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TweetAll photos by Randy Stern It started at an eye doctor’s office. I decided it was time for new glasses. Using the vision care benefit from my day job and the Health Savings Account debit card, I ended up with … Continue reading
Tweet All Photos courtesy of Fiat S.p.A. Alfa Romeo – a great car company once lost to the North American market. If I ask a group of people what Alfa Romeo means to them, I am almost certain that most … Continue reading
Tweet Drive this for my birthday?!? Photo by Randy Stern I am celebrating my birthday today. In the past, I mentioned that I do prefer more understated celebrations at this stage in life. This is true, but what if I … Continue reading
Tweet All photos by Randy Stern The Dodge Dart has just about reached its final destination – the showroom. It is a cause for celebration. The transition of Fiat’s C-EVO architecture to become Chrysler’s CUSW platform has now been framed … Continue reading
Tweet 2012 Chevrolet Orlando Photo (c)2011 General Motors Canada There are times when I truly enjoy stepping back and consider the possibilities. Our universe is one where it can be done – even if you’re asleep in your own comfortable … Continue reading
Remember the Dodge-Alfa Romeo compact I “speculated” a month or so ago? Well…it’s got a name…
Much to the glee of everyone even remotely not in the automotive industry, the Dart name is a throwback to a simpler time. The nomenclature’s reappearance was received with such joy never seen of any automobile in a very long time. It received huge media coverage – one of the television outlets in the Twin Cities had a piece on the Dart’s return.
Perhaps I should explain why everyone went absolutely ecstatic over Chrysler’s announcement of their new compact’s name. Continue reading
With the compact market climbing into prominence in the past year, there is still a feeling that something is still missing from the party. But, what would be missing here? Or, rather, who?
Back in November of 2009, Sergio Marchionne revealed how Chrysler will be able to get back to prominence by 2014 – with Fiat’s help. Part of the plan was to develop a series of automobiles from then-new platform that would envelop about four automotive segments for both Fiat and Chrysler. Fiat’s C-Evo platform was seen as Chrysler’s savior…but it means a whole lot more.
The first product off of this platform was not a Chrysler. Rather, it was an Alfa Romeo – the Giulietta. This important compact was designed to face off against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Renault Megane, Opel/Vauxhall Astra…and so forth. The new Alfa was well received in Europe and is packed with the right stuff to battle in this segment on the other side of the pond.
Obviously, there will be more products coming off of the same platform in the years to come. One of which will be revealed in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This product alone is perhaps the most important of anything either Fiat S.p.A. or Chrysler Group LLC would have coming down the line.
After “Auld Lang Sine” has died down for another New Year’s, Dodge’s new compact car will be revealed to the universe.
Tweet Lake Calhoun Executive Center – Minneapolis, Minn. Photo by Randy Stern Today, I attended the 6th Annual Wheels of Italy Show at the Lake Calhoun Executive Center in Minneapolis. It was indeed a feast for the eyes for Italian … Continue reading
Tweet 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Photo courtesy of Autoblog.com I always wondered if there was some Italian running through my family somewhere. Not that I’m dissatisfied being a Central/Eastern European mutt with blood stretching from France to the Ukraine, … Continue reading