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The FIAT 500X – è stato bello

There’s something about Latin cars that brings on a little Italian flair to the writing even when, as in this case, under the skin they are a Jeep Renegade. The original FIAT 500 is now an object of automotive desire and the designers have done a great job with bringing the diminutive model into the 21st Century. What we didn’t know is that it would grow and grow. It grew into the 500L and then into the FIAT 500X Cross you see here. Continue reading

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FIAT 124 Spider – Old School & Better For It

Italian cars of the past had all the attributes of a practiced vamp: hugely desirable and ruinously expensive. Invariably, the design was gorgeous but the construction and electrics were often suspect and rust was an ever present spectre of impending brown doom and general owner misery. Continue reading

Object Of Desire – The Maserati Ghibli.

MaseratiWho remembers that star of the silver screen, Gina Lollobrigida? In her heyday not only was she a fine actor but was also heart-stoppingly beautiful and very, very Italian. I’m delighted to say she is still with us today. This is the thing about Italy; the country staggers from one financial or corruption linked scandal to another yet consistently manages to turn out lasting things of beauty. It has always been so. Continue reading

The New Alfa Romeo Giulia – Wow Is The Word

Alfa Romeo GuiliaFinally, here it is – the long awaited replacement for the gorgeous but flawed 159 (I know about these things, I used to own one). The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia has been unveiled to the world and the word that springs to mind is ‘Wow!’ It is, say Alfa, of distinctive Italian design with innovative powertrains, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio. Continue reading

Maserati Ghibli – Italian Style

Maserati Ghibli interiorThe most recent offering from the Maserati stable, the all-new Ghibli, marks a turning point in the Maserati story, as for the first time in its history the Italian company will have two concurrent four-door saloon models. The Ghibli is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte and provides a cornerstone in Maserati’s plans to build 50,000 cars a year by 2015. Continue reading

Me And My Alfasud

Do you know – and I’m sure you will find this hard to believe – there was a time when cars built in Italy were considered unreliable and poorly made. Supercars were as fragile and fickle as your ex; regular motors were assembled by chaps with their minds cluttered by feverish thoughts of Vespas, beautiful girls and leather jackets from Schiatti & Co to worry about trivia like quality control. Continue reading

Ferrari 488 GTB: Extreme Power – Extreme Driving Thrills

The sad truth is that it is very likely that you, like me, cannot afford to buy the Ferrari 488GTB which is said to have track-level performance and responsiveness – for the road. Some fortunate people will be able to buy it but we can only press our noses against the showroom window and dream. The following is what Ferrari say, btw, I didn’t have a hand in it, alas. Continue reading