Posts Tagged ‘alfa’

As the snow continues to tumble out of the sky and more people drive gingerly, my front-wheel drive car has encountered little problems. I’m not showing off, I have had a few instances of lost traction but it’s light enough to skirt over the snow with no real grief. I have watched a lot of heaver cars struggle, especially those with rear-wheel-drive. So the solution, surely is a 4WD.

But what if you don’t want a Chelsea Tractor? Surely there must be something out there that has that capability that would look more at home in the fast lane than on a farmer’s field? There is, this:

I’ve seen a few examples of the new Alfa Romeo Brera in Kent and I would never have guessed it was 4WD. Then again, why should I? There’s no rule that every car with such capability has to look like an old Land Rover Defender and absolutely NO reason why Alfa Romeo couldn’t combine it with their undeniable gift for styling.

Even that pube-headed, loud-mouthed Jeremy Clarkson rated it amongst the top 25 cars he’d ever driven. He said that “as you drive along you can feel the Alfa-ness of this car, the little tingles and the droplets of feedback that you don’t really get from anything else in this class” and that “what makes the pleasure so doubly satisfying is that you have a four-wheel-drive car, yet no one can tell.”

It’s a gorgeous car and one that I’m sure would leave many people stuck with wheels spinning in the snow understandably jealous as it moved through with no problem at all while looking like a slab of pure Italian style.

alfa romeo brera kent

It never fails to amaze me what they’ll declare it National Day of or National Week of. There’s been some real stupid ones and some that may have had their heart in the right place but not so well-thought out.

oil check

Next week is, for some reason, National Oil Check Week. Having spent many years with cars that leak or drink oil like it’s going out of fashion, I’ve become familiar at many car-accessorie places across Kent. Other Alfa Romeo drivers, apparantly would be wise to do the same. A survey by Comma found out that 26.2% of Alfa drivers across the country didn’t know how to check their oil.

3,800 motorists were surveyed and it was revealed that a whopping 71.4% of SEAT owners failing to check their oil regularly with Jaguar and VW drivers not very far behind. Seriously? If you’ve spent that much money on a car you’d think you’d be careful with such things, given their vitality.

Is it a case that the level of technology in cars now means people don’t think they have to keep an eye on what is the life-blood of their engine?

Thankfully, I feel a little bit of pride in knowing that Alfa Romeo scored the highest in monthly checks, for that stat of those not checking means that 74% do check their oil at the montly intervals.

These stats to make it clear that awareness of the importance of oil checks needs to be raised. There’s even going to be a roadshow visting Edinburgh, Bristol and Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. Alfa drivers may not need the free oil check and top up but, going by the stats, I’d advise those SEAT drivers to get down there. That’s if your engine hasn’t seized through your neglect.

My Dad used to tell me “check your dipstick, don’ be one.” Do you regularly check your oil levels??

alfa mito

It’s looking to be a fantastic year if you happen to be the CEO of a certain Italian auto-company that’s about to own even more car companies. One of Fiat’s existing brands – Alfa Romeo has shown figures that go completely against the trend of current auto sales figures.

In a UK market that’s 28.5% down on 2008, March and April’s new registration statistcis from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that Alfa saw not only a positive swing in new car sales, but recorded industry-leading restults each month. April alone saw a massive 76.8% increase.

This would certainly explain why I’ve seen a lot more Alfa Romeo cars overtake me on my way down a certain Kent motorway and an increasing amount of MiTos about. But what are they doing that the other car companies aren’t. 

Well, the MiTo is certainly part of their success, the small and compact little runner put them into a demographic they’d thus far avoided and did for them what the 500 did for Fiat earlier in the year. When all is doom and gloom in the media they’ve been pushing chirpy and cheerful ads for bright red, fun-looking cars. 

With more exciting new cars to come, I for one hope that Alfa continue to see success especially as the Fiat / Chrylser deal will see them finally tackle the U.S market where the beefed up MiTo would take on the Mini.

Finally, some footage of the the beefed-up MiTo:

 

This is the first official footage of the new Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA, with the Italian car maker using the beauty of Valencia, the historical motoring pedigree of the Giulia GTA and what looks like some awesome handling to showcase what is sure to be one of the best hot hatches to ever hit roads. Though why it’s not a red MiTo I don’t know.

What do you think: serious contender for best hot hatch ever?

It’s small, powerful, stylish and… heading to America?

new alfa romeo

 

 

This is the new Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA. The powered-up version of Alfa’s new and already beloved MiTo and has been unveiled to the world at the Geneva motor show. The big news is that Fiat are looking to make use of their new connections in North America and roll out the Alfa Romeo brand.

But is there a ready market? The GTA, for examply, packs a 240bhp punch from its 1.8litre engine but will the normal 1.4litre MiTo find a warm-welcome State side? Of course it won’t just be the MiTo that Fiat roll out over in the U.S but it’s a gorgeous looking car isn’t it? Is one as powerful and stylish the ideal first attempt to break America for smaller cars?

For years now Alfa Romeo’s non-sports cars (think Spyder and GTV) have been identified be their numerical nomenclature. Perhaps it was a way of banishing names with associations like the Alfa Sud.

Well, it looks like that’s now a thing of the past thanks to a leaked document from Chyrsler (following their merger with Fiat) which sees the new Mito being joined by models named the Milano and Giulia. 

This is the document which formed part of Chrysler’s viability plan submitted the US Treasury: 

alfa namesTo be honest I’m not too sure about the names. While when things are leaked early they often get changed, naming cars takes forever and I doubt Alfa will come up look at coming up with replacement. The Mito is fine and cute little motor – even if its ads to wind me up – but I’d love to know what other people are thinking about the proposed new names?