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Tuesday 21 May 2024

134 Fiat Topolino cars with Italian logos produced in Morocco confiscated in Livorno, Italy

The Guardia di Finanza and the Customs and Monopolies Agency seized 119 Fiat Topolino and 15 Topolino Dolcevita at the port of Livorno. The vehicles bore stickers depicting the Italian flag, a detail that did not go unnoticed by the Guardia di Finanzia, which charged Stellantis with "false" indication of the product's origin. The Topoilino is manufactured in Morocco and would therefore not be a Made in Italy product as the logo on the side would suggest. The crime charged involves the sale of industrial products with false signs ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Alfa Romeo, new online store and exclusive merchandising collection

As of yesterday, Alfa Romeo's new official merchandise is available, a contemporary, innovative and designer collection for the enthusiast community, the Alfa Romeo Tribe. At the same time, the new Alfa Romeo online store is born, where users will be able to navigate in an engaging and intuitive way, experiencing a premium shopping experience, just like the one offered in the brand's exclusive showrooms around the world. Declined into three Collections - Performance, Urban Red Line and Sport Red passion - each distinguished by high quality and aesthetically appealing garments ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

April U.S BEV prices down 8.5 % on an annual basis

Thanks in part to the price war that began in China, step by step electric car prices are also coming down in the United States. According to the latest report by Kelley Blue Book and Cox Automotive, a new BEV in the United States in April had an average price of 55,252 dollars, 8.5 percent lower than the same month in 2023. At the same time, however, there was an increase of 75 dollars in the comparison with March and amounted to about 0.1 percent in prices ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Audi signed agreement with Saic for Chinese market

In late July 2023, Audi had announced its intention to expand cooperation with China's Saic by signing a letter of intent. Yesterday, the Four Ring automaker finalized the cooperation agreement with the Chinese automaker. Audi CEO Gernot Döllner commented on the signing of the cooperation agreement, "Through the partnership with Saic, we will significantly accelerate our local electrification strategy and provide BEV products that meet the needs of Chinese customers. Audi's unmistakable aesthetics and engineering, together with Saic's speed of innovation, will provide Chinese customers with ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

BMW under investigation in US for use of banned Chinese parts

The BMW Group is under investigation in the United States: the company appears to be guilty of using parts supplied by Chinese companies that employ forced labor from the Uighur minority in its cars. Not only is this a violation of human rights, but it is a particular problem in the United States, so much so that in 2021 the government published a list of companies that are banned from doing business in the country, precisely because of this issue related to forced labor. Not only did BMW allegedly use ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires tailored for the Maserati Grecale Folgore

Bridgestone has once again been chosen by Maserati to develop custom-made 20-inch tires for its first electric SUV, Grecale Folgore. Following recent collaborations, including those for the MC20 supercar and the Grecale, Maserati turned to Bridgestone, its longtime partner, to find a tire that would enhance the on-road capabilities of its first electric SUV. Bridgestone responded with a bespoke version of its ultra-high performance tire, Potenza Sport Enliten. With top-notch performance in both dry and wet conditions, the Potenza Sport Enliten is tailored so that drivers of the Grecale Folgore ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Chinese EV manufacturers now set their sights on Latin America, starting with Brazil

Knocked out of the U.S. market and under fire from possible tariffs in Europe, Chinese EV makers are beginning to think about focusing their ambitions on countries where they are welcome. One of the largest of these is Brazil, from which to then gradually expand throughout Latin America. BYD and Great Wall already dominate electric vehicle sales in the world's sixth-largest car market; now the two Chinese giants are also beginning to build factories for local production. BYD expects to start production by mid-2025 in a new factory ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Drag race in WorldSBK at Assen for the 2nd season of Dodge Europe's IN//OUT webseries

Dodge Europe presents the second season of its IN//OUT webseries: the first episode, produced during the Assen round of the WorldSBK Championship, features a drag race between the iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Ducati Panigale V4 R driven by Andrea Iannone, a Team Go Eleven driver. The star of the second season of IN//OUT by Dodge Europe is once again Ida Zetterström, NHRA Top Fuel USA driver and European Top Fuel 2023 champion, whom followers have already come to know as a Brand ambassador thanks ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Ford creates rallycross course to develop Mustang Mach-E Rally

Ford has taken extraordinary steps to develop the Mustang Mach-E Rally unveiled last July, building a full rallycross course on its Michigan (U.S.) Proving Grounds in order to perfect the model. Before beginning construction of the track within the Michigan Proving Grounds to create a series of winding dirt tracks, Ford engineers consulted drivers and visited several rallycross tracks to ensure the course was as realistic as possible. This allowed Ford to put the Mach-E Rally through more than 800 kilometers of testing, simulating a decade of monthly rallycross ...

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Four Italian teams at the 39th Shell Eco-marathon

The Shell Eco-marathon, a historic competition dedicated to innovation and sustainable mobility, is now in its 39th year and once again brings together students from around the world with the aim of pushing the limits of energy efficiency for the foreseeable future. The competition kicked off on May 19th at the Paul Armagnac circuit in Nogaro, France, where 111 teams from international high schools and universities will compete in the regional competition, dedicated to Europe and Africa until Friday 24th. Among the teams selected from 25 different countries are also ...