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Alfa Romeo displays the legendary RL Super Sport “Targa Florio” at the Zoute Grand Prix 2019
  • Victorious at the prestigious Targa Florio in 1923, one of the world's most legendary competitions, the Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport will be presented in the Alfa Romeo Pavilion at the Zoute Grand Prix 2019, from 10 to 13 October.
  • The famous four-leafed clover, which will become the symbol of Alfa Romeo for the competition, appears for the first time on this model.
  • The model comes from the prestigious Alfa Romeo collection, displayed at the Museo Storico in Arese, the historic headquarters of the brand which will be celebrating its 110th birthday in June 2020.
  • The participation of the car at the Belgian event is curated by FCA Heritage.
Boasting a unique sporting heritage around the world, the Alfa Romeo brand will be tackling the traditional Zoute Grand Prix once again, with a model which has marked its history. The car in question is a 1923 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport "Targa Florio", on loan from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo .

The Alfa Romeo RL range made its debut in 1921 and consistently managed to combine brilliant driving performance with a competitive spirit. . The model was equipped with a six-cylinder in-line 3-litre engine. Introduced in 1922, the RL "Sport" was produced alongside the RL "Normale".

The 2916 cm3 six-cylinder engine of the Normale version delivered 56 hp, whereas the Sport version, with its distinctive dihedral-shaped radiator, had a slightly larger displacement of 2994 cm3 due to a bore of 76 instead of 75 mm (with the stroke unchanged at 110 mm) and a slightly higher compression ratio (5.5:1 instead of 5.2:1), boosting power output to 71 hp. Thanks to its shortened wheelbase and low weight, the Sport reached a top speed of 130 km/h, compared with 110 km/h for the Normale.

When the 6th and 7th series were introduced in 1925, the Sport was replaced by the Super Sport, with an engine that delivered 83 hp. The six-cylinder in-line 3-litre engine consisted of a cast-iron monobloc and cylinder head, a gear-driven side camshaft, two valves per cylinder, two carburettors and an ignition with a high-voltage magnet. The Super Sport also featured brakes with larger drums (420 mm in diameter), a four-speed gearbox plus reverse gear with central lever control and, just like its predecessor, achieved a top speed of 130 km/h.

A total of 2631 Alfa Romeo RLs were produced between 1922 and 1927, including 392 Super Sports: 304 6th series units in 1925 and 88 7th series models between 1926 and 1927.



The stage on which the Alfa Romeo RL achieved its greatest triumphs was the Targa Florio, where it secured a one-two finish in 1923 (in the two-seater spider configuration). The winner was Ugo Sivocci and a third RL came in fourth position. Sivocci's car was the first painted with a green cloverleaf on a white background, which would later become the hallmark of Alfa Romeo competition cars and sportier production models. Numerous racing drivers have won with the RL: from Giulio Masetti to Antonio Ascari , from Giuseppe Campari to the young Enzo Ferrari.

The 1923 edition of the Targa Florio served up a barnstorming finale. Alfa Romeo had a line-up of five RLs, driven by Antonio Ascari (the father of future F1 world champion, Alberto), Giuseppe Campari, Giulio Masetti, Enzo Ferrari and Ugo Sivocci. On the fourth and last lap of the Madonie circuit, Ascari emerged first position from the hills, but at the Cerda Station corner, around 200 m from the finish line, his car stopped sharply due to a technical malfunction. With the help of the mechanics, who enthusiastically climbed into the car, Ascari succeeded in passing the finish line first, but the commissioners asked him to turn back and finish the race without anyone on board. Sivocci, in second place, sprang into action and won the first of ten victories for Alfa Romeo at the Targa Florio, as well as the first international victory for the Milanese constructor.

In the first edition of the Mille Miglia in 1927, Alfa Romeo fielded five RL Super Sports, including two in the official team, driven by Brilli Peri-Pesenti and Marinoni-Ramponi, and three with private crews. All of the RL SS cars performed very well and Gastone Brilli Peri reached Rome in the lead but was forced to retire in Spoleto. As a result, the best finish achieved by the new Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport was seventh place overall for Mercanti (competing under the pseudonym of "Frate Ignoto" or Unknown Monk) partnered by Carlo Sozzi, who also came third in their class. The other private pairing of Gutermann-Munaron finished ninth out of the 77 crews who started the race in Brescia.



The Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Opened on 24 June 2015, during the world preview of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Macchina del tempo - Museo Storico Alfa Romeo - welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. There is also more information available on the website www.museoalfaromeo.com . The museum is home to the most significant pieces in Alfa Romeo's historic collection and it is the heart of a genuine "brand centre", with a bookshop, café, Documentation Centre, test drive track, events venues and a show-room with a customer delivery area, in a perfect bond between past, present and future. It was inaugurated in 1976 and was open to visitors by reservation only. Following the decommissioning of the Arese production plant and the ensuing loss of the Centre's directional role, the museum was closed in 2011. As part of Alfa Romeo's global relaunch plan, the Museum in Arese - symbolic location for the company's history - has been identified as the fulcrum of the brand's rebirth.

At the end of 2013, the architect Benedetto Camerana was asked to propose a new project which would integrate the objectives of the rebirth while preserving the existing construction. The project began in the summer of 2014 and, in less than 12 months, an important restoration project affecting the entire building was carried out by FCA Partecipazioni.

The building is characterized by a red cantilever roof covering the entire extension of the facility and tracing the itinerary from the parking lot to the Museum: a red ribbon leading all the way up to the beginning of the museum itinerary, which opens with the new shape of the escalator.
This last architectural addition, which can clearly be seen from the motorway owing to its bright "Alfa red" hue, is the symbol of the Museum's rebirth: a modern feature, set within a 1970s architectural context, which provides the necessary link between past and present.
The exhibition includes ther models which have not only contributed the most to the development of the brand, but to that of the car in general. From the first car of all, the A.L.FA., the 24 HP, to the legendary winning models of the Mille Miglia such as the 6C 1750 Gran Sport driven by Tazio Nuvolari, the 8C Touring and the Formula 1 Gran Premio 159 'Alfetta 159' driven by Juan Manuel Fangio; from the Giulietta, iconic model of the 1950s, to the 33 TT 12.

The very essence of the brand has been condensed into three leading lines: Timeline, which represents industrial continuity; Bellezza, which involves style and design; Speed, which is a summary of technology. Each topic is displayed on a specific floor in the museum.
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    Abarth Days 2019: over 5,000 Scorpion fans at Mind in Milan to celebrate the 70th anniversary


    • From 5 to 6 October, the largest Abarth meeting in history took place in Milan, drawing crowds of owners and fans, ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the brand.
    • The record set by the last edition was smashed: over 5,000 fans, more than 3,000 Abarth vehicles and 3,500 test drives in the new 70th Anniversary range.
    • The event included the world première of Abarth 695 70° Anniversario, a bold limited edition featuring the new distinctive adjustable spoiler, reminiscent of the legendary racing history of the Scorpion.


    On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October, the largest official Abarth meeting in history took place in Milan, smashing the record set at the last edition: more than 5,000 fans and over 3,000 Abarth vehicles attended, taking part in 3,500 test drives in the new 70th Anniversary range. Figures that effectively sum up the success of a winning 2-day event which, in perfect Abarth style, treated visitors to fun, emotion and adrenaline, and featured the world première of the new Abarth 695 70° Anniversario, the most important tribute to the first seventy years of the brand. Undisputed queen of the event, the bold limited edition charmed all the participants with her new adjustable spoiler, green Monza 1958 livery and the Campovolo grey body-kit, a tribute to the racing world and history of the Scorpion.



    The backdrop to Abarth Days 2019 was MIND (Milan Innovation District) where a race track of about 3 km was set up, offering a thrillingly rapid succession of straights, bends and chicanes. Adrenaline was at an all-time high for the fans, who were able to drive their own Abarth vehicles on the city track, test drive the new Abarth "70th Anniversary" range and step into the shoes of a co-driver on board the 124 rally beside one of the Abarth drivers. In this last case, a specific track was created to offer a taste of the performances of the powerful 124 Abarth rally, winner of the FIA R-GT CUP for the second year running.

    The countless activities on offer characterised the 2-day event, along with the electrifying music played by the DJs on the main stage and there was truly something for fans of all ages: a BMX stunt exhibition, a display of the vehicles behind the history of the Abarth brand, the new Abarth range, gaming areas for young people and a kids area, as well as safe driving session with Abarth instructors and 595 specifically set up with skids. The areas dedicated to partners included the stands of Abarth Racing sponsors Sabelt, Manpower Exteris, LM Gianetti, EGV1 and Grom, along with a selection of "Abarth Authentic Accessories powered by Mopar".

    An "Online Abarth Day" took place at the same time as the real-world meeting at MIND with more than 1,000 published contents, starting from the reveal of the Abarth 695 70° Anniversario, for the first time simultaneously across Europe on Facebook Première that reached over 140,000 people.
    The online community participated with more than 90,000 likes and comments on social media. The latest addition to the Abarth line-up was viewed 120,000 times.

    Additionally, the event hosted Mopar® Express Care, the innovative authorised service, operating from a fully equipped mobile workshop set up on a Ducato base.

    Performance, Fun and Heritage. Abarth Days 2019 undoubtedly confirmed its role as the most eagerly anticipated event for Scorpion fans from all over Europe, eager to share their passion for the Italian brand. Many of these fans are part of the ever increasing global Abarth community - currently comprising 77 official clubs (nearly double those of 2016) with over 5,000 members and many others belong to "The Scorpionship" community, that has been active for three years in the EMEA area with over 111,000 members and that can be joined free of charge on the website scorpionship.abarth.com.
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    The Talento MY 2020 is here, the perfect combination of agility and performance


    With new Euro6d-Temp engines, new interiors and new connectivity, the Fiat Professional model has been renewed to reassert its point of strength in load capacity and comfort

    The new Talento Model Year 2020 is here with new 2-litre, Euro6d-Temp engines and many new features in the cabin, including a 7" Touch-Radio Nav infotainment system that is Apple CarPlay ready and Android AutoTM compatible via a dedicated app. The qualities that made it the ideal workmate for professionals in cities and out have been confirmed, such as top of class Load Capacity and cabin functionality. The innovations of the MY 2020 will certainly contribute to consolidating the success of the model that during the first six months of the year marked a growth in sales volumes of 13% compared to the same period of 2018.

    New Euro6d-Temp engines, up to 11% more fuel-efficient
    A major innovation of the MY 2020 Talento is the introduction of the new 2-litre EcoJet engine, which complies with the Euro6d-Temp standard and is characterised by fuel-efficiency improved by up to 11%, with better power and torque than the previous 1.6-litre engine. Available in three different power ratings (120 HP and 320 Nm, 145 HP and 350 Nm and 170 HP and 380 Nm) and with peak torque already available at 1500 rpm, the engine is equipped with a variable geometry turbocharger for a smoother ride and brilliant performance at low speeds to the benefit of fuel efficiency in real use. Thanks to its electronic control, the new turbocharger can adapt its fluid dynamics to engine speed and driving style to provide the right supercharging at all times. Furthermore, the engines implement Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology that abates nitrogen oxide emissions by injecting a solution of AdBlue® into the exhaust gas. Finally, the engine range of the Talento MY 2020 is completed by the compact 1.6 EcoJet Turbo 95 HP with S&S and 260 Nm, also with variable geometry turbo and SCR technology.



    Comfort and functionality for trouble-free travels
    Inside, the Talento MY 2020 is designed to provide ultimate comfort and excellent ergonomics, with rugged fabrics and well-shaped seats, which guarantee comfortable seating for all passengers, and the perfectly positioned steering wheel and controls which make everyday driving more relaxing and safer. In particular, the new Black interiors have been refreshed to create an elegant and functional ambience that is appropriately complemented by the numerous storage compartments - with a remarkable total capacity of 90 litres - and "Mobile Office". Upon demand, this practical and intelligent solution includes an innovative reclining central seat, fitted with a foldaway table, opening backrest with storage compartment and document storage pocket.



    Volumes and lengths to meet all professional transport needs
    Available with a full range of body types (low roof and high roof van, people mover, crew cab and floor cab), the Talento MY 2020 comes in two lengths, two heights and two different wheelbases. By combining these elements, the renewed model can be tailored to meet all needs for light transport, from 5.2 to 8.6 cubic meters and with a gross vehicle weight from 2.80 to 3.05 tons and a payload that can reach 1,266 kilograms. More in detail, by opening of the "CargoPlus" partition situated under the passenger seats, professionals can carry objects measuring up to 3.75 metres in length (4.15 metres for the long wheelbase trim level). The extraordinary flexibility is guaranteed also by the threshold height of just 552 millimetres and the width of the 1030 millimetres sliding door (placed at 100 millimetres from the floor). The load volume equals 5.2 cubic metres in the short wheelbase trim level, 6 cubic metres in the long wheelbase trim level and a generous 8.6 cubic metres in the long wheelbase and raised roof trim level; this means that the Talento MY 2020, even in the short wheelbase trim level, can carry three Euro pallets.



    Infotainment that is Apple CarPlay ready and Android AutoTM compatible
    The new Talento MY2020 also features the best in infotainment by fitting the new 7" Touch-Radio Nav device which is Apple CarPlay ready and Android AutoTM compatible. Equipped with USB input and DAB radio tuner, the system also offers navigation function and Bluetooth® technology for hands-free phone use. Furthermore, Apple CarPlay shows road directions optimised according to traffic conditions and can be used to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and listen to Apple Music, audio books and podcasts while remaining focused on the road.
    CarPlay also implements Siri voice control and is specifically designed for use in driving scenarios.
    The system is compatible with Android AutoTM as well, to continue the Android experience in the car, by "projecting" apps and services on to the central display. It is designed to make retrieving information while driving easy and safe. The drivers can use Google MapsTM or Waze to obtain route guidance and easily access music, multimedia contents and their favourite messaging apps. To learn more about Android Auto compatibility: support.google.com/androidauto.

    Android Auto, Google Play and Google Maps are trademarks of Google LLC.
    Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
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    1 Μήνας 1 Εβδομάδα πριν #5106 από nickstath
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    Comment on FCA Sales in Italy for Third Quarter 2019
    • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closed the third quarter of 2019 with sales in Italy totaling more than 86,000 vehicles and market share at 22.4%. In September, sales were up 11.4% year-over-year to 31,400 vehicles
    • Jeep posted a 27.7% sales increase in September with market share 0.45 percentage points higher at 4.0%. Customers of the Jeep Renegade went for the more exclusive trim packages with premium versions accounting for 70% of total sales in September
    • Lancia posted another very positive quarter, with sales up 35.0% year-over-year and market share at 2.9%. In September, the Lancia Ypsilon was the second best-selling model overall and first in the B segment
    • The Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia ranked first in the SUV and sedan D segments, respectively, while the Fiat 124 Spider was first in the H segment with a 30.0% year-over-year increase
    • A total of five FCA models ranked in the Italian top ten in September. These included the Fiat Panda and Lancia Ypsilon (first and second), as well as the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and Fiat 500
    • n addition, the Fiat Panda, Lancia Ypsilon, Jeep Renegade, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Fiat 500L and Fiat Qubo ranked first in their respective segments for the quarter. The Panda, Ypsilon, Stelvio and Qubo were the leaders in their respective segments for the month. For the year-to-date, the Panda, Ypsilon, Renegade, Stelvio, 500L and Qubo were all segment leaders.
    FCA closed the third quarter with a significant increase in Italian sales in September, essentially in line with the industry, but with less positive results in July and August. The result for September (Alfa Romeo +33.9%, Jeep +27.7%, Lancia +23.5% and Fiat +3.4%) represents a positive sign for the final quarter of the year. Group market share for the quarter totaled 22.4%, with a particularly strong performance from Lancia, which posted a 35.0% year-over-year increase in sales with share reaching 2.9% (+0.7 percentage points).

    A real success story for the quarter was the Lancia Ypsilon. The current version, launched in 2011 with a major refresh in 2015, continues to be one of the most popular models in Italy. With continuous updates and new trim packages, the Ypsilon was second only to the Fiat Panda for both the quarter and the month of September. In fact, the Ypsilon is experiencing a second youth and is on track to beat its strong 2018 sales result (of nearly 50,000 units sold) with a 29.5% increase for the year-to-date. The average age of customers purchasing an Ypsilon in 2019 was lower than in 2018, due in part to the success of the Black and Noir special edition launched earlier this year. The Ypsilon has the highest percentage of women customers and a customer base younger than the average for the B segment.

    Overall, third quarter sales were heavily impacted by results in July and August, with the need to register Euro 6D Temp vehicles influencing sales strategies across the sector. Through consistent sales of Euro 6C and 6D Temp vehicles in the period leading up to the end of August, FCA avoided significant levels of excess stock and, in contrast to many of its competitors, the need to rely on "zero kilometer" vehicle sales to reduce those stock levels. This ensured sales were profitable despite the impact on volumes and share.

    For Jeep, customers of the Renegade went primarily for the premium Night Eagle, Limited, S and Trailhawk packages with demand for these versions increasing in the third quarter to account for 70% of total sales. The top-of-the-line S version, launched in May, accounted for 7% of total sales.

    For Alfa Romeo, the Stelvio was the brand's best-selling model, boosted by the attractive range of lease, rental and financing options introduced in the final few weeks of the quarter. There was a 60% year-over-year increase in retail customers purchasing their vehicle via innovative solutions such as rental and leasing typically utilized by business customers. The Stelvio closed the quarter with a 15.0% segment share, while the Giulia continued as the best-selling D-segment sedan.

    For Fiat, the 500X and Panda posted positive results for the quarter. Driven in part by the new Sport version, the 500X posted its highest monthly sales since March, which saw the launch of the 120th Anniversary version. The Panda continued as the most popular vehicle in Italy for the quarter and year-to-date. The recent launch of the new Trussardi special edition also represented the introduction of the first ever "luxury Panda".

    The Fiat Panda, Lancia Ypsilon, Jeep Renegade, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Fiat 500L and Fiat Qubo ranked first in their respective segments for the quarter and the year-to-date.

    A total of five FCA models ranked in the Italian top ten in September. These included the Fiat Panda and Lancia Ypsilon (first and second), as well as the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and Fiat 500.
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    2019 FIA Formula One Japanese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday


    Weather: Qualifying: sunny and windy, 22.7-21.5°C air, 38.6-34.0°C track; Race: sunny and windy, 22.0-21.2°C air, 35.5-27.9°C track

    Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
    "We got into the race hoping to be in the top ten but in the end we weren't able to fight for the points after the opening laps. We showed a much better pace in the closing stages, on the soft tyres, so we will have to review what happened and analyse the data to ensure we can deliver the same level of performance throughout the race. In such a tight field, we need to extract the best from our car at all times or the competition will have the upper hand, which is what happened today."

    Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
    Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 06/Ferrari)
    Q: 13th
    Race result: 14th
    Fastest lap: 1:33.190
    Tyres: New med 15 laps - new hard 21 laps - new soft 15 laps

    "It's a disappointing end to our weekend. We always do all we can to bring home a good result and in the end the car was pretty good on the last set of tyres. We were running three, four seconds faster than earlier in the race, but unfortunately by then we had lost a lot of time and our afternoon was compromised. We couldn't find a good balance in the first two stints on medium and hard tyres, they just wouldn't work and I had no front end. We have to look at the data to understand what happened and figure out what to fix, so that we can consistently have the performance we had in the final part of the race."

    Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
    Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
    Q: 11th
    Race result: 16th
    Fastest lap: 1:32.369
    Tyres: New med 18 laps - new hard 31 laps - new soft 2 laps

    "It was a difficult weekend for us. The conditions weren't ideal with the wind, but in the end it's the same for everyone so we need to focus on our work. Our pace turned out to be better in qualifying than in the race in comparison with our rivals and we have to understand why. The potential of the car is there but we have to keep working to improve ahead of the final races and do the best possible job in the rest of the season."
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    Electrification and training: the excellence of the FCA Melfi plant for the new production of Jeep® Compass for Europe, including the Plug-in Hybrid version


    • The electrification of the FCA range continues: the first tests on the new production line for Jeep® Compass - also including the Plug-in Hybrid version - have started at the Melfi plant in Basilicata, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
    • Pride of the Melfi complex is the staff's training at the "Plant Academy", an innovation that reinforces ideas and talent for the implementation of the FCA's electrification strategy and the sharing of best practices with other factories of the Group.
    • From the first quarter of next year, the production of Jeep Compass will start at the Melfi factory, followed by the innovative Plug-in Hybrid version both for Compass and Renegade, to respond even faster to the growing demand in Europe.
    • Another step is taken in the implementation of the Italian FCA 2019-2021 investment plan, announced last November to face future market challenges. This is part of a wider strategy: not only will the range be electrified according to the guidelines of each brand, but all activities related to electric mobility will be coordinated with the creation of the e-Mobility team.
    • With the launch of the new Plug-in Hybrid, Compass aims at surpassing the 2018 record, with over 78,000 registrations in the EMEA region that confirmed it as the best-selling Jeep model in Europe.
    As a symbolic bridge between the past and future, today marks a dual celebration for FCA: the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Melfi Plant and the start of the first tests on the new Jeep® Compass production line to serve the European market. The growing success of the model, launched in 2016 and initially produced for Europe in Mexico, made it possible to bring production directly to Italy, including also the innovative Plug-in Hybrid version, to the Melfi plant in Basilicata, which has produced over 7.4 million cars since 1994.

    In line with the 5 billion Euro investment plan that FCA announced for Italy, this is another important step in the evolution of the brand. It highlights both its vocation for technological innovation and the excellence of the Italian factory, one of the most innovative in the world. The plant was chosen in 2014 to create the first Jeep B-SUV: Jeep Renegade (900,000 units of which have rolled off the Melfi production line since launch). Manufacturing of the Jeep Compass in Southern Italy will begin in the first quarter of next year, producing vehicles for sale in the European market, followed by the production of the Plug-in Hybrid version both for Compass and Renegade. This will enable the Group to respond faster to customer needs and market dynamics.



    The production of the Jeep Compass is part of a much wider investment plan, which includes the introduction of 13 all-new or restyled models, and the launch of an electrification plan, with the introduction of 12 electric versions of new or existing models in the range. In particular, plans are going ahead for the production of Compass and Renegade Plug-in Hybrid versions in the Melfi plant, while the Mirafiori complex in Turin will house production of the Fiat 500 BEV and hybrid and battery electric Maserati models (also to be produced in Modena). Further plans include production of the Ducato Electric and the new Alfa Romeo Tonale, both at Italian plants.

    In 2015, for the launch of the Renegade, the "Plant Academy" was created in the Melfi factory, a breeding ground for new ideas and experiments, and a "talent factory" for developing people's potential. A significant contribution to FCA's electrification strategy, it is a virtous example that has inspired numerous other FCA factories, where other Academy Plants have followed. The industrial centre in Basilicata is a natural choice for producing the Plug-in Hybrid Renegade and Compass for the EMEA region, the first Plug-in Hybrid Jeep models. A new chapter in Jeep's legendary history, that will uphold the core brand values of freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion.

    The Melfi plant was chosen not just for its location, but also on account of the many values it shares with the Jeep brand, such as the continuous quest for manufacturing excellence and sophisticated technological innovation. The Compass that will be built at Melfi shares the same features and, thanks to the innovative Plug-in Hybrid technology, will face the challenge of entering Europe's largest and fastest-growing segment, the compact SUV sector. Currently, in Europe, it accounts for 45% of the overall SUV market and is forecast to overtake today's 2.5 million units sold annually.



    Produced in Mexico, Brazil, China, India and soon in Italy, Jeep Compass, supported also by the new electrified version, is truly a global model. It has a very special bond with the EMEA region and above all with Europe. When launched here in 2017, it was conceived as the first Jeep model designed specifically for European roads. This set the stage on which Compass is now starring, with over 78,000 vehicles registered in EMEA in 2018 - accounting for over 40% of the annual Jeep volumes. This makes it, along with Renegade, the best-selling Jeep model in Europe. This year, in Italy, Compass is confirming its leadership in the premium part of its segment: one out of three 4x4s sold in Italy in the C-SUV segment today is a Compass. With the new Plug-in Hybrid, it is ready to exceed this record.

    Compass plays a strategic role for the Jeep brand and that's why the brand continues to invest heavily in it. This can be seen in the recent launch of the peerless Trailhawk version - the C-SUV with best ever off-road performance - and the future launch of the new Plug-in Hybrid version, intended to revolutionize the entire SUV concept. The arrival of the Compass production in Melfi is a further step in this direction, backed up by the manufacturing excellence of the Italian complex. It was here that Jeep Renegade was born, the first Jeep B-SUV, contributing decisively to the extraordinary growth of 330% in registrations by the Jeep brand in EMEA over the last five years.

    The FCA strategy is to not only electrify the range, while respecting the guidelines of each brand, but to also bring together an e-Mobility team to coordinate all activities related to electric mobility, ensuring that Jeep customers perceive mobility and the use of their car in a new way. To offer customers everything they need to drive an electric car on a daily basis and with peace of mind, a whole new ecosystem must be created for its use, in both a competitive and sustainable way. This will also require the signing a series of agreements with various partners such as Enel X, Engie, Terna, Transatel, Lexis Nexis and Generali, as has happened in recent weeks. The goal? To help customers choose the electric car that best suits their needs and provide a complete range of stress-free services

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