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Αυstria -0,15
Alfa Romeo 299(1,69%) +96,71%
Switzerland+16,1%
Alfa Romeo 300(1,32%) +42,2%
Germany+17,7%
Alfa Romeo 1808(0,6%) +256,6%
France-11%
Alfa Romeo 1149(0,76%) +22,2%
italy-2,55%
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Greece+7,1%
Alfa Romeo 116(0,9%) +96,6%
Holland+48,2%
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Belgium+1,22%
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Spain-5,5%
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UK-14,7%
Alfa Romeo 277(0,21%) +9,49%

Sport Cars Sales Austria...Top15

1.Chrysler Crossfire 33
2.Alfa Brera/Spider 26
3.Audi TT 23
4.Alfa GT 21
-.Mazda MX5 21
6.Nissan 350Z 10
7.Maserati Gransport/Coupe/Spyder 8
-.Porsche 911 8
9.Mazda RX8 6
-.Mercedes Benz CLK 6
11.Jaguar XK 3
12.BMW Z4 2
-.Honda S2000 2
-.Hyundai Coupe 2
-.Smart Roadster 2

Sport cars sales Holland
2006 Top 15
Alfa Romeo GT 450
Volvo C70 298
Porsche 911 275
BMW Z4 239
Mazda MX5 201
Mercedes Benz SLK 162
Alfa Romeo Brera/Spider 149
Audi TT 139
Jaguar XK 122
BMW 6 116
Nissan 350Z 116
Porsche Cayman/Boxster 100
Mazda RX8 71
Hyundai Coupe 55
 

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Formation of Fiat Group Automobiles SpA

On February 1, 2007, Fiat Auto will change name to “Fiat Group Automobiles SpA.”

Four new companies will be formed at the same time, 100% owned by Fiat Group Automobiles SpA: “Fiat Automobiles SpA,” “Alfa Romeo Automobiles SpA,” “Lancia Automobiles SpA,” and “Fiat Light Commercial Vehicles SpA.”

The current heads of the four brands will be designated as chief executive officers of the respective companies. The operations and the personnel will remain at Fiat Group Automobiles SpA.

These changes are consistent with the new corporate culture at the Fiat Group. In particular, they reflect two strategic decisions as to how to approach the business. On the one hand, the Group will exist as a unified whole, and on the other hand, each company will be characterized by the specific nature of the respective operating sectors and individual brands.

Over the next few months, all Group activities will highlight this aspect by pairing the “Fiat Group” mark with the sector or brand trademark.

The birth of Fiat Group Automobiles SpA represents the next, natural step since the Group mark was changed at the end of 2005.

Inclusion of the word “Group” in the name reflects its prominent role as a constituent part of the Fiat Group, considering the contribution that Fiat Auto makes to Group results and the realization of major synergies with other Group sectors.

The new name also identifies a key area of activity that has recently undergone profound transformation, featuring a newly streamlined structure that is more solid and compact than before. At the same time, it also indicates the synergies linking the automotive business, which has already generated major benefits in terms of operating efficiency, resource management, and cost cuts.

Finally, the name “Fiat Group Automobiles SpA” highlights the international vocation of this large industrial organization. The creation of four companies reflects the attention devoted by the Group to positioning the brands on the market.

The Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and Fiat Light Commercial Vehicles brands each have a specific identity with defined, recognized characteristics, and apply distinct commercial and market policies. Formation of these four new companies must be interpreted in view of the growing distinctiveness of the brands, enhanced value, and reinforcement of their competitive capacities.

The new configuration will not alter relationships with employees, dealers, and suppliers in any way. On the contrary, improved brand name recognition will promote better relations with the sales network, customers, and partners.

To sum up, the objective of the changes announced today is to reinforce the individual brands within the scope of a single and stronger automobiles sector.
 

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I hope this Bravo can continue the success the Panda and Punto have been enjoying!
 

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The Abarth project in the past and the future
A glorious past that continues in the present, a passion that was a winner yesterday and today: this is the concept behind Fiat’s project to relaunch the Abarth brand.
The punctilious revival of a whole world of emotions, victories, style and symbols that made the scorpion logo the authentic legend that still appeals to motorsports fans. A restyling that starts from absolute respect for a past that cannot be ignored, but is projected into the future.
The Abarth logo embodies an approach that contains all aspects of the concept of sportiness, even the most exclusive: this was true in the 1960s, it is true today, and it will be true tomorrow.
The novelty lies in the revival, in a modern key, of all the activities performed in the past by Abarth & C., from racing to prototypes and conversion kits, right down to fashion accessories that reflect the Abarth style.
A whole world is emerging around the Abarth logo, underpinned by a number of values which were responsible for its great success in past decades: innovation in design, the use of cutting-edge materials, attention to detail. And behind all this, an authentic passion for motoring, without forgetting the human and technological heritage, or the professional pride of thousands of people, technicians, workers and managers who have worked in the plants, the offices and at race venues over the years. This was why it was essential to involve in today’s project people who had collaborated directly or indirectly with Carlo Abarth in the past.
The understanding between the two brands has shown clearly that industrial collaboration can become a success story, creating a style that communicates determination, the will to overcome obstacles and achieve ambitious objectives. We all remember the small Fiat models which were turned into entertainingly dynamic cars, by Abarth. Real ‘scorpions’, that could sting the passion of thousands of motorists, with the taste of the challenge, speed and Italian styling.
And today that spirit is ready to come back to life in the new Abarth & C, the heart of the Fiat project. A completely reborn company, with Luca De Meo as Managing Director, and headquarters in Chivasso, which aims to revive the feats of the legendary brand, transporting it into today’s reality, ready to take on the challenges of an automotive world that is completely different from the one that Carlo Abarth knew in the glory days. The new company will operate on various fronts: first of all in the racing world, with rallies, single-brand trophies and cars prepared for private customers. Then the commercial field, that will include tuning, i.e. the preparation of racing kits, and finally, with extensive licensing and merchandising activities.
The link with tradition is not just an idea, but tangible and concrete. A real rebirth, that will start with the triumphant return of Abarth activities to the historical premises in Corso Marche, Turin, where the famous ‘Officine Abarth’ will be recreated.

The Grande Punto Abarth Preview

The absolute star of the Abarth stand in Geneva will the Grande Punto Abarth preview, a true jewel of assertiveness and elegance. The car will be marketed in September, to enhance the sporty, youthful positioning of the Grande Punto. The car on show in Geneva is equipped with a 1.4 Turbo petrol engine that delivers 150 bhp at 5500 rpm, boosted to 155 bhp by the adoption of 98 RON petrol. What is more, thanks to a booster kit, a version with twice as much power as the basic version (180 bhp) will soon be available. This is a revival of a famous Abarth tradition from the past: for example, the Fiat 500 with arrived in 1958 delivered 13 bhp at 4000 rpm with a top speed of 85 km/h, while the Fiat 500 Abarth of the same year delivered 26 bhp at 5000 rpm and a top speed of 118 km/h. The Grande Punto Abarth aims to revive the feats of these entertaining performance cars, offering young drivers in particular an opportunity to enter the racing world in complete safety and at an accessible price.



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Εurope's Best Selling Car

February 2007

Top10
1.Fiat GPunto 32.059
2.Peugeot 207 30.345
3.Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 28.541
4.Renault Clio 28.098
5.Ford Focus 27.788
6.Opel/Vauxhall Astra 26.928
7.VW Golf 25.407
8.Ford Fiesta 23.763
9.Fiat Panda 23.043
10.VW Passat 21.007

http://www.italiaspeed.com/2007/cars/fiat/03/gp_best_seller/2003.html

Gen-Feb/2007
Fiat GPunto 68681
Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 68172
Peugeot 207 64693
Renault Clio 64268
Ford Focus 61781
Opel/Vauxhall Astra 57030
Ford Fiesta 56039
VW Golf 55663
VW Passat 48101
Fiat Panda 47484
 

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The 500 Abarth should be really tasty. If I lived in Paris, it would have been my daily beater for sure. The GPunto Abarth is also pretty nice. I sat in one at the Geneva Autoshow and i really liked the interior, the leather buckets seats and leather dash.
 

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Yeah, I would love it if the 500 came to America...though I'm not holding my breath. :rolleyes:

On the up-side, FIAT Group seems to be doing rather well in their home market lately: Italiaspeed Article w/ Italian YTD market share at 31.73%!

Looks like last month:
The Panda is 'dominating' the A-Segment
The Punto 'controls' the B-Segment with the Lancia Ypsilon 3rd in the same!
The Bravo is 2nd in the C-Segment (#1 is Ford Focus)
The Alfa 159 topped the D-Segment (#2 Passat and #3 BMW 3-Series)

The 159 is also the D-Segment leader YTD! :cool:

Maybe if FIAT Group continues to do well they will bring more then just Alfa back to the USofA! Hey you can't blame a guy for trying to think positively...:D
 
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