Automobiles (FGA) has announced that it is to pursue
legal action against Italian TV channel Rai Due's
flagship programme AnnoZero, for what it
perceives were "highly defamatory and damaging"
statements made during a road test of the Alfa Romeo
following statement has been issued by FGA in Turin:
Automobiles announces that it has instructed its lawyers
to initiate legal action against the producers of the
television show AnnoZero for statements made on
air on December 2nd that were highly defamatory and
damaging to the image and reputation of the company, its
products and its employees and based on a fabricated
comparison. In particular, Fiat Group Automobiles takes
issue with the manner in which AnnoZero portrayed
the performance of three cars, one of which was an Alfa
Romeo MiTo, claiming that the "test", apparently
conducted in the Autumn, demonstrated the overall
technical inferiority of the Alfa Romeo MiTo, on the
basis of speed alone.
sought to give the appearance that it was connected to a
test actually conducted in the Spring, using different
vehicles, by the monthly publication Quattroruote –
the results of which were published in the
magazine’s June issue," the statement continued.
"Incredibly, what the broadcast did not state is that
Quattroruote's overall evaluation of the Alfa Romeo
MiTo (1,368 cc Quadrifoglio version) – based on a
comparison of technical performance, safety and comfort
– was higher than for both the Citroën DS3 THP (1,598
cc) and the Mini Cooper S (1,598 cc).
intends, motivated also by its desire to protect the
thousands of employees that contribute daily to
producing safe, technologically-advanced products, to
seek damages (to be donated entirely to charity) as a
defense against conduct which is both unwarranted and
prejudicial to the truth," the press release concluded.