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"Baby" Lamborghini L140 prototype caught while out testing. Clothed in
Diablo bodywork the smaller size of this new mid-size sportscar can be
clearly seen along with revised front and rear ends.
The new medium-size Lamborghini L140 is expected to be released late next year and compete head-to-head with the Ferrari 360 Modena. Heavily influenced by parent company Audi, it will incorporate an all-new V10 engine and 6-speed F1-style Sequential gearbox.
Fiat unveil Abarth-branded performance models: the Punto Abarth and Seicento Abarth feature higher cosmetic and trim levels, while the previously displayed Stilo Abarth features higher equipment levels.
Two rally variants, the GpN
Abarth Rally and the Super 1600 Punto
Abarth Rally were also on display.
28th November 2001: Ferrari F60 prototype caught testing around Maranello
|A special effects laden TV advert for the Alfa 147, which featured the 147 driving through a "twister" and emerging unscathed will raise the profile of the Alfa 147 model range.|
|Lamborgini unveil the replacement
for the ageing Diablo, the Murcielargo, designed in house with significant
technical imput and assistance from parent company Audi.
Styled by a Belgian Audi designer, the Murcielargo, similar in size to the Diablo, has fashionable "stealth" look styling cues with a rear end reminiscent of the Countach and features much improved driveability over the Diablo, while the cockpit head & legroom have been increased to aid comfort, and the clutch and drivetrained lightened in a programme to reduce weight all round.
The 5.0 litre V12 is revised heavily with an all new bottom end, and power increase is assisted by the addition of variable valve timing. One novel feature are the air intakes behind of the rear quater windows which extend out at speed.
the GTA designation relaunched with the recent debut of the Alfa 156 GTA is to be extended with the introduction of the Alfa 147 GTA, scheduled for release at the Paris Motorshow 2002 with models hitting the showrooms later that year
using the same 3.2 V6 engine which made its debut in the 156 GTA ( modified from the standard 3.0 V6 unit, with new crank, rods & pistons and a reworked head including revised ports and new valves ), as well as ECU re-mapping, means it should give out 250bhp, be capable of 0-60mph in 6 seconds and a top speed of around 150mph, all significant power increases on a range available to date with a maximum engine size of 2-litres
the six-speed manual gearbox, recently launched in the Stilo should be available along with the semi-automatic Selespeed unit
in common with the 156, the 147 GTA will feature revised suspension with a wider track, 17in ( 18in will be available as an option ) wheels & 225/45 tyres; special brake pads fitted to bigger Brembo brakes & discs are also adopted
the 147 GTA will feature revised cosmetic treatment: slightly deeper front & rear bumpers; at the front the fog lamps are relocated, the lower air intakes are increased in size and smaller additional air intakes are located between the ( new more powerful ) headlights and the grille, while at the rear the exhaust will feature twin chrome tailpipes, the deeper bumper cut out to accomodate; the wings are mildly flaired to accomodate the wider track
the interior will feature sports seats and a sports steering wheel and will have a general mild upgrade
the new car, has recently been spotted testing at the old Nurburgring circuit in Germany
GTA branding will eventually be introduced across the range, the new Pinninfarina
styled GTV/Spider, due in 2003 on the Fiat/GM "Premium" joint platform
will incorporate the branding, followed by the new 156 in 2005 and eventually
a GTA designation added to the 166 replacement in 2006.
26th September 2001: Ferrari revise 550 Maranello
Ferrari are to introduce a "revised" version of the 550 Maranello, the first such revision since its 1996 launch, which will be launched at next years Paris Motorshow
featuring the F1 based 6-speed electronically automated manual gearbox, originally scheduled to be fitted from the start, but only now deemed reliable enough after a long test and developement programme; the suspension has also been tweaked for improved road holding and to reduce noise
visually, the bonnet air
scoop has been increased in size and the front grille restyled
During the first half of
the year, the Fiat Group made further progress towards the achievement
of its full year objectives of increasing profitability and reducing debt
Consolidated revenues increased to more than 30,500 million Euros Ė 2.5 per cent more than last year.
Consolidated operating income improved to 528 million Euros, up 11.2 per cent from the 475 million Euros earned in the first six months of 2000.
The Groupís interest in net income rose to 383 million Euros, compared with 141 million Euros in 2000.
Net gains exceeded those earned in 2000 by about 193 million Euros.
At 30 June 2001, the net financial position showed the Groupís debt has reduced by 1 billion Euros since 2000.
breakdown of divisional performances and financial results
|Alfa Romeo announce that the first 156 GTA saloon off the production line, chassis no 0001, will be auctioned over the internet to raise money for charity, the auction, to end on the 22nd September, will take place at internet auctioneers, eBay ( http://www.ebay.co.uk )|
|In a lavish ceremony infront of an select audience of invited guests and journalists, the new Lamborghini Murcielargo, replacement for the long serving Diablo, was unveiled at the foot of the Mount Etna Volcano in Sicily, followed by a further, larger ceremony at the Sant'Agata factory.|
- the show was of significance to the Italian
Auto Industry with a number of exciting new models on display for the first
time, led by the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA...
The eagerly awaited Alfa Romeo 156 GTA ( below ) was shown to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in both saloon and Sportwagon guises along with the 5-door version of the 147.
The Thesis dominated the Lancia stand was available for detailed examination for the first time and included versions with a 3.0 V6 and 2.4 JTD engines.
Maserati unveiled publicly the 3200 GT Coupe based Spider and announced a one make race series
Fiat had a large display of the new Stilo range including the Abarth badged variant while Ferrari displayed their current production range as well as Michael Schumacher's current F2001 Formula 1 car.
See & read about the 2001 Frankfurt Motorshow in full detail.
Initially developed without
Ferrari's imput for FIA GT Racing, the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello has
received belated factory assistance and interest in customer versions for
next year have been expressed already after the new car's promising debut
|see more of the FIA GT Championship contending, Prodrive developed Ferrari 550 Maranello >>>|
|Due for official release later in the year, the Lamborghini Diablo replacement is caught out testing.|
following on from his 2000
World championship title, Michael Schumacher clinches the 2001 Formula
1 Drivers World Championship for Ferrari at the Hungarian Grand prix, read
it in full detail in sports news
15th August 2001: first ever Alfa Romeo finds new home
the first official "Alfa
Romeo", the G1, finds a new home with the Australian Alfa Romeo importer
who aim to restore it & then display it around the country, read
12th August 2001: first official release of photo & information of 156GTA and Sportwagon GTA
the heritage of the GTA name the official press release mentions only briefly
the technicals details: powerplant will be a 3.2 litre V6 24v engine, brakes
improved, all new suspension geometry, more direct steering, 17in wheels
with 225/45 tyres fitted, and a choice of two transmissions: a conventional
mechanical or a hydraulically assisted Selespeed unit
visually there are new front and rear bumpers, larger wheel arches and twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
management of Fiat Auto sporting events has been assigned to N Technology
SpA. The new company began managing the development and planning of
'Fiat Auto Sporting Activitiesí on 1 July 2001.
Shareholding is split between Mauro Sipsz (Nordauto) who owns 40 per cent, Andrea de Adamich (Dorado) 40 per cent and Fiat Auto which holds the remaining 20 per cent.
|the Lancia Lybra Executive
is added to the Lybra range: as well as increased luxury and added options
( including heated seats, rain sensor, electric retracting door mirrors,
tinted windows, bigger alloy wheels, steering wheel controls for stereo,
etc ), two new engines are added, the 2.0 litre 20V five cylinder ( with
150 bhp in this application ) and the 2.4 litre 5-cylinder JTD engine (
with 140 bhp ).
Also reported is that Lybra stationwagon sales accounted for 65% of total Lybra sales in 2000
the 3200GT based Spyder features a 220mm shorter wheelbase and chassis strengthening to compensate for the loss of the roof. The engine is a new unit designed and built by Ferrari at Maranello, a 4244cc V8 unit with four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing on the inlet valves and produces 390 bhp at 7000 rpm. The transmission has been relocated to the rear to form a single unit with the differential. Comes with option of conventional six-speed gearbox or F1-style unit with steering wheel paddles and hydraulic actuators
performanced is claimed to
be under 5 seconds for 0-100 km/h with a top speed of 283 km/h
|Alfa Romeo and Lancia, Fiat's
sporting and executive car brands, are to spearhead a drive by the Italian
automotive group to lift annual car sales and production to the 4m mark
- from this year's expected 2.6m - before the end of this decade.
- Alfa Romeo to return to
USA by 2005 with full after sales backup in place
Fiat announce the launch
of the Punto Abarth, mechanically indentical to the HGT, it features
design differences on the interior ( new steering wheel, pedals & gearknob
) and on the exterior ( new alloy wheels, bumpers, side skirts & spoilers
the Alfa Romeo 147 appeared with three new variants: a 5-door version, and manual 2.0 litre and 1.9 JTD ( 115 bhp ) engine options. This now gives the 147 one of the broadest range of options in the sector: three or five doors, three petrol and one diesel engines and manual or Selespeed gearboxes, together with 14 colour choices and two specification levels ( "progressive" and "distinctive" ) allowing 17 different models to now be offered
the two Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon models on display are fitted with interesting new technology: the top of the range 156 2.5 V6 24V is fitted with the new innovative Q-System which offers a four speed box with three options ( Sport, City and Ice ) possibly to be offered alongside a manual six-speed gearbox, while the other car a 156 2.4 JTD features a Common Rail high pressure direct injection device. >>> Read about all these systems in full detail
the Alfa Romeo 166 on display is fitted with the new Vehicle Dynamic Control ( VDC ) system which allows the car to monitor tyre grip vertically & horizontally ) on the road continually and cuts in when stability is at risk to assist the driver with control in corners
the Fiat Stilo, replacement
for the Bravo/Brava ranges makes its public debut in 3-dr & 5-dr variants,
about the Stilo in detail
||the replacement for the Bravo and Brava, the Stilo ( code name "192" ), will make its debut at the Geneva Motorshow at the beginning of March, in three and five door versions|
the new Lancia Thesis,
replacement for the Kappa, which is due to be launched at the Geneva Motor
this prototype Spyder based around the Maserati 3200GT caught testing. Expected to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2001, rumour has it that it will be powered by an all new 4.0 litre V8 normally aspirated motor, with a shorter wheelbase and much revised steering & suspension
Alfa Romeo sold 174,894 units
( 1.2% of the market, a decrease of 2.5% over 1999 )
Fiat sold 1,122,627 units ( 7.6% of the market, an increase of 1.3% over 1999 )
Lancia sold 173,662 units ( 1.2% of the market, an increase of 21.8% over 1999 )
Ferrari sold 4,072 cars
October 2000: New car from Fiat, the "Doblo", will go on sale in November
|Details as shown at the Paris Motor Show of the latest new Fiat, the Doblo. The mechanicals ( chassis, engine & suspension ) are taken from the Palio Station Wagon. It has just entered production in Turkey and will rapidy become available worldwide, starting in Italy in November.|
|revised Lancia Ypsilion
goes on show
also Lancia Nea Concept Car goes on show: developed at the Fiat Research Centre, the Nea is built using composite materials, including the visually striking transparent roof. It is loaded with technology including, DVD, internet, mp3 player, communications, navigation, four wheel steering, automatic control systems, parking sensors, etc. It possibly points towards direction of the future Delta models
the Palio and Siena
models receive facelift for South American markets, main difference being
front and rear redesign with new headlamps similar to Punto. Engines available
now are the 1.0 & 1.3 FIRE and 1.6 Torque units
the last Fiat 126
model finally rolls off the production line at the Polish factory after
a 28 year production run.
First unofficial photos of the Brava/Bravo replacement, code name Type 192
Fiat announce that the Uno model is to be produced at a new factory in Pakistan, production to start in June 2000.
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