The United States Postal Service has sent a request for information to automakers, seeking bids on a next-generation postal delivery vehicle. It needs 180,000 new trucks built with safety and package delivery in mind to replace the archaic Grumman LLV that's become a huge drain on service resources.
Fiat Chrysler, Honda And Toyota Re-Recall Models From The Early 2000s
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda and Toyota will recall 2.1 million vehicles built in the early 2000s for airbags that could deploy unexpectedly. These vehicles had previously been recalled, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that they are still defective.
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles posted growing financial numbers for 2014 in practically every metric, and the automaker is forecasting even better figures in 2015. North America played a major role in that success.
Audi wants to use the names Q2 and Q4 for coming crossover products, but Fiat owns those trademarks and appears unlikely to sell them. It's said that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is loathe to do anything that would aid any company under VW Group CEO Ferdinand Piëch.
Alastair Moffatt has twice held the record twice for the tightest parallel parking job, his reign broken twice by Han Yue, who did it last time in November 2014. Moffatt couldn't let that stand, so he provisionally broke it again in a Fiat 500C at the recent Autosport International Show in Birmingham.
Fiat files trademark registration with the USPTO for the model names "124" and "124 Spider." The filing could presage a Fiat coupe and convertible built on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata platform that was previously going to be used for a new Alfa Romeo.
Alfa Romeo will base its next Spider not on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but on the same Project Giorgio platform that will underpin other Alfa models, like the replacement for the 159. Mazda will, however, donate the MX-5 for an upcoming roadster from Fiat and Abarth, Alfa Romeo boss Harald Wester told Car.
Plus: Transparent Cabin Pillars, Acura NSX And Red Bull Trophy Recovery
We curate the week's events with a focus on the implications of Chrysler's new corporate name. New research by Jaguar Land Rover, the production debut of the Acura NSX and the Red Bull F1 robbery are also covered.
Just Your Typical $73,000, 328-Horsepower, Stick-Shift Automobile
Since I started writing about and reviewing cars in 2006, I've done an uneven job of tracking every vehicle I've been in, each year. Last year I made a resolution to be better about it, and the result is a spreadsheet with model names, dates, notes and some basic facts and figures.
The Italian automotive industry is filled with legendary names: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Lamborghini, De Tomaso, Pagani... but the names Fiat, Abarth and Zagato belong up there right beside them – especially when they came together on a vehicle as singular as this one.
Detroit's third-largest automaker has had a lot of names over the years. It was founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, a name it held until 1998 when it was bought by ze Germans in 1998 to form DaimlerChrysler AG, then it went independent in 2007 under the name Chrysler LLC before being retitled once again as Chrysler Group LLC in 2009. And now the automaker headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI, is getting yet another new name.
After the return of James Bond's classic Aston Martin DB5 for some scenes in SkyFall, the spy with a license to kill is reportedly hopping into something much more mainstream for his next film. The upcoming Bond movie allegedly features a car chase through Rome in a Fiat 500, according to Sky News from info obtained by Italian news agency ANSA.