Monthly Archives: December 2017

Alfa Romeo working on seven-seat, mild-hybrid SUV

Alfa Romeo will kick off its next product offensive with an SUV larger than the Stelvio (pictured) being prepared for launch about two years from now. The people-hauler, built on the Stelvio’s Giorgio platform (the same as the Giulia sedan), will be the first brand offering with an electrified drivetrain, and the largest vehicle Alfa Romeo has ever built. A report last year said the coming SUV would probably slot into the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE segment, however, the XL Stelvio has been benchmarked against the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, and a seven-seater model is likely.

Alfa Romeo Chief Technical Officer Roberto Fedeli opened up to Auto Express, saying that a larger, heavier SUV could embody brand DNA with the help of “a 48-volt mild hybrid solution.” The near-instant get-up of an e-turbo would counteract weight gain expected to be around 440 pounds. Fedeli revealed Alfa Romeo’s testing a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with an e-turbo on a simulator, and said they “can achieve around 350 to 400 bhp.” Right now, the standard Stelvio produces 280 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter. A larger model that opened proceedings at 350 hp would create enough separation between the Stelvio and a rival like the 333-horsepower Audi Q7 with the 3.0-liter six-cylinder. Were there a Quadrifoglio version, we’d imagine it would want to outdo the 505-hp coming from the four-leaf Stelvio.

2018 is going to be a pickup truck battle royale between Ford, GM and Ram

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Pickups have long been the U.S. auto industry’s hardest-fought sector, with stakes so high that no potential advantage is seen as too costly and no gain goes uncontested. But the competition will be even more heated in 2018 as Ford, General Motors and FCA US pursue new strategies for their truck lineups.

Uber driver caught with stolen $250,000 Ferrari California

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A man whose listed occupation is listed as an Uber driver — 26-year old Hilburn Jay Brendon Hunkins of Kissimmee, Florida — was driving a black 2017 Ferrari California on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida, Thursday morning, when he drew the attention of a Gainesville Police officer who was part of a drug enforcement task force.

Autoblog’s 50 most-read stories of 2017

It was a big year for car news: new models, new technologies, and new directions for the industry and for the ways we’ll move around in the world. Out of the thousands of stories and hundreds of videos we’ve published this year, there was a lot of great content that got a lot of readership but didn’t make this list — reviews, rumors, inside scoops, breaking news, interviews with automotive newsmakers. Think of the stuff that’s not here: Nissan Leaf, Chevy Silverado, back-to-back new Volvo crossovers. Greg Migliore drove a Ford GT, for pete’s sake, and even that didn’t quite hit the top 50. And note the complete and utter absence of Tesla.

So why were these the most-read stories? Sometimes it’s obvious: Accord, Bronco, Demon, Stinger, F-150. Sometimes the stuff you liked surprised us. But these are the ones you really latched on to, for whatever reason — stories about cars and trucks, people and pictures, heroes and heels.

2018 is going to be a pickup truck battle royale between Ford, GM and Ram

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Pickups have long been the U.S. auto industry’s hardest-fought sector, with stakes so high that no potential advantage is seen as too costly and no gain goes uncontested. But the competition will be even more heated in 2018 as Ford, General Motors and FCA US pursue new strategies for their truck lineups.