Fiat and Alfa Romeo have arrived at Bellbowrie!

15th Mar 2013 by Admin

The newly formed, Fiat Chrysler Australia, has begun expanding its dealer network for Fiat and Alfa Romeo and Bellbowrie Motors is pleased that we have been selected to be the Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealership for the North Coast. So it is timely to provide you with a snapshot of what is happening.

Mid last year, following Fiat purchasing a piece of Chrysler, a new organisation, Fiat Chrysler Australia was set up to manage the two brands in Australia. Its focus has been on showing a greater focus and level of support for Australia and to selectively increase the number of dealerships. What effect this has had is to see dramatic decreases in pricing and a promise to increase the supply and number of models available for both Fiat and Alfa Romeo.

While Fiat Chrysler Australia will still manage the Chrysler and Jeep brands, they have set up an entirely different division to look after the Italian makes. This includes a new warehouse for spare parts and other supplies, ensuring there will be no spare part supply issues, which often hinders new pushes into Australia.

So, what is the Fiat offer:

Below is a chart of what is promised for the Fiat brand over the next three years.

  1. The vehicle available immediately is the Fiat 500 and 500C. The Fiat 500 comes with the great little 900cc petrol engine, 16” black alloy wheels, seven airbags, ABS and Electronic Stability Control, power windows, hands free communication, and leather wrapped steering wheel. While the 500C offers a Power Soft Top and rear parking sensors. The Abarth ESSE ESSE, variant adds 17” alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, twin exhaust outlets, and lowered suspension.
  2. Fiat Professional (Commercial Vehicles) – offers the Scudo van with 2.0ltr diesel engine, 6 cubic metre capacity and 1200kg payload and the Ducato Vans and Trucks with 2.3ltr diesel engine, 1600-2000kg payload and 10-15m3 capacity.
  3. Promised this year will be the Fiat Freemont which is a seven seat SUV,
  4. Also later this year will be the introduction of the Punto which was described in the Carshowroom website as “one of those cars that defies categorization as it belongs in the segment for light cars but it is comparable in size to many models in the next category up (‘small cars’). This is an especially striking car of crisp, integrated design, which stands out from the traffic and attracts plenty of positive comments.”
  5. the Panda will be an entrant in the off road market with a two wheel version initially but a 4x4 in 2014.
  6. 500L and 500X to be introduced over the next couple of years.


What is the Alfa Romeo offer:

Again, immediate impacts of the new approach has been the significant price reductions with the entry price of the Alfa Romeo MiTo Progression going down $6,790, the Distinctive variant, reduced by $7,890 and the Quad Verde came down by $4,990.
Currently there are two cars available under the “Alfa” brand:

  1. Mito, which comes in three models. The base model, the Progressor, a 1.4ltr, 4 cylinder with top speed of 207km/h, offering five seats, 17” wheels, The Distinctive and the Quadrifoglio Verde with 18” wheels, twin tip exhaust and top speed of 219 km/h, and
  2. Gillette, as described by Alfa is where “design and technology have been fused with one hundred years of passion, technical excellence and success, putting Alfa Romeo at the cutting-edge of future sports cars. It is offered in three different models with different engine options.


The future plan for Alfa Romeo includes new models of the MiTo and Giulietta and the much anticipated 4C. The 4C started as a concept car and was unveiled at this month’s Geneva Motor Show. It will be offered with turbocharged motor, semi-automatic gearbox and acceleration of 0-60mph in less than 5 seconds. It will have limited availability as Alfa Romeo is expecting to sell 2,500 4Cs a year with 1,000 going to America, 1,000 to Europe and the remaining 500 being spread around the rest of the world.

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