com, After the centenary - Forum - Alfisti Community

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Abarth plans to tune Alfas - Autocar.co.uk

This is interesting news. Fiat's Abarth division will produce some "hot rod" Alfas. I wonder how these will compare to the Autodelta of the old days?
Abarth plans to tune Alfas - Autocar.co.uk

Friday, June 04, 2010

Dana Point Concours d'Elegance

The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance is coming up on June 27.  They will be honoring the Alfa Centenary at the same time as the celebration in Milan.  Alfa is 100 years old!!!  This looks to be a sensational show.  I've volunteered to work on Sunday, hope to see you there!