Fiat's Italian Brands Plan Massive Assault

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The first name in the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is, of course, Fiat, but that doesn't mean there will be much news for the Italian brand in the U.S. over the next five years.

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Only a couple of new Fiat models are coming to our market by 2018, but combined with the relaunch of the Alfa Romeo badge and the expansion of Maserati in the U.S., there will be some interesting new vehicles to see down at the Italian end of your FCA showroom:

By Aaron Bragman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

Apple Unveils CarPlay for Volvo, Mercedes, Ferrari at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Having already revolutionized the way people around the world buy and listen to music, communicate with one another and generally manage their daily lives, Apple is taking its innovation on the road. The tech giant today at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show announced the rollout of its latest bid to dominate the in-car operating-system market: Apple CarPlay — touted as "the best iPhone experience on four wheels." Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will lead the way in offering CarPlay to their customers starting this week, to be followed later by BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota, according to Apple.

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The system allows iPhone users to access all of their content while in the car, with minimal distraction, Apple stated in a news release. CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the 5s, 5c and 5 models.

"Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails," Apple said in a statement. "When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers' messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call."

By Matt Schmitz | March 3, 2014 | Comments (3)

2013 Ferrari LaFerrari at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Bugatti Veyron
  • Looks like: Ferrari's take on the Pagani Zonda
  • Drivetrain: 949-hp (combined) hybrid system with 6.3-liter V-12 and electric motor; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2014

Witness a hybrid supercar whose name literally translates "The Ferrari." To call it "the LaFerrari" — or, heaven forbid, "The Ferrari LaFerrari" — would be redundant. Ferrari says it's a 2013 model, and it doesn't arrive to the U.S. until early 2014. Its name apparently holds both singular and plural designations; multiple LaFerraris are, well, multiple LaFerrari. This is self-indulgence at its peak — an automotive Ochocinco or Metta World Peace, if you will.

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Strewn with mammoth air intakes and overlapping bodywork, the LaFerrari (redundancy accepted) is the same length as the Enzo it roughly succeeds. The LaFerrari is 3.3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the brand's current F12berlinetta flagship but more than 6 inches shorter in terms of height. The car uses Ferrari's new HY-KERS hybrid system we learned about at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, which couples a 120-kilowatt electric motor with a 789-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-12. Total output is 949 hp with at least 663 pounds-feet of torque to boot. And boot you it will: Ferrari says the LaFerrari hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. That would make it the quickest production Ferrari — excluding racecars — the brand offers. The next-quickest F12berlinetta takes about 3 seconds flat.

By Kelsey Mays | March 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011-12 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2012 Ferrari California

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Ferrari is recalling 74 model-year 2011-12 versions of two if its exotic cars, the 458 Italia and California, because of problems with the crankshaft, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Because of incorrect machining, the crankshaft may fail, possibly resulting in the engine seizing. This could lead to an accident.

Ferrari will notify owners later this month, and dealers will repair or replace the engine free of charge. Owners can call Ferrari at 201-816-2600 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 21, 2012 | Comments (2)

Ferrari Plans Hybrid Powertrain

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At the Beijing Auto Show, Ferrari announced that it plans to offer a hybrid powertrain in 2013. The exotic-car manufacturer showed off its gas/electric HY-KERS concept at the show and confirmed that the technology will be available in its yet-to-be-named Enzo replacement.

The concept's powertrain couples a 12-cylinder engine with two electric motors. The first is paired with the engine and a dual-clutch transmission; the second powers the auxiliary systems. A regenerative braking system helps capture and reuse the kinetic energy lost during braking. Samsung Electronics in South Korea will provide Ferrari’s lithium-ion battery cells.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 27, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta: First Look

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  • Competes with: Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin V12 Zagato
  • Looks like: You can almost make the FF grille attractive
  • Drivetrain: 730 hp V-12 engine, F1 dual-clutch transmission
  • Hits dealerships: TBD

A new Ferrari model is cause for celebration in the automotive world. Well, maybe except for the FF unveiled last year.

The F12berlinetta — yes all one word — will spark boyhood fantasies and adorn computer desktop backgrounds of working adults worldwide.

The design incorporates the grille from the FF, the headlights from the 458 Italia and the hood scoop of the California all into what is a rather cohesively drop-dead gorgeous look.

Ferrari, of course, isn't selling this front-engine machine — likely to cost upward of $300,000 — on looks. It can haul, too. Zero-to-62 mph speeds of 3.1 seconds are about as fast as you can get in any road-ready vehicle. To get that performance, Ferrari tuned its V-12 engine to produce 730 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque — the most powerful Ferrari of all time, as well as the fastest.

By David Thomas | February 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

Ferrari Offers Seven Years Free Maintenance

There is one itsy-bitsy downside to Ferrari ownership: the cost of maintenance. When the price of an oil change hits four digits even the most well-heeled car owner can blanch.

To assuage these fears, Ferrari has announced a new seven-year free maintenance program for new North American owners of the 2012 Ferrari California, 458 Italia or FF. Those cars come with starting prices around $200,000 and higher. The FF is already sold out for its first year and doesn’t even have an official price tag yet.

What does the free maintenance include?

All scheduled maintenance visits, which for Ferrari is every 12,500 miles or once per year. We’d doubt most Ferrari owners put 12,500 miles on their cars in a year. However, this is not capped at seven services. If the owner does drive the car more than 87,500 miles before the seven years is up — again, we doubt this will happen — they will get free service for every 12,500 miles until the timetable is up.

Ferrari doesn’t specify the types of service, but we imagine they include the same kinds of routine maintenance you get at your local Toyota, Scion, Lincoln, VW, BMW, Jaguar and Mini dealerships. All have free maintenance programs, but they don’t run as long as Ferrari’s program.

Ferrari’s free maintenance program is transferable to a new owner, which will help with the healthy collector market for the prancing horse.

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By David Thomas | July 27, 2011 | Comments (6)

2012 Ferrari FF Shows Up in Chicago

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Ferrari brought its successor to the 612 Scaglietti, the all-wheel-drive FF hatchback, to Chicago last week as part of a national roadshow. Of Ferrari’s 36 U.S. retailers, the city has two — Lake Forest Sportscars and Continental AutoSports — and each will receive maybe two FFs to deliver at the tail end of the year, Lake Forest general manager Dan Carver said. The Italian brand’s flagship, the 660-horsepower FF will find perhaps 200 U.S. owners in 2012. Ferrari’s best-selling California sales “easily triple that,” Carver said.

Not far from Cars.com headquarters, we checked out the four-seat FF. When it debuted last January, the hatchback’s profile rankled enthusiasts, but Ferrari defends its practicality. A nine-year project, the car resulted from Ferrari wanting something that could accommodate four adults and their luggage for a weekend trip while still lapping the automaker’s Fiorano circuit in respectable time. In fact, the FF is “as fast around Fiorano as the 599” GTB, presenter Paul Gerrard said.

The car’s nose, whose headlights resemble the 458 Italia, gives way to a profile similar to BMW’s onetime Z4 coupe. The roofline hangs high until just ahead of the rear window, lending decent backseat headroom. Not that it’s spacious back there.

By Kelsey Mays | July 25, 2011 | Comments (5)

Ferrari FF: First Look

Ferrari FFFerrari’s product proliferation went to a new level today with the addition of a four-seater shooting-brake concept, called the Ferrari FF.

The FF, which is an acronym for Ferrari Four, will seat four and has part-time all-wheel drive. That’s a big deal; it’s the first time a Ferrari has ever had an all-wheel-drive system. It’s lightweight, according to the automaker, enough so that the FF has nearly perfect weight distribution (47/53).

Overall, the look stands out compared with Ferrari’s five other models. The FF replaces the 612 Scaglietti and looks like a cross between the 599 in the rear and the 458 Italia up front, except with a hatchback-like rear.

The FF features Ferrari’s new V-12 powertrain, which produces an estimated 651 horsepower and 504 pounds-feet of torque. It’s mated to a Getrag dual-clutch F1 gearbox. The powertrain is capable of propelling the car from zero to 62 mph in an estimated 3.7 seconds.

The FF will officially debut at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show in March. In the meantime, check out more photos below. We’ll have more U.S.-specific information once Ferrari makes it available.

By Colin Bird | January 21, 2011 | Comments (13)

Recall Alert: 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

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Ferrari North America is recalling 303 of its 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia vehicles over inadequate heat shield protection, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Under certain conditions, the heat created by the engine can cause possible deformations of the rear right and left wheel wells. When this happens the wells themselves can deform close enough to the exhaust system to cause the bonding adhesives to ignite, resulting in a vehicle fire or crash.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified this month. Ferrari dealerships will remove the existing heat shields and bounding adhesives and install new protective heat shields free of charge. Owners can contact Ferrari at 201-816-2600 or NHTSA's hot line at 888-327-4236.

Ferrari says that it received information regarding a possible fire on one of its 458 Italias in August. The automotive community has known about the Ferrari fires for some time, via Jalopnik’s coverage, but that’s not to say that each reported incident there is related to this recall.

By Colin Bird | September 3, 2010 | Comments (7)

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