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Fiat may build electric cars at its Sicily plant

Fiat S.p.A.'s factory in Termini Imerese, Sicily, could soon have new owners, according to a report by the Financial Times. Cimino & Associates Private Equity is said to be in talks with Reva, a Bangalore, India-based company that builds the G-Wiz. Cimino is currently raising funds for a project to produce electric cars at the plant.

In an interview, Simone Cimino, chairman of the Milan investment house, said that so far, about 50 million euros of funding have been raised from investors including the Sicilian regional government and French bank Natixis. He also revealed that he is in talks with Reva, which introduced its three-door NXR lithium-ion powered electric car at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The G-Wiz hatchback is priced in Europe for about 15,000 euros excluding batteries. It has a top speed of 104kph (65mph) with a range of 160kms (100 miles) per charge.

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19 armored Jeep Grand Cherokees become part of Italian Carabinieri’s mobile fleet

Soon enough, some police officers in Italy would be chasing criminal in armored versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This comes as the Arma dei Carabinieri, an Italian military force charged with police duties, has ordered a fleet of 19 units of Jeep Grand Cherokee to keep them well-equipped to guard against criminals and catch them.

All-new, each of the newly ordered Jeep Grand Cherokee is dressed up and equipped to help the Carabanieri in their police work, especially in combating terrorism. The exterior of these special Jeep Grand Cherokee are wrapped in the force’s institutional blue livery, with clear and large Carabinieri letterings on the front and on the sides. Likewise, these special Jeep Grand Cherokee models come with all-new blue LED flashers on the tailgate, located beside the license plate.

To make these Jeep Grand Cherokee models capable of helping the Carabinieri, various parts were armored. These armored parts include the windscreen, side window and body, as well as their tires. Likewise, the suspension components of these tactical Jeep Grand Cherokees were reinforced, allowing them to have better on-road handling capabilities. As a result of these modifications, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been transformed into a tactical vehicle that doesn’t just offer superb mechanical reliability to take on any mission while ensuring that members of the Carabinieri are safe and sound.

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Fiat will terminate production of mass-market cars in Italy

It was back in 1899 when Fiat was first established in Turin, Italy. It has remained in one form or another for over a century. However, current CEO of the company, Sergio Marchionne, has said that the company will soon get rid of mass market vehicle production in the country. This June, the CEO will introduce new measures that will most Fiat production out of Italy.

Bloomberg has said that the Turin plant, which was inaugurated in 1939, will have the most major changes. What will happen is that the facility that presently produces fewer than 50,000 vehicles annually will have to accommodate a Maserati SUV together with the Levante, as well as several more Jeep products - this seems like a lot to handle.

As for Fiat models, the Panda will be moved to the Poland plant, while the MiTo’s production will have to be stopped. Its future has yet to be determined. The people who are in charge of this project do not want to be named since it is not meant to be public.

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Check out the BMW X2 in its digital camo suit on the streets of Milan

The BMW X2 will be the company’s next entry-level compact crossover to join the lineup. And because of that, it needs to up its game so it makes sense for the automaker to make it look more stylish, while giving it some hype. This is why the prototype will be dressed in digital camouflage when it makes an appearance at the Milan Fashion Week. Though we cannot completely see the design of the headlights and tail lights, the X2’s shape is pretty much what we should expect in the production specification.

Unlike the usual camouflage that most companies use, this is the second time the German automaker dressed the X2 in digital camouflage - combining a mix of yellow, gray, black, and blue in random shapes, instead of the orange and black camouflage. What makes this unique camouflage cool is that it unusually highlights the sporty and stylish qualities of the model more than hiding it.

Many say that the production version of the X2 is not as physically sleek as the earlier concept, and that the new design makes it resemble the X1 family more. We can see that it features angled-in headlights with inner LED piping, wide dual kidney grilles, paired with fog lights mounted high in the fascia.

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Named after its size and compact qualities, we all know that Mini has been making the most out of space for some time now. So, what’s new with Mini, you ask? Nope, not a concept car, or a new Countryman. Instead, it seems like the automotive manufacturer took a break from building cars and is taking some time to explore green living and architecture.

The automotive company teamed up with New York based company SO-IL, to build what they call “MINI Living - Breathe”. The prototype was installed in the middle of a narrow courtyard in Italy for the duration of Milan design week, that was from 4 to 9 April 2017.

This installation, made with translucent white mesh exterior walls, is supported by a modular metal frame, and stands at four stories tall. It can accommodate up to three people and hold a total of six rooms, plus a minimalistic roof garden. This is definitely something we have not seen from Mini before.

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To those who are planning to commit a crime Milan and are relying on a getaway car, better think twice. The Milan Police now have a Ferrari 458 Spider in their garage. With its estimated 320 kmh top speed, escape would be a remote possibility. That’s how we want it to go in our imaginations but actually, this car will be used for educating the public.

The police in Milan are happy folks now -- a confiscated Ferrari 458 Spider was seized from a mobster in an organized crime pursuit in September of 2016, and recently reassigned to Milan's ghisa (a local term for police) by a court responsible for allocating seized goods for public use. The local police force and national brigade can request to keep the seized goods taken from the mafia.

Lucky guys. According to the local agency, they have confiscated around 29 other cars and 3 motorcycles from mobsters located in the city. But local police force commander Antonio Barbato cleared the issues surrounding the acquisition of the supercar and remarked that the public won’t see the Ferrari shred the roads accelerating straight to 200 kmh in less than 10.8 seconds in Corso Buenos Aires.

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If you have a penchant for the gasoline version of Smart’s ForTwo small coupe and small convertible, better arrange your finances and get a unit before September 2017. That’s because Smart will soon discontinue sales of its conventionally powered small vehicles in North America, including the United States and Canada, according to reports from Automotive News and German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

This development came after Smart dealers in the US and Canada received a game-changing letter from Mercedes-Benz USA chief executive Dietmar Exler. In the letter, Exler noted that Smart’s current product portfolio is facing some challenges brought by developments within the micro-car segment. He then said that as Smart launches the fourth generation of the Smart ForTwo electric drive in the summer, the brand’s product lineup in the US and Canada will include only zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabriolet.

Exler’s statement effectively meant the imminent discontinuation of its conventionally powered products. More specifically, Smart will discontinue the production and sales of gasoline-powered offerings after the 2017 model year – only in the US and Canada. Smart will still offer gasoline-powered small cars in other markets.

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Being ushered by a Lamborghini Huracan is truly one of the greatest perks when travelling to Italy. At least, it will be in the several weeks to come. Lamborghini loaned the Huracan to the Bologna airport as its official “Follow Me” car at the runways. Its only task is to guide the aircraft around the terminals until January next year. Isn’t that sweet?

The very busy Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is nestled at the centre of Italy’s “motor valley”. If giant tech companies like Google, Apple and Facebook have Silicon Valley, the Italians have “motor valley” for their famous cars. The headquarters of Ferrari, Pagani and Lamborghini are just about thirty minutes away from the Aeroporto di Bologna. Pagani has one HQ in Modena province while Ferrari also has one in Maranello. It is a big testament that you have arrived at the home of the most coveted cars at the very least.

Lamborghini’s in-house Centro Stile designed the Huracan’s “Follow Me livery” where much of it represents the northern city’s skyline. The front splitter has green, white and red or basically the Italian flag’s combination of colors. Aside from the mandatory light bar, the gorgeous livery also features a black chequered pattern that matches the Huracan’s yellow body paint.

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When Italian supercar maker Mazzanti Automobili introduced the Mazzanti Evantra coupe in 2013, the company immediately gained international fame with the vehicle, which had a 7.0-liter V8 engine that could deliver 751 hp and that allowed it to reach a top speed of 224 mph. Middle of this year, Mazzanti Evantra surprised us once again by revealing the Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli hypercar, which has a 7.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine – sending power to its rear wheels via the six-speed sequential gearbox – could develop 1,000 hp of max output along with 885 lb.-ft. of peak torque.

Now, Mazzanti is revealing that a new version of the Mazzanti Evantra coupe is coming to town, and it is better than the 2013 original model. Let us welcome the Mazzanti Evantra 771, which will be available starting spring 2017. According to Mazzanti, the atelier applied all the knowledge and all the expertise gained from creating and developing the Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli hypercar to work on a very important update for the 2013 Evantra.

Interestingly, the basic design of the Mazzanti Evantra 771 remains essentially the same as the original Evantra coupe. However, there are noticeable differences and improvements on the exterior, thereby effectively refreshing the looks of the Mazzanti Evantra. These improvements include several aerodynamic tweaks. For instance, the Evantra 771 features a new front splitter, a refreshed air intake on the roof, as well as new designs for its mirrors and its rear wing.

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Look out, LaFerrari! The bane of your existence is coming sooner than expected. The hypercar that is set to challenge the Ferrari LaFerrari’s existence in the hypercar Holy Trinity is expected to go into production by the end of this year.

The Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli is a vehicle that stands true to its name. The term “millecavalli” is actually an Italian word meaning “1,000 horses”, and so the Evantra Millecavalli is expected to pack a thousand horses under its hood.

First introduced during the 2016 Turin Auto Show, the Evantra Millecavalli is a majestic piece that has captivated the hearts of car enthusiasts. A reworked version of the previous Mazzanti Evantra, the Millecavalli is set to become a game changer in the field of high performance vehicles once it hits production.

Read the entire article Meet Italy’s Most Powerful Car: Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli

BMW i sealed a partnership deal with MR PORTER.COM, the award-winning online hub for men's style, to create a unique, limited edition BMW i3. The integrated team of experts seeks to produce a sophisticated, luxury vehicle inspired by timelessness, uniqueness, and modernity.

The BMW i3, reminiscent of the classic and stylish tuxedo, comes with a superb exterior in tuxedo blue. The distinctive features on each of the numbered special editions have been handcrafted to come up with a unique finish.

The individual coating and the white accent running the chassis' length, which can all be associated with the pinstripe suit, are handcrafted by experts. BMW i Brand Management Head Stefan Ponikva claimed that the new limited edition BMW i3 demonstrates the effortless yet powerful combination of sustainability and style.

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The competition for hybrid cars just got hotter. In the company’s latest press release, BMW announced that starting July 2016, all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles will be given the new iPerformance model designation. This move is seen as the reaping of the technological advancements gained from the BMW i concept cars experience to the BMW core brand.

In addition, the new iPerformance models will have visible reminders that they are hybrid cars. These models will serve as evidence of BMW’s commitment to a sustainable, pollution-free future of personal mobility.

These electric hybrid vehicles can be identified by the distinct BMW i logo on the front panel, blue-colored BMW I design elements in the kidney grille, and wheel hubs and the eDrive logo on the C-pillar. Initially, a total of five plug-in hybrid variants are available, covering a wide spectrum of its current lineup.

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Automobili Lamborghini once again is one of the top companies with outstanding workplace environments as well as advanced policies in personnel management. For the third straight year, Lamborghini received the esteemed Top Employer Italy 2015 certification from the Top Employers Institute.

The Top Employer certification program is a year-long process during which the Institute will undertake a structured investigation and verification procedure. Moreover, the Institute will consider nine criteria, which include salary policies, training and professional growth, working conditions and benefits, career opportunities and corporate culture.

The Institute will award the certification only to companies that managed to get the highest scores. Stephan Winkelmann, president and executive of Automobili Lamborghini, remarked that The Top Employer certification validates the carmaker's investment and belief in human resources, which it considers as a cornerstone to facing challenges in the near future like the launch of the third model and the doubling of its Sant'Agata Bolognese site.

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The Ferrari Listing Ceremony on the MTA made quite an impressive scene, such that Sergio Marchionne called it ‘a new milestone, a new start’ for Ferrari as inscribed in the guest book of the Italian Stock Exchange. The ceremony was presided by Raffaele Jerusalmi, CEO of the Italian Stock Exchange (Borsa Italiana).

The event came just a few months after Ferrari made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on 21st October, 2015. Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy was the ceremony’s Guest of Honour.

After the traditional opening bell was rung by Sergio Marchionne (Ferrari Chairman), John Elkann (FCA Chairman), Amedeo Felisa (Ferrari CEO) and Piero Ferrari (Ferrari Vice Chairman), the stock began trading.

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A funding grant has been awarded to Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., (HATCI) and wireless power technology firm Mojo Mobility, Inc. for the research and development of a system that can fast charge an EV through wireless means. The grant was given by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies (VT) program.

Mojo Mobility is famous for having developed very efficient wireless charging systems that can transfer high power even when the charger and the vehicle are not precisely aligned. HATCI president Sung Hwan Cho said that it is “honoured” to be chosen as a DOE partner. He said that innovations like this goes well with a core goal, which is to “create a vehicle experience that is intuitive and easy for the consumer."

Kia's first electric vehicle in the U.S. – the all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV – was recently launched. It proves the point further that there is an increasing demand for electro-mobility, which is crucial to lessening the petroleum consumption in the U.S. transportation sector. It will be much more convenient to owners of EVs if wireless charging technology becomes available.

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Lamborghini has entered an agreement on tax breaks with the Italian government and will soon roll out a new SUV in Italy, according to insiders. The announcement will be made in a press conference set in Rome on Wednesday that will be attended by Lamborghini chief Stephan Winkelmann and Rupert Stadler, the CEO of its parent company Audi.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will also be present to announce the deal. The automaker expects to create jobs for up to 500 people. In return, the Italian government will grant tax breaks and other benefits amounting to EUR80 million ($87 million). Audi aims to add more to its lineup currently composed of two-seat supercars.

Emerging markets like China are not inclined to buy these supercars because of the poor roads in their regions. This SUV that will be built in Italy will be its first since 1993, which is when it stopped production of the boxy LM002 (also known as Rambo Lambo). Sources said earlier this month that there have been several meetings between Lamborghini’s officials and representatives of the Italian government.

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The Italian government wants Lamborghini to build its upcoming SUV in the country and to convince the automaker, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government may offer up to 100 million euros ($111 million) in tax breaks and other benefits, according to an insider. The government hopes that the final assembly of the Lamborghini Urus, a prototype of which was presented at the 2012 Beijing auto show, will be in Italy.

The automaker has been working on its business case for this vehicle as it aims to get the approval of its parent (VW’s Audi) to start production. If everything proceeds smoothly, this vehicle will be a contender for the sportiest SUV in the world and will be competing with the Aston Martin DBX.

Sources also said that approval is expected by the end of June but it’s difficult to predict the outcome and the timing. In an e-mailed statement, Audi said that no decision has been made yet on the Urus’ series production. Until then, it cannot yet answer where the location of its production will be.

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Fiat is offering its employees EUR1,000 discount on top of Fiat's standard employee discount tagged at between 12 percent and 26 percent, depending on the model. The offer was announced last week at two of Fiat’s Italian sites – in Mirafiori and Pomigliano -- in a dramatic manner.

When employees reported to work, they were greeted by their foreign-made cars from brands like Volkswagen and Peugeot "wrapped up" in a giant plastic bag, with a Valentine heart on top. It comes with a message (in Italian) printed on top of a red heart with a crack running from top to bottom.

It reads as translated: "Seeing you with someone else breaks my heart. But we're still thinking of you anyways." The promotional campaign created by Fiat's marketing office with public relations agency So Simple was done to entice workers at its Mirafiori and and Pomigliano site to take advantage of a special discount on new Fiats.

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The new Maserati Levante SUV will be built in Turin and production will start by the end of next year. According to the latest reports from Automotive News, the new Italian SUV will be built in Europe in order to end losses in the region. An investment will also be made and Fiat will spend less than 1 billion euros at Mirafiori plant.

The investment will start immediately at the factory in exchange for layoffs. Regarding the Levante SUV, this will be inspired by the Kubang Concept that was shown back in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and represents an important step in boost Maserati sales to 50,000 units in 2015.

Moreover, Maserati will use the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, while under the hood there will be a big V8 engine developed by Ferrari. Maserati Levante will take on cars such as the Porsche Cayenne or the upcoming Bentley SUV.

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Fiat would freeze investments in new models until there is clarity over the impact of a court ruling declaring that a law barring a metalworkers' union from representing its workers was unconstitutional, Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne has disclosed. Italy's constitutional court issued a ruling last week that a clause in the country's labor law from the 1970s allowing Fiat to bar the Fiom union from representing its workers was unconstitutional.

Speaking to workers at Fiat's Sevelsud site in Italy, Marchionne said that before they could make "any further initiatives" in Italy, they need a clear legal and normative framework.

Marchionne remarked that he was open to a discussion with Fiom leader Maurizio Landini to discuss what measures could be taken, based on a common understanding that Fiat's labor contract in 2011 would not be revised.

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