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...

An Italian company that makes automotive systems and components plans to expand its Lee County operations, creating 76 jobs in the next three years, officials said Monday. Magneti Marelli Powertrain USA LLC will invest $12 million in the Sanford plant by the end of 2017, officials said.   Part of Magneti Marelli S.p.A., Powertrain desig...

Ferrari builds three types of cars: sports cars, Grand Touring or "GT" cars, and of course rare and exotic hypercars, such as the current LaFerrari, which sells for more than a million bucks. Of these three, without question the most important for Ferrari's reputation are the sports cars. The only things more important are Ferrari's Formula On...

Fiat's Punto has received an extensive face lift and has acquired an intimidating stance, thanks to a larger grille, headlights that swoop back, and a healthy dab of chrome. The car is now a modern looking marvel that shows off with some good old fashioned Italian flamboyance.   The front end looks almost completely new, and so does the back...

Italian studio Pininfarina designed the twentieth century's greatest Ferraris and through their work with the Prancing Horse -- plus the likes of Fiat, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo -- helped define the emotive Italian style of the mid-century sportscar.   On the company's 85th birthday, Paulo Pininfarina, the fourth patriarch of the family to head...

By Paul Virgo and Emily Backus   Fiat Chairman John Elkann on Thursday said Sergio Marchionne should stay on as the carmaker's CEO beyond 2015 and that the planned merger between Fiat Industrial and CNH Global NV will be completed by September. Elkann was speaking as a meeting of Exor, the Agnelli family investment company that he chairs and...