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Alfa Romeo returns to F1

Alfa Romeo have entered into a multi-year partnership with Swiss Sauber F1 Team.

Alfa Romeo at the Formula 1 during 1976-79

The official team name will be Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.

 The partnership includes  strategic, commercial and technological cooperation in all applicable areas of development, including access to engineering know-how and the expertise of Alfa Romeo technical staff. This partnership will provide additional opportunities for the two organizations in both Formula 1 and the automotive sector in general.

 The single-seaters will sport the distinctive colors and logo of Alfa Romeo, the team’s Title Sponsor, and will be equipped with 2018 Ferrari power units.

“This agreement with the Sauber F1 Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years. A storied marque that has helped make the history of this sport, Alfa Romeo will join other major automakers that participate in Formula 1,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Alfa Romeo.

 Pascal Picci, Chairman of Sauber Holding AG, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Alfa Romeo to the Sauber F1 Team. Alfa Romeo has a long history of success in Grand Prix racing, and we are very proud that this internationally renowned company has chosen to work with us for its return to the pinnacle of motorsport.”

 The return of Alfa Romeo, one of the major protagonists in Formula 1 history, is expected to contribute significantly to the appeal and future development of the sport. Alfa Romeo brings with it technological know-how and a large and passionate fan base, while participation in the championship also offers benefits for the brand in areas such as technology transfer and road safety.

The 2018 season will be the official start for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.

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Winger Group’s new home for Alfa

Alfa Romeo has a new showroom and base of operations that the company says is its new focal point for the Auckland region.

David Smitherman and Wayne Leach.

The Winger Group has taken over sole responsibility in Auckland for Alfa Romeo. Wayne Leach, director of Winger Motors said that the aim is to make his new facility the heart and soul of motoring in Auckland.

“It is an honour because being trusted to represent one of the greatest names in the car industry is so special and a challenge because we have to provide a facility, a level of expertise and a quality of service that matches Alfa Romeo and which is demanded by Alfa Romeo’s exacting owners,” said Leach.

The Winger group will invest over $16 million in its facility at 21 Great South Road, Auckland. It will also open a new workshop which is currently under construction in Margot Street, and will open in October.

Alfa Romeo’s distributor is Fiat Chrysler New Zealand. CEO David Smitherman says that Winger’s appointment is a strategic decision.

“The market positioning and exclusivity of the newest Alfa Romeo models, the Stelvio and Giulia, along with those to follow them, demands much more than a car dealership… We firmly believe that this could only be fully executed by a single outlet and, in turn, by Winger, whose commitment to deliver is second to none.”



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New Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce available in NZ

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce is now available in New Zealand, complementing the recent arrival of the high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio.

With a price tag of $79,990, $55,000 cheaper than the Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo New Zealand hopes the vehicle will open the Giulia range to a new market sector.

“The Veloce may provide the Giulia with a new entry point,” said chief executive for Alfa Romeo in New Zealand, David Smitherman, “but it is still very much a performance sedan.”

The Giulia Veloce contains a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which produces 206kW of power and 400Nm of torque matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Alfa’s latest sedan also contains the signature Alfa SDC adjustable suspension and a limited-slip rear differential, and is based on the Giordio’s rear-wheel drive architecture.

A host of safety systems feature on the Veloce, including forward collision warning with autonomous emergency brake and pedestrian recognition, integrated brake system, and lane departure warning.

Other features include alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlamps, keyless go, stop/start technology, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

The Veloce is available now at registered dealers across New Zealand.

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Alfa Romeo meets Lewis

United states athlete, Carl Lewis supported 330 runners in a collective attempt to break a two-hour marathon record.


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New Alfa Guilia coming to NZ next month

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is set to hit New Zealand next month, Alfa Romeo in New Zealand have announced.

The order books are already open for the Quadrifoglio, which is the flagship of the Giulia range and currently holds the production sedan lap record at the Nurburgring, with seven minutes and 32 seconds.

The supercar is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 engine generating 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque, and matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This configuration delivers 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 307km/h.

The new rear-wheel drive system ensures minimal overhang and balanced weight distribution, and Alfa Romeo’s chassis domain control and active suspension adapts to real-time conditions based on acceleration and sensor data.

This data feeds into the four driving modes are available on the Quadrifoglio. Drivers can switch between natural, dynamic, race and advanced efficiency modes, with the engine, suspension and rear-wheel drive chassis adjusting to the conditions.

An integrated brake system combines stability control with a traditional servo brakes for an instantaneous response, a first for the Giulia range, and means the car can come to a complete standstill from 100 km/h in 32 metres.

Pricing for the Giulia Quadrifoglio begins at $134,990 plus on-road costs. The first orders will be filled when the car arrives next month.

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Alfa Romeo debuts SUV at Geneva

Luxury car maker Alfa Romeo will debut its first SUV at the Geneva Auto Show this week in response to the flourishing sports utility market, alongside a refreshed Giulia sports range.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio contains four powertrain options. The first is the 2.0-litre, 205kW turbocharged petrol engine, first launched in Europe two months ago. The diesel options are largely similar, with a 132kW 2.2-litre, and a 154kW 2.2-litre engine. Both engines are married to an automatic eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive.

At the top of the range, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio contains a 375kW 2.9-litre V6 twin turbo petrol engine, which debuted in Los Angeles last November.

The latest incarnation of the Giulia sports sedan will also be on display with a range of engine options. The first is the Giulia Veloce with a 205kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, automatic eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. The Giulia Veloce is also on display with the same 154kW 2.2 diesel engine with an automatic eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive, as seen in the Stelvio SUV

The Guilia range tops out with the Competizione Red Quadrifoglio, equipped with a 375kW 2.9-litre V6 twin turbo petrol engine matched with an automatic eight-speed transmission.

A new version is also set to launch in Europe this month– the Giulia Super with a 2.2-litre, 133kW engine with the same automatic eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan is “weeks away” from its New Zealand debut, and the Stelvio SUV is scheduled to reach the country by the end of the year, according to Fiat Chrysler New Zealand.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will make its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and is expected to arrive in showrooms by 2017. (more…)

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