by Bob Golfen   With some of the world's greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz's minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan. Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which h...

Often with cars like the Volkswagen Beetle or Fiat 500, the curse of cuteness can be totally reversed by adding slick wheels, applying a few decals, and slamming the sucker. You don't even have to touch the engine. Fleets of first-gen Scion xBs roll around Los Angeles in just such a fashion. They might make the same 108 hp as those transporting the...

In Maranello today, Ferrari Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne announced that the Italian automaker will build one final example of the LaFerrari. The car will be auctioned, and the proceeds will go toward helping the victims of the earthquake that rocked central Italy on August 24th.   The LaFerrari is the most expensive, highest-performing...

By Beatrice Bondi Motostalgia, una delle maggiori case d'asta di automobili di lusso, ha annunciato la messa all'asta della 1950 Cisitalia Abarth 204A, l'auto guidata dal leggendario pilota Tazio Nuvolari nell'ultima vittoria della sua lunga carriera, sul percorso che da Palermo porta a Monte San Pellegrino, nel 1950 all'età di 57 anni, tre anni p...

For 2013, Maserati reported a 148% increase in shipments to 15,400 vehicles, mainly attributed to the success of the new Quattroporte and Ghibli models launched during the year. For the Quattroporte, which was released in March, shipments totaled 7,800 units.   For the Ghibli, a total of 2,900 units were shipped between launch in October and...

The question of which engine type is best for powering the cars of the masses may never have a single, unchanging answer.   When the V8 prevailed on American roads, it was an appropriate choice for large vehicles in an era of cheap fuel. Times have changed; the workhorse auto engines of our era are those that fit in the narrow engine compart...

Project Sizzle almost fizzled. That's how Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. described the effort to lure the big-time Italian machining operation at a Wednesday news conference announcing SATA USA's arrival in Brownsville. "Project Sizzle" was the code name the Brownsville Economic Development Council used during nearly four years of secret negotiations w...

With Maserati's highly anticipated new Levante, a new wind is blowing through the premium SUV segment. The name "Levante" is inspired by a warm wind that can change from gentle to gale force in an instant that can emerge any season or time of the year, day or night, mirroring the powerful and soulful character of Maserati's first SUV.   Foll...

Fiat Chrysler plans to introduce a new lineup of rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo sedans and SUVs that will take the fight to BMW, Mercedes and Audi, and they will do so with Ferrari powerplants. These models are slated to arrive starting in 2016, and the high-end versions of these cars will use powerplants designed by Ferrari.   Since 2004, Alfa...

Lapo Elkann is spending the summer in California exploring what he loves most: cars and customization, plus technology and entertainment. On Saturday night, he showed off his latest project: two custom cars he brought for Adam Lindemann's art exhibit, "Piston Head II: Artists Engage the Automobile." The show, which opened at Lindemann's Venus gall...