FCA vehicles enjoy an amazing year for award wins
Whether rewarded for their off-road prowess, crossover fun or high-speed performance abilities, FCA’s vehicles have swept up accolades this year.
4x4 Magazine recognised both the Jeep Wrangler and the Fiat Panda Cross in its 4x4 of the Year honours, while What Car? has given top spots to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifgolio in its Car of the Year awards.
The specialist off-road driving publication’s expert panel gave the new fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler a Special Off-Road Award in this year’s competition. The Wrangler beat some very capable competitors in the category, which judges assess exclusively on off-road performance.
4x4 Magazine also honoured the Panda Cross with first place in the Crossover category of its 2019 awards, the vehicle’s second year in a row clinching the title. Judges praised the Panda Cross for its engines, its off-road capability and the ability to put a smile on their faces.
Alan Kidd, editor of 4x4 Magazine, said: “Its light weight and tidy proportions mean it is incredibly manoeuvrable and sure-footed on rough ground. You have to go a long way to find its limits.”
Also celebrating its second year winning a car of the year gong is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which was named ‘Performance Car of the Year’ in What Car?’s 2019 awards, following its win last year for ‘Sports Car of the Year’.
Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: “The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s second Car of the Year category win is arguably a greater success than its first. But it should be no surprise – we’re talking about a comfortable, spacious, well-equipped saloon that’s more fun to drive than rivals costing tens of thousands more.”
Alfa Romeo Racing limited editions debut at Geneva
Visitors to the Geneva International Motor Show were treated to a debut of limited edition “Alfa Romeo Racing” versions of the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
This is Alfa Romeo’s second year competing in F1, in partnership with Sauber (see page 25), after a long absence and the “Alfa Romeo Racing” limited edition celebrates its return to the championship.
While retaining all the technical features of the Quadrifoglio models, this special series mimics the livery of the F1 cars with Trofeo White and Competizione Red two-tone paintwork, among other unique stylistic details.
Visitors to the Alfa Romeo stand were also able to admire the team’s F1 car, driven this season by former world champion Kimi Räikkönen and Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi.
Alongside the high-performance models were the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti, which sees the introduction of the historic, high-spec “Turismo Internazionale” name to the Stelvio range, as well as the new MY19 Giulietta.
Three new trims for the Giulietta
Alfa Romeo has updated the Giulietta for 2019 with a new range offering a choice of three trim levels – Super, Speciale and Veloce – along with three Euro 6D-compliant engines (1.4-litre 120hp turbo petrol, 1.6-litre 120hp Multijet diesel with manual or Alfa TCT automatic transmission, and a 2.0-litre 170hp Multijet diesel with Alfa TCT).
The updated range also sees the debut of Visconti Green livery, new 18-inch alloy wheels and special upholstery.
The new models are available now and prices start from £19,750 OTR for a 1.4-litre 120hp Giulietta Super.