Posts Tagged ‘Alfa’


Evening folks, as you know by now I don’t report every bit of news that hits my inbox, instead I take it, read it and give you the best bits. I’ll leave the other sites to fight over the scraps we don’t bother reporting.
So here’s the important bits:

The pink complements George's eye colour

Fiat:
The First ever “Ireland Stands up to Cancer” gala charity ball took place in the new Convention Centre in Dublin on October 2nd 2010 and Fiat donated the brilliant little Fiat 500 1.2 pop which generated €30,000 in ticket sales and was won by Sally Anne Sherry from Ballsbridge in Dublin. There were some very famous faces there too which included Louis Walsh; Norma Smurfit; Aprés Match’s Barry Murphy and his TV presenter wife Flo McSweeney; Restauranteurs SallyAnne and Derry Clarke and Newstalk’s George Hook, pictured below alongside an appropriately pink Fiat 500 show car. All Proceeds to go to the following charities:

All Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group

Friends of St Luke’s Hospital

The Children’s Cancer Fund, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin

The Marie Keating Foundation

Hats off to all that attended, there was approximately €250,000 raised in total on the night.

www.theccd.ie/irelandstandsuptocancer/

Still with Fiat, a huge congratulations goes out to the Fiat Yamaha Team, the Spaniard  rider Jorge Lorenzo won his first World Champion title in the MotoGp class. Fiat have been the official sponsors of the Yamaha team since 2007 and have now gotten a third laurel in a row, the other two were won by Valentino Rossi in 2008 and 2009. See Smokerspack isn’t all about cars (but it is the preferred subject around here)

VW

The Passat Bluemotion, in red, obviously

Sunday Times journalist Gavin Conway took a standard Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion on public roads around Britain and France and got 1527 miles from one tank of fuel, this equates to 89.83mpg which is amazing considering the this is a family sized saloon, to top it all the Guinness World Records Organisation officially recognising this as a world-beating distance! We’ll be putting the Golf Bluemotion to the test in November, expect swearing when we have to drive like dull people, I mean economically…

Aston Martin


A few weeks ago we showed you pictures of the Cygnet, the baby Aston based on the Toyota IQ. Well Aston have announced that they are to go into production with the little car. Not only that but they will tailor fit the car to your specifications. I can’t wait to see the 6ltr V12 version! Only joking, but it would be cool though, hmm where’s my measuring tape?

Car sales news from the SIMI

€129 million increase in Government revenues due to scrappage scheme, €43m in VAT and €86m in VRT. Renault are the big winners so far for their excellent deals, and will push ahead with the commercial scrappage.

The market share for each car makers break down like this:

Make Total % share  
     
RENAULT 2477 18%      
FORD 1839 14%      
SKODA 1407 10%      
VOLKSWAGEN 1286 9%      
TOYOTA 1265 9%      
KIA 830 6%      
HYUNDAI 761 6%      
OPEL 750 6%      
NISSAN 683 5%      
PEUGEOT 451 3%      
FIAT 417 3%      
MAZDA 373 3%      
SEAT 367 3%      
MITSUBISHI 113 1%      
CITROEN 112 1%      
SUZUKI 99 1%      
CHEVROLET 78 1%      
VOLVO 73 1%      
HONDA 71 1%      
AUDI 58 0%      
BMW 40 0%      
MINI 24 0%      
MERCEDES-BENZ 10 0%      
PERODUA 10 0%      
SUBARU 9 0%      
ALFA ROMEO 6 0%      
LEXUS 3 0%      
DAIHATSU 2 0%      
SAAB 1 0%      
Overall 13,615 100%      

Well that’s it for now folks, coming up is a test review for our favorite drivers car the Alfa MiTo, if you missed it watch the video here. Also to come the Citroen C3 on test this week.


I got a press release today that I thought was one of the best I’ve read all year, I’m very happy to publish it word for word, enjoy.

“Alfa Romeo Ireland Responds to Comments Made by
VW’s Ferdinand Piëch at the Paris Motorshow
 
The chairman of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piëch, publically stated his desire to acquire the iconic Alfa Romeo brand at the Paris Motorshow last week. However, we at Alfa Romeo Ireland believes his comments may have been misconstrued. Mr. Piëch, like thousands of other Alfa Romeo fans around the world, may simply have been expressing his desire to own an Alfa Romeo, most likely the all-new Giulietta – a car which Top Gear Magazine says “might just be the best car that Alfa has built in its 100 years of existence.” After all, the Giulietta offers the sort of quality and refinement Mr. Piëch is well accustomed in his products, but with that extra dash of desirability that you only get with an Alfa Romeo.
 
The 73-year old also seems prepared to wait a long time for his new Giulietta. “Time works in our favour on such a deal,” he was heard to comment. “Ask me again in two years’ time.” However, Alfa Romeo Ireland would like Mr. Piëch to know that although demand for the Giulietta is likely to push Alfa Romeo’s sales beyond 150,000 in 2011 (keeping the brand on target for sales of 300,000 by 2014 as outlined by Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne in Fiat Group Automobile’s five-year business plan announced last April) there are no supply issues with the Giulietta and he can actually have one today if he so wishes. Nor will waiting two years help Mr. Piëch negotiate a better price for his new Giulietta. At €19,995 for the entry-level 1.4 TB 120hp Turismo, the Giulietta is already one of the best value family cars on sale today.
 
In conclusion, Alfa Romeo Ireland would like to thank Mr. Piëch for his interest and suggests that he visit http://www.alfaromeo.ie to find his nearest dealer, request a brochure or configure the Alfa Romeo of his dreams.”

Hats off Alfa Romeo Ireland, best press release of the year!