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Lancia

Lancia Automobiles S.p.A. is an Italian automobile manufacturer founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia and which became part of the Fiat Group in 1969. The company has a long history of producing distinctive cars and also has a strong rally heritage. Modern Lancias are seen as presenting a more luxurious alternative to the models in the Fiat range upon which they are based. One of the firm’s trademarks is the use of letters of the Greek alphabet as the names of its models. The Lancia CEO is Olivier Fran?ois.

Type
Private

Founded
November 29 1906
by Vincenzo Lancia

Headquarters
Turin, Italy

Key people
Luca di Montezemolo – President
Olivier Fran?ois – CEO

Industry
Automotive

Products
Automobiles

Parent
Fiat S.p.A.

Website
Lancia.com

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Iveco History

The company is dominated by Fiat Group, and was created on 1st January 1975 by Fiat manager and mechanical engineer Bruno Beccaria (1915-2001) through the merger of five companies operating in Italy, France and Germany; Fiat Veicoli Industriali (located in Turin), OM (Brescia), Lancia Veicoli Speciali (Bolzano), Unic (Trappes) and Magirus (Ulm).

In 1990, Iveco acquired 60% of ENASA, a leading truck manufacturer and makers of Pegaso brand of commercial vehicles in Spain. This marked a very important step in the history of Iveco since it became a local brand in all the leading European markets. With this acquisition, Iveco expanded its manufacturing locations to Barcelona, Valladolid and Madrid in Spain. Numerous important steps have marked its evolution since then.

In its early years, the company focused on rationalizing, integrating and optimizing the various manufacturing and commercial structures that had been independent until then, and the first centralized functional structure emerged. From a marketing viewpoint, these years saw the launch of the Daily (1978), the Turbo (1981) and the Turbostar (1984), three vehicles that symbolized Iveco’s entrepreneurial success in Europe.

Iveco had to overcome a crisis in the early 1990s, a new period of change began, fuelled by increasingly fierce competition. In order to respond more effectively to the growing specialization of the market, Iveco broke its structure down into specialist corporate units that addressed specific customers divided by product type. In those years, the company continued to boost its strategic presence in the world. In 1992 Iveco purchased the Italian company, International Trucks Australia Limited, which still plays a very important role in the Pacific Rim. And Iveco Mercosul was created in Brazil in 1997, an essential base for manufacturing and distribution operations all over South America.

In 1995 the EuroClass luxury coach was voted International Coach of the Year, and in 1999 Iveco and Renault decided to combine their efforts in the public transport field by merging their respective bus operations. This merger included companies such as Heuliez and Karosa, and the result was Irisbus, one of the major manufacturers in the passenger transport sector, which was further strengthened by the acquisition of the Hungarian company Ikarusbus.

Constantly growing attention was paid in those years to the integration of products and services, both to respond comprehensively to customers’ requirements and to combat the extremely cyclic nature of the automotive market. This strategy led to the creation of Transolver in 1997, which took Iveco into the world of financial services.

On the commercial front, in 1998 the EuroCargo, which was sold in over ninety countries and led the market in Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria and Slovenia, was voted the “Best Imported Truck” in Germany. In 2000 it was the light segment that won awards, when the Daily was voted “International Van of the Year”, and the one-millionth vehicle left the assembly line. In 2006 it was produced the Ducato and the Scudo. In 2007 it produced the Fiorino. Today Iveco has 49 factories, 15 research and development facilities, 840 dealers, 31,000 employees, and is in 19 countries. 40% of the engines Iveco manufactures go to Iveco vehicles, 60% are sold as OEM units for automotive, industrial, agricultural, marine, and power generation applications. It is a major European producer of fire-fighting vehicles.

In 2007, Iveco announced plans to reenter the United States truck market.

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Iveco

Iveco is an Italian truck, bus, and diesel engine manufacturer, based in Turin, Italy. It is a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, and produces around 200,000 commercial vehicles and 460,000 diesel engines annually, and for the year ended 2007 the company had ?11,196 million in sales (revenues).

The name is an acronym for Industrial Vehicle Corporation, an alliance among European commercial vehicle manufacturers such as Fiat (including OM and Lancia Veicoli Speciali), Unic and Magirus.

Today the company is a significant player in the medium-duty commercial vehicle and engine markets, and is near the top for sales of passenger transport and 3.5 ton light vehicles.

Iveco became the All Blacks’ global sponsor in January 2007.

Type
Subsidiary of Fiat Group

Founded
1975 in Turin

Headquarters
Turin, Italy

Key people
Paolo Monferino CEO

Industry
Manufacturing

Products
Commercial vehicles, Diesel engines

Revenue
? ? 11,196 million (2007)

Employees
26,461 (2007)

Website
Iveco.com

Fiat Models

Fiat Group is the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy, with a range of cars starting from small Fiats to sports cars made by Ferrari. Car companies includes Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A, Ferrari S.p.A., Iveco S.p.A. and Maserati S.p.A. The Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. consist companies: Abarth & C. S.p.A., Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A., Fiat Automobiles S.p.A., Fiat Professional and Lancia Automobiles S.p.A.. Ferrari S.p.A. is owned by the Fiat Group, but is run autonomously.

Ailing American car maker Chrysler is said to be in talks with Fiat.

The European Car of the Year award, Europe’s premier automotive trophy for the past 40 years, has been awarded twelve times to the Fiat Group, more than any other manufacturer. Most recently the Fiat Nuova 500 has won the award for European Car of the Year 2008.

List of Fiat Group models which have won European Car of the Year:

1967: Fiat 124
1970: Fiat 128
1972: Fiat 127
1980: Lancia Delta
1984: Fiat Uno
1989: Fiat Tipo
1995: Fiat Punto
1996: Fiat Bravo/Brava
1998: Alfa Romeo 156
2001: Alfa Romeo 147
2004: Fiat Panda
2008: Fiat 500

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. is an Italian automaker founded in 1910. Alfa Romeo has been a part of the Fiat Group since 1986. The company was originally known as A.L.F.A., which is an acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (translated: Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company).

Type
Private

Founded
24 June 1910 in Milan, Italy

Headquarters
Turin, Italy

Area served
Worldwide

Key people
Luca di Montezemolo – President
Luca De Meo – CEO

Industry
Automotive

Products
Automobiles

Parent
Fiat S.p.A.

Website
AlfaRomeo.com

Abarth

Abarth & C. Spa

Type
Private

Founded
April 15 1949 in Turin

Headquarters
Turin, Italy

Key people
Karl (Carlo) Abarth – Founder
Luca di Montezemolo – President
Luca De Meo – CEO

Industry
Automotive

Parent
Fiat S.p.A.

Website
Abarth.it

Abarth 695, derived from Fiat 500

History
Abarth is an Italian racing car maker founded by Italian-Austrian Karl (Carlo) Abarth in Turin in 1949.

In the 1960s, Abarth & C. S.r.l was quite successful in hillclimbing and sports car racing, mainly in classes from 850cc up to 2000cc, competing with Porsche 904 and Ferrari Dino. Hans Herrmann was a factory driver from 1962 until 1965, winning the 500km N?rburgring in 1963 with Teddy Pilette

Later, Johann Abt was promised by Carlo Abarth that he could drive a factory car for free if he won all the races he entered?which Abt nearly did, winning 29 of 30, the 30th being a second.

Along with its racing cars, Abarth produced high-performance exhaust pipes. Later, Abarth diversified in producing various tuning kits for road vehicles, mainly for Fiat. Abarth was also associated in producing sports or racing cars with Porsche and Simca.

Abarth was sold to Fiat on July 31 1971, and the racing team sold to Enzo Osella. Abarth became the racing department of Fiat, managed by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi. Some models built by Fiat or its subsidiaries Lancia and Autobianchi were co-branded Abarth, the most famous being the Autobianchi A112 Abarth. Abarth also prepared Fiat Group’s rally cars like Fiat 124 Abarth and 131 Abarth. In the 80s Abarth name was mainly used to mark performance Fiats like Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130 TC. The name was almost forgotten in 1990s and in 2000s it was used like a trim/model level on FIAT cars, like the FIAT Stilo Abarth.

In 2007 Fiat Automobiles SpA relaunched the brand with the Grande Punto Abarth and the Grande Punto Abarth S2000. The brand is to be seen as a separate division to the main Fiat brand in a similar way that the Renault Sport brand is to the mainstream Renault. It is based in the Officine 83, part of the old Mirafiori engineering plant. The company CEO is Luca De Meo, who is also the CEO of Alfa Romeo and Chief Marketing Officer of the Fiat Group.

Maserati

Maserati is an Italian manufacturer of racing cars and sports cars, established on December 1, 1914, in Bologna. The company’s headquarters are now in Modena, and its emblem is a trident. It is a luxury car manufacturer competing directly with Aston Martin and Jaguar, and sometimes with large German mass-producers, including Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. It has been owned by the Italian car giant Fiat S.p.A. since 1993. Inside the Fiat Group, Maserati has been initially associated with Ferrari S.p.A., but more recently it has become part of the sports car group including Alfa Romeo.

Ferrari

Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello, Italy. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari, the company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of street legal vehicles in 1947 as Ferrari S.p.A.. Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation in racing, especially in Formula One, where it has largely enjoyed great success, especially during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, late 1990s, and 2000s. After years of financial struggles, Enzo Ferrari sold the company’s sports car division to the Fiat group in 1969 to ensure continued financial backing. Enzo Ferrari retained control of the racing division until his death in 1988 at the age of 90. Earlier that year he had overseen the launch of the Ferrari F40; the last new Ferrari to be launched before his death, and arguably one of the most famous supercars ever made. Ferrari also has an internally managed merchandising line that licenses many products bearing the Ferrari brand, including eyewear, pens, pencils, electronic goods, perfume, clothing, high-tech bicycles, cell phones, and even laptop computers. Financial Times named Ferrari number one on its 2007 list of the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe.
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Type
Subsidiary

Founded
1947

Founder
Enzo Ferrari

Headquarters
Maranello, Italy

Key?people
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman
Piero Ferrari, Vice-President
Amedeo Felisa, CEO
Giancarlo Coppa , CFO

Industry
Automotive

Products
Sports cars

Revenue
? ? 1,668 million (2007)

Employees
2,926 (2007)

Parent
Fiat S.p.A.

Website
ferrariworld.com