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22nd May 2002:  Art Centre College student presents his view of new GTV
click here to enlarge this drawing Taehoon Kim, a student on the Transportation Design course at the highly respected and influential Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, recently presented this stunning interpretation of the new GTV.

21st May 2002:  recently launched new Fiat Ducato now available with wide range of applications
click here to see more of the new Fiat Ducato van The new Fiat Ducato light commercial van, launched in early February, is now available with a full range of applications, from flat bed truck to private ambulance.

20th May 2002:  UK's BBC 'Top Gear' TV programme votes Fiat Multipla UK's best family car
click here to view new 2002 Fiat MultiplaThe Fiat Multipla has been voted "Best Family Car" by the BBC TopGear TV programme and TopGear Magazine in the UK. This is the third consecutive year that the Multipla has won this prestigious award. The 6-seater mini-MPV beat off stiff competition from the rival Chrysler Voyager, Mercedes-Benz Vaneo and Honda Stream to scoop the award.

18th May 2002:  Fiat Albea unveiled to motoring press in Poland
click here for further detail of the new Fiat Albea, the latest step in the World Car programme The new Fiat Albea, the saloon version of the Project 178 Fiat World Car and replacement for the existing Siena model, has been show to the world's press in Poland. 

Designed by Giorgietto Giugiaro and to be produced by Fiat Auto's joint venture in Turkey, Tofas ( Turk Otomobil Fabrikasi AS ), the roomy Albea which aims to provide families in particular with affordable motoring, is available with either 1.2 or 1.6 litre 16v engines and two trim levels, EL and HL.

more detail of the new Fiat Albea

16th May 2002:  Fiat to sponsor Italian National Team at football World Cup
Italian football star, Francesco Totti, has recently featured in a Fiat Stilo advertising campaign The football World Cup kicks off in Japan and South Korea at the beginning of next month and Fiat will join Giovanni Trapattoni's Italian National squad as an official team sponsor. This is a continuation of Fiat's football sponsorship which started in 2000 and encompasses all national squads, including the men and women's, juniors and 5-a-side.

Fiat has also recently hired Francesco Totti, one of Italy's highest profile players, to appear in an advert for the Fiat Stilo as part of the current "Forward Thinking" campaign. As well as motorsport and football, Fiat sponsorship is also involved in sports as diverse as skiing, cycling, athletics, sailing, golf, show jumping and fencing.

15th May 2002:  major job cuts expected within Fiat Group
As the Fiat Group attempts to extract itself from its debt ridden position, Chief Executive Paolo Cantarella has announced that the company will undertake "significant" jobs cutting measures. At least 6,000 jobs are expected to go, mostly at Italian Auto plants within the next six months and Fiat has already begun discussions with the unions.

Fiat employs 200,000 people world wide, with 100,000 of those in being in Italy. Italy, Fiats largest car market, has seen the new car sector shrink in the last year and the company has just reported losses of £332 million in the first quarter of this year - much worse than analysts had predicted.

The result was mainly blamed on poor performance at Fiat Auto, the group's core auto unit, whose first-quarter operating loss widened to £270 million from a loss of £10 milliom in the same period last year.

14th May 2002:  Fiat Auto confirm that Ferrari will be floated on the Stockmarket
Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello with this years Ferrari F2002 The Ferrari-Maserati arm of Fiat Auto Spa will be listed on the stockmarket by way of an IPO by the end of the year. The Ferrari-Maserati company will consist of all the commercial and motorsport activities of both Ferrari and Maserati. Selling a portion of the Fiat Group's 90% shareholding will help Fiat reduce its huge debts, while also raising funds to assist in particular with the expansion of Maserati. Vice-President, Piero Ferrari, who's family own the remaining 10%, fully supports the move and, in a vote of confidence, plans to sell no shares.

12th May 2002:  Ferrari FX receiving massive media coverage at Tokyo exhibition

The Ferrari FX prototype, star of  the Tokyo Museum of Contempory Art's "Artedinamica" Ferrari-Maserati exhibition, and expected to hit production next year as the F60 with a limited run now confirmed at 350 units, has been received major media coverage throughout Japan as well as a diaily stream of visitors much in excess of any that the museum has seen before.
click here to see the Ferrari FX at Tokyo's Artedinamica Exhibition click here to see the Ferrari FX at Tokyo's Artedinamica Exhibition click here to see the Ferrari FX at Tokyo's Artedinamica Exhibition see more of the Ferrari FX prototype at the Artedinamica exhibition

10th May 2002:  Alfa 147GTA caught testing
Alfa Romeo 147 GTA The Alfa Romeo 147GTA, due for release shortly is caught testing. Exterior differences are subtle, but the larger bumpers with bigger air intakes, plus additional intakes between the headlamp and grille as clearly visible.
more detail of the 147GTA

8th May 2002: impressions of Alfa 166 facelift
click here to see more of the Alfa Romeo 166 restyling click here to see more of the Alfa Romeo 166 restyling Impressions of Alfa Romeo 166 facelift model, due for relase in late 2003, based on current Alfa styling cues

6th May 2002:  Lamborghini update
click here for more detail The Ferrari 360 Modena-rivalling "Baby Lambo" codename L140, powered by a 4+ litre 48 valve V10, producing in excess of 400bhp is progressing towards launch
Lamborghini gearing up for US market assault
First stage of HQ upgrade complete

5th May 2002:  Powertrain to manufacture all Fiat/Opel engines
It is reported that "Powertrain" the engine and gearbox joint venture between General Motors and Fiat, will now undertake all engine and chassis manufacturing for Fiat and GM company Adam Opel AG.

Powertrain has already handled much engine and gearbox manufacturing for GM, Opel and Fiat in Europe and South American for the last year already, and GM sources expect this widened move will result in cost savings of more than USD $2 billion from 2003.

5th May 2002:  Maserati billboard advertising campaign underway
click here to see Maserati's billboards Alongside the usual advertising channels of press, internet, motorsport, etc, Maserati has ventured down a new route and recently commenced a billboard advertising campaign.
Featuring large posters in strategic locations, the campaign started in New York late last year and has recently entered its first European stage.

see more of the Maserati billboards

4th May 2002:  "Artedinamica" exhibition attracts over 10,000 visitors in first week
The "Artedinamica, Ferrari & Maserati" exhibition at the prestigious Tokyo Museum of Contempory Art has made a highly successful debut, attracting over 10,000 visitors in its first week, a record for a Japanese cultural venue.

The exhibition is headlined by the public debut of the Ferrari FX, prototype for the forthcoming F40/F50 replacement. It is the first time that a new automotive model has made its debut at a museum exhibition, away from the traditional auto show venue. Models and drawings of the new Maserati Quattroporte, due next year, also make their first public appearance.

As well as these two star exhibits visitors have seen significant cars in the two marques' histories. Along with the Ferrari 166MM, the 250TR, GT and GTO and Michael Schumacher's 2001 F1 Championship winning car, Maserati's on display include the 250F and the immortal Stirling Moss-driven "Eldorado".

The exhibition was opened by the Italian Ambassador to Japan along with the EU's Under Secretary for Culture, the museum's Curator, and representing the Ferrari Maserati Group, Vice President Piero Ferrari.

The 3,000m² display will until July 14th and is expected to be one of the must see events in Japan for visitors to next months world cup.

3rd May 2002:  rumoured Alfa Romeo 4x4 Sports Utility Vehicle
Alfa Romeo 4x4 It is has been suggested from reliable sources for sometime now that Alfa Romeo will be introducing an upmarket "Sports Utility" 4x4 vehicle to their range, with a possible launch around mid-2005.

It follows a trend now set by prestige manufacturers to enter this sector, and will join Mercedes, Audi and Porsche who have recently introduced models, and BMW who plan to enter the fray shortly.

No detail is known, but it can be expected to be based on a GM platform, as they have considerable knowledge and experience of the off road 4x4 market.


click here to enlarge this image of a proposed Alfa 4x4 Sports Utility Vehicle Recently student's on the Automotive Design course at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, the acknowledged breeding ground of the motor industry's most influential designers, gave their interpretation of an Alfa 4x4 'Sports Utility Vehicle'.

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