Volvo Cars, the premium car manufacturer, has further expands its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy.

The arrival of the XC40 means that for the first time in its history, Volvo Cars has three new, globally available SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability.

The new XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles. Co-developed within Geely, CMA provides the company with the necessary economies of scale for this segment.

“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up. So it only feels natural to reveal the XC40 here in Milan, a buzzing European hotspot for fashion, art, design and lifestyle.”

In terms of technology, the XC40 brings the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from the new 90 and 60 Series cars to the small SUV segment. Like its larger siblings, the XC40 highlights the transformational effect of these new, in-house developed technologies on brand and profitability.

These technologies make the XC40 one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360°Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.

The XC40 also offers a radically new approach to storage inside the car. Ingenious interior design provides XC40 drivers with, among other things, more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.

“Volvo has a strong leadership in design. The new XC40 is no exception, even by our already high standards,” said Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia. “We wanted the XC40 to be a fresh, creative and distinctive member of the Volvo line-up, allowing its drivers to put their personality in their driveway. Drivers want a car that reflects their personality, and the XC40 is that car”.

“The exterior has an athletic sculpture, while the interior of the XC40 is multifaceted and ingenious, making it yet another example of our human-centric approach. The XC40 is a perfect car for an active Australian lifestyle, and perfectly represents our ongoing transformation plan”.

From start of production, the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars’ plant in Ghent, Belgium in November.

Belgium’s Thierry Neuville emerged from a career slump to claim his career-second FIA World Rally Championship victory at Rally Italia Sardegna. After a difficult end to 2015 and troubled start to this season, all came good for the Hyundai team driver on the Mediterranean island as he won the rough four-day event by 24.8 seconds.

But after accepting the trophy and taking a traditional winners’ swim with his teammates in Alghero Harbour, Neuville had an agonising wait while officials investigated the technical eligibility of his car. Eventually his Hyundai team was found to have fitted non-approved rear door windows and fined 50,000 Euros (A$76,295), but allowed to keep the win.

He became the fifth different winner in the last five FIA World Rally Championship rounds, adding to his maiden victory in Germany in 2014. Neuville won nine of the 19 stages in his Hyundai i20, moving to the front and repelling a determined challenge from Jari-Matti Latvala. The Finn closed to within three seconds on before Neuville pulled clear and eased through the final leg.

“We had a great weekend and great things come to those who go and earn it,” Neuville said. “The feeling was good in the car; hopefully it’ll be like this for the rest of the season. It wasn’t easy but we keep working and it’s good for the confidence.”

Despite an ill-handling Volkswagen Polo R, Latvala led three times on as he exchanged blows with Neuville and three-time World Champion Sébastien Ogier. A new gearbox fixed the handling issues but Latvala conceded defeat on morning when the gap rose increased to 20sec.

Ogier extended his championship lead by finishing third in another Polo R. As road-opener, he lost time sweeping the dry gravel and gambled with soft tyres on to achieve his target of a podium finish. Dani Sordo claimed his fourth consecutive fourth place in an i20 to climb to second in the points standings. Ott Tänak and Eric Camilli, who claimed his maiden stage victory for the M-Sport team, completed the top six in Ford Fiesta RS cars.

Camilli’s senior teammate Mads Østberg failed to restart on the last day after his team diagnosed a damaged engine. Other major retirements earlier in the rally included Kiwi Hayden Paddon, who spectacularly crashed his Hyundai for the second straight event and Lorenzo Bertelli, who also crashed.

After winning last month’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal, Britain’s Kris Meeke and his part-time Citroen team did not compete in Sardinia. The FIA World Rally Championship continues at PZM Rally Poland on 30 June to 3 July – th half-way point in the season - when the Australian crew of Scott Pedder and Dale Moscatt resume their challenge in the WRC2 category.

Results for Rally Italia Sardegna (WRC round 6 of 14):

  1. T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) 3:35:25.8
  2. J. M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +24.8
  3. S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:37.8
  4. D. Sordo / M. Marti (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC) +2:54.0
  5. O. Tanak / R. Molder (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:26.4
  6. E. Camilli / B. Veillas (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +5:59.8
  7. H. Solberg / I. Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:22.2
  8. T. Suninen / M. Markkula (Škoda Fabia R5) +8:57.4
  9. J. Kopecky / P. Dresler (Škoda Fabia R5) +9:47.0
  10. K. Kruuda / M. Jarveoja (For Fiesta R5) +13:28.5

The complete range of the new Giulia, Alfa Romeo's most eagerly awaited model, has been presented to the international press at the Centro Sperimentale di Balocco (Vercelli). This event completes the car's début, following its starring role at the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese with the launch of the Quadrifoglio version – the supreme expression of the "La meccanica delle emozioni" concept – and the subsequent launch of the entire range at the Geneva International Motor Show 2016.

The new Giulia can already be ordered from showrooms across Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. For specific details and prices, please visit the local press sites. The range includes three trim levels (Giulia, Super and Quadrifoglio) and several new engine versions, including: 2.2-litre Diesel with 150 HP and 180 HP combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic transmission; all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-litre, direct-injection turbo engine with eight-speed automatic transmission and 2.9-litre V6 Biturbo petrol engine combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new Giulia features rear-wheel drive: this is a design choice that guarantees superior performance levels, loads of fun and a thrilling drive, and it is also a tribute to the most authentic traditions of the legendary Alfa Romeo.

Further particularities of the new Giulia include the outstanding weight distribution across the two axles, the suspension system featuring exclusive AlfaLink technology and the most direct steering in its segment. In addition, the new Alfa Romeo combines extraordinary engine performance and ample use of ultralight materials, like carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio (less than 3 in the Quadrifoglio version).

In keeping with Alfa Romeo traditions, the new Giulia offers unique technical solutions. The more sophisticated features include the Integrated Brake System (IBS) for considerably reducing braking distance - from 100 km/h to 0 in 38.5 m for the Giulia and in 32 m for the Quadrifoglio - and active suspension for exceptional comfort. Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, the Torque Vectoring technology affords outstanding torque distribution between the two wheels on the rear axle, and the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter actively manages downforce at high speed.

In terms of style, the new Giulia stands out for it distinctive Italian design, which is expressed through an impeccable sense of proportions, based on the technical architecture, sophisticated simplicity and quality surfaces, both inside and out. On the exterior, the new Giulia is statuesque and recalls a big cat just about to pounce, and the clean and essential interior is designed to envelop the driver, focusing on the latter entirely.

State-of-the-art, innovative engines

Design, technique and technology are distinguishing features of the new Giulia. What makes it a true Alfa Romeo however, according to tradition, are the hearts that beat beneath the bonnet. The 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo engine makes the Quadrifoglio version the most powerful Alfa Romeo for road use ever to have been built. What's more, all the engines in the range are part of an unprecedented generation of all-aluminium four-cylinder drive trains that embody the very best in the Group's motoring technology. They are made in Italy in the plants situated in Termoli (petrol) and Pratola Serra (diesel), in areas dedicated to Alfa Romeo engines, using state-of-the-art processes and methods which rank them at the top of their classes for performance and efficiency levels.

2.0-litre Petrol Engine

The new petrol engine fitted on the new Giulia has four cylinders in line and is made entirely of aluminium. This engine, which is equipped with MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system, “Twin Scroll” turbocharger and direct injection with a 200-bar high pressure system, boasts a particularly quick response to the accelerator commands throughout operation and considerably efficient consumption levels. Horsepower reaches 200 HP at 5,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 330 Nm at 1,750 rpm, paired with the new 8-speed automatic transmission.

2.2-litre Diesel Engine

The 2.2-litre diesel engine on the new Giulia is the first diesel engine in Alfa Romeo history to have been built entirely in aluminium. With four cylinders in line, this engine stands out for its latest-generation injection system with MultiJet II technology and Injection Rate Shaping (IRS), along with operating pressures of 2,000 bar. The electrically-operated variable geometry turbocharger offers state-of-the-art mechanics and minimises response times and at the same time guarantees benefits in terms of efficiency. The most sophisticated driving satisfaction and comfort levels are also guaranteed by the use of a balancing countershaft.

The new 2.2-litre Diesel engine is available in two versions, with a 180 HP power at 3,750 rpm (maximum torque of up to 450 Nm at 1,750 rpm) and 150 HP at 4,000 rpm (maximum torque of 380 Nm at 1,500 rpm). Both configurations can be combined with a manual six-speed gearbox or alternatively with the new eight-speed automatic transmission.

510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo Petrol Engine

Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, this is a unique engine in terms of technology and performance, destined to become the new benchmark of the brand. Inspired by Ferrari technology and technical skills, the V6 BiTurbo petrol engine is entirely made of aluminium – to minimise the car's absolute weight, especially on the front axle – and it delivers 510 HP and a torque in excess of 600 Nm, for exhilarating performance: top speed of 307 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds and a maximum torque of 600 Nm.

Among other things, although the horsepower and torque values are exceptional, the 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine is also best in class in terms of emission levels (198 g/km of CO2 with 6-speed manual gearbox) and it is surprisingly efficient in its consumption levels, thanks to the electronically-controlled cylinder disabling system.

Unique and exclusive technical solutions 

In keeping with Alfa Romeo's technical traditions, the electronics should never be invasive, but merely assist the driving experience which is exhilarating in itself thanks to perfectly designed chassis and suspension system. The new Giulia is no different: it is structurally unique and exciting, but it does not forego the numerous and sophisticated safety systems, offered as standard or upon request depending on the trim level.

Alfa™ Torque Vectoring (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)

The Torque Vectoring technology, with a double clutch integrated in the rear differential, makes it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. In this way, power transmission to the road is improved also in low grip conditions. So, the driving is safe and fun without ever running up against an invasive stability control system.

Integrated Brake System (IBS)

The new Giulia introduces in a worldwide preview the innovative IBS electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake. By successfully integrating electronics with mechanics, in addition to a significant optimisation of weight distribution, excellent feeling and total absence of pedal vibrations, the system guarantees instantaneous braking response for a record-breaking stopping distance: from 100 km/h to 0 in 38.5 metres for the Giulia and in 32 metres for the Quadrifoglio version.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) with pedestrian recognition

The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system is fitted as standard on all versions and, using a radar sensor and a camera built into the front windscreen, it detects the presence of any obstacles or vehicles on the car's trajectory, warning the driver of the risk of imminent collision. Should the driver fail to intervene, the Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) system automatically brakes to avoid impact or mitigate its consequences. What's more, thanks to the pedestrian recognition function, by interpreting the information sent by the radar and camera, the AEB is capable of stopping the car autonomously up to 65 km/h.

Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)

In addition to an excellent Cx (0.32), a perfect balance of forces on corners and downforce behaviour, the Quadrifoglio version has the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter, a front carbon flap which actively manages downforce for superior aerodynamic load, for higher performance and better grip at high speed.

Alfa™ DNA and Alfa™ DNA Pro (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)

The new Giulia also fits the brand new Alfa™ DNA, which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (energy efficiency mode implemented for the first time on an Alfa Romeo) and Race (only on the Quadrifoglio version).

Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)

Developed jointly with Magneti Marelli, the Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control (CDC) technology acts like the car's "brains" and coordinates all the onboard electronics. The system manages the action of the various features – such as the renewed Alfa™ DNA Pro selector, the Alfa™ Torque Vectoring, the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter, the active suspension system and ESC – and assigns specific tasks of optimising performance and driving pleasure to each one.

More in detail, the CDC adapts the ride in real time making the Alfa™ DNA Pro mode mappings dynamic according to acceleration and rotation data detected by the sensors. Critical situations are prevented and managed by informing the specific control units involved in the electronic system of the car in advance: chassis, powertrain, suspension system, braking system, steering, power steering and differential on curves.

Suspension system with exclusive Alfa™Link technology

On the front, a new double track control arm suspension with semi-virtual steering axis was developed to optimise the filtering effect and guarantee rapid, accurate steering. This Alfa Romeo exclusive keeps the tyre footprint constant on corners and can tackle high lateral accelerations. In any situation and at all speeds, driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia with the most direct steering ratio in its segment (11.8) is natural and instinctive. A four and a half track solution – patented by Alfa Romeo – ensuring top performance, driving satisfaction and comfort has been chosen for the rear axle.

8.8" Connect 3D Nav

The next-generation 8.8" Connect 3D Nav system on the new Giulia – developed jointly with Magneti Marelli – offers a sophisticated series of features and functions, including a next-generation HMI human-machine interface. The system is controlled by means of the Rotary Pad and by using the high resolution 8.8” display integrated in the dashboard. In addition, thanks to “optical bonding” technology, the user benefits from an excellent level of visualisation and readability on the display.

8.8" Connect 3D Nav is equipped with an advanced voice recognition system for complete connectivity with all mobile devices (mobile phones, smartphones, tablets with Apple iOS and Android operating systems). The next-generation infotainment system on the new Giulia not only allows you to manage the DAB digital radio and the digital Hi-FI audio system, but also allows you to use Bluetooth technology to make phone calls “hands free” and reproduce audio contents from a USB device or smartphone. Finally, the system implements navigation functions with high-resolution 3D maps.

The system is quick to calculate routes and can be used even if the GPS signal is missing by exploiting Dead Reckoning technology. It also displays driving system information regarding driving style as well as the type of ride relating to the Alfa™ DNA/ Alfa™ DNA Pro selector.

Human-machine interface

The passenger compartment of the new car offers the best in terms of quality, safety, equipment and comfort with a specific, profoundly Alfa Romeo style element: focus on the driver. Not by chance, all the main controls, including the start button, are incorporated in the steering wheel, while the human-machine interface consists of two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa™ DNA selector and the infotainment system.

Instrument panel cluster

Depending on the trim levels, the 3.5” or 7” colour instrument panel cluster offers the driver all the essential information about the car. Organised over four screens, displayed information depends on the DNA mode selected by the driver and includes real-time driving readings, lateral acceleration, fuel consumption and gear shift suggestions.

Front and rear light clusters: a compendium of style excellence and technology

Made by Magneti Marelli in partnership with Alfa Romeo, the front and rear light clusters on the new Giulia are genuine design elements, accentuating the elegance, silhouette and personality of the car, identifying it at first glance. The LED rear light clusters enhance the rear end in a uniquely distinctive manner, while providing significant benefits in terms of safety thanks to quicker activation in the event of braking.

Design and ergonomics characterise the headlights, which are available in three different versions: halogen lamps or implementing next-generation Xenon technology with 25W and 35W module. The latter, fitted with high light tone lamp (equal to 4500°K), are capable of increasing the light flux and light diffusion with energy saving and night visibility which, in the case of the 35W module, increases by 200 per cent with respect to normal halogen headlights. Furthermore, the front light clusters guarantee greater safety: indeed, an obstacle can be seen at least one second earlier, which is equal to an advantage of 28 metres of braking distance when travelling at 50 km/h.

The 35W Xenon headlights implement AFS (Adaptive Frontlights System) technology which directs the beam of light towards the inside of corners for greater visibility. Lastly, the daylight running lights (DRL), cornering light, side lights and direction indicators use LED technology for better fuel efficiency and maximum performance.

Driving assist systems

The design concept behind the new Giulia envisages the driver at the very heart of the driving experience. The car assists the driver in this task in every way, offering the very best available technology to this end, for maximum peace of mind and driving safety. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system uses a radar sensor and a camera built into the front windscreen to warm the driver of any imminent impact with another vehicle or with an obstacle on the same trajectory as the car, warning or assisting the driver in avoiding collisions or attenuating the consequences. Should the driver fail to intervene, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system with pedestrian recognition automatically brakes to avoid the collision or reduce the consequences of the impact.

Lastly, the package of driving assist systems wouldn't be complete without the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) that detects unintentional lane changes and the Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) device (optional) that monitors the area around the car using sensors and assists the driver during lane changes and when overtaking.

Perfect weight distribution and the best weight-to-power ratio

One of the primary objectives at the heart of the design of the new Giulia was to achieve ultimate driving satisfaction. The key factors towards achieving this goal include the perfect weight distribution between the two axles and excellent weight-to-power ratio. The excellent weight distribution between the two axles required astute management of weights and materials, which was achieved by tweaking the layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible.

The ideal weight-to-power ratio was achieved by using ultralight materials. Carbon fibre was chosen for the propeller shaft and aluminium for the engines, suspension system, brakes, doors, wheel arches and bonnet. The extensive use of ultralight materials led to an unladen weight of 1,374 kg for the 180 HP 2.2-litre diesel version. The reduced weight does not affect the excellent torsional rigidity that guarantees quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in conditions of extreme stress.

The Quadrifoglio version with 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine has an unladen weight of 1,524 kg and a weight-to-power ratio of 2.99 kg/HP. These extraordinary results were achieved by extending the use of carbon fibre also to the roof, bonnet, front splitter and rear Nolder, and to the side inserts of the skirts, too.

The weight of the Quadrifoglio version can be further reduced using two components which are available upon request: carbon ceramic brake discs and Sparco seats with a carbon fibre rear structural frame.

Distinctive Italian design

The new Giulia, like every Alfa Romeo, springs from the perfect balance of heritage, speed and beauty making it the highest expression of Italian style in the automotive world. It incorporates all the distinguishing features of pure Italian style: an impeccable sense of proportions, simplicity and the superior surface quality finish, for an innovative design that is faithful to a universally approved tradition.

The proportions are based on the technical architecture of the entire car and are a direct consequence of the latter, while the stylistic details are sculpted from the car's mechanics. The new Giulia stands out for its very short overhangs, a long bonnet and long front wings, a retracted passenger compartment settled on the drive wheels and muscular rear wings which visually mark the point where power is unleashed onto the road. This silhouette is the result of the implementation of rear-wheel drive and of the engine and mechanical components, which are arranged between the two axles to better balance the masses.

All this translates into a very generous wheelbase – the longest in its category – contained in one of the most compact bodies. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view. In addition, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car creating a "drop-shaped" profile which is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

A second aspect of the Italian style is "simplicity" which is capable of enshrouding what is in fact one of the most complex creative processes in industry: designing a car. Indeed, it is up to style to conceal the long, complex work behind a simple, natural line which enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste. Alfa Romeo design has always been expressed by means of clean, streaming streaks. For this reason, the new Giulia boasts a strong identity drawn in few simple strokes: a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and envelops the handles and, naturally, the legendary trefoil nose, the most famous, recognisable style element in automotive history.

Another characteristic trait is quality, which satisfies both sight and touch, and creates rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes of the car. On the exterior, the shape of the new Giulia is statuesque, recalling a big cat just about to pounce. New liveries also emphasise the silhouette: three pastel colours, White, Black and Alfa Red, and eight metallic colours: Vulcano Black, Silverstone Grey, Lipari Grey, Stromboli Grey, Vesuvio Grey, Imola Titanium, Montecarlo Blue and Monza Red. Moreover, there are two exclusive three-coat colours which are available for the Quadrifoglio version: Trofeo White and Competizione Red.

An essential component in the design of the new Giulia, which inspired its design, is the driver. The interior of the car focuses on driving satisfaction in a clean and essential way: the presence of non-invasive technology can be perceived among the instruments which pivot around the driver. The tunnel is diagonal, the dashboard slightly undulated and the steering wheel, which groups together all the main controls, is small and straightforward, suitable for any driving style. The whole package is framed by the fines materials, picked for their tactile and visual impact and assembled with hand-crafted care.

Range

In most regions, the range of the new Giulia includes three trim levels (Giulia, Super and Quadrifoglio) and five new engine versions: 2.2-litre Diesel with 150 HP and 180 HP combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic transmission, and the 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Below is a description of the new Giulia range based on EMEA specification.

The entry trim level of the new Giulia includes a rather comprehensive standard equipment supply. The most salient standard equipment includes new efficient active safety systems such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, the Integrated Brake System (IBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and cruise control with speed limiter. Rounding out the trim level are the styling and functional features, such as 16'' alloy wheel rims, dual-zone climate control, Alfa™ DNA and Infotainment System with Connect 6.5" display.

The full package of standard equipment on the Giulia trim level is supplemented on the Super version with exclusive interior and exterior features: fabric and leather upholstery in three colours, specific interior finishes and 17” alloy wheel rims. The top-of-the-range Quadrifoglio trim level adds functional and styling contents to the standard equipment, enhancing its sophistication and sporty feel: these include leather and Alcantara upholstered sports seats, sports steering wheel with red ignition button, carbon fibre inserts for the interior and aerodynamic exterior spoilers, comfort and safety features that also include BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring) technology and rear camera as well as 35W Xenon headlights with AFS technology.

In addition, it features technical gear designed specifically to maximise dynamic performance: the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter system, the dedicated braking system, the Alfa™ DNA Pro selector with Race mode that communicates with the Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system, and Alfa™ Torque Vectoring.

To allow for additional enhancement, features available on demand include the Sport Pack, the Driver Assistance Pack and the Business Pack. The Sport Pack completes the Super version by adding sports steering wheel with added grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, and Bi-Xenon headlights. The Driver Assistance Pack, which is available on the Giulia and Super versions, supplements the standard driver assistance pack with rear camera featuring dynamic parking lines and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM). The Business Pack completes the standard equipment supplied on the Giulia and Super versions with the 6.5" Connect Nav system.

Mopar for the new Giulia

Mopar, the reference brand for accessories, services, Customer Care and original spare parts for the FCA brands, offers about 80 accessories that will satisfy the aesthetic, functional and safety needs of Alfa Romeo's customers, who have always been looking for a product that maximises the concepts of sportiness and elegance at the same time.

Some of the distinguishing elements are made of carbon fibre, such as the front V-shaped radiator grille, the mirror covers, the gear lever knob and the illuminated kick plates that, in addition to adding character and lightness, well-emphasise the "racing" spirit of the new Giulia. Another of the elements designed to add even more personality to the already sporty lines of the car is the aerodynamic kit, consisting of front aerodynamic profile, side skirts and rear aerodynamic extractor. Embellishing the car even further are the customised puddle lights with LED projector, the key covers available in the three-layer car colours (white or red), the valve caps with Alfa Romeo logo, the aluminium oil and fuel caps, the alloy rims specially developed and available in the three sizes of 17 ", 18" and 19".

Practicality enhanced by other accessories goes hand-in-hand with the "racing" spirit: the handy folding container for the luggage compartment, the protective semi-rigid tub for the loading compartment and the passenger compartment mats made of elegant plastic to better protect the car and keep it clean. Then of course there are the towing hook and roof bars so that different transport solutions can be used, such as the roof box, ski carrier, windsurf board carrier, kayak carrier and bike carrier.

Completing the collection is a number of active and passive safety devices such as the alarm, parking sensors, anti-theft wheel bolts, battery tender and the tested and approved child's seats to ensure safety and comfort at the highest levels.

Jaguar is celebrating its 80th anniversary by once again taking on the legendary challenge that is the Mille Miglia. Held from 14-17 May in Italy, Jaguar Heritage Racing will be fielding a team of drivers who will cover more than 1,000 miles from Brescia-Rome-Brescia in nine of the marque’s most celebrated models. Famous faces from the world of motorsport, TV and music will put their historic Jaguars through their paces on the gruelling route which takes place over four punishing but unforgettable days starting in Brescia, heading to Rimini, Rome, Parma and then back to Brescia. Crowds lining the route will get to see examples of historically-significant Jaguar XKs, C-types and D-types hurtling past them with famous faces in the cockpits. Five-time winner of the Le Mans 24hr, three-time Daytona 24hr winner and world sportscar veteran, Derek Bell, will make his Mille Miglia debut driving a Jaguar C-type. Derek is driving as a guest of art collector and classic car enthusiast Adam Lindemann.

Piloting the second C-type, ‘NDU 289’, will be Jaguar Vehicle Integrity Chief Engineer Mike Cross, while the final C-type, ‘PUG 676’, will be driven by Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee Chairman, Ben Cussons. Driving ‘RSF 303’, a priceless Jaguar D-type ‘Long Nose’ Ecurie Ecosse racer, which finished second at Le Mans in 1957, will be Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum. A veteran of the Mille Miglia, Ian drove with US chat show host Jay Leno in the 2014 event - this year he will be partnering up with businessman and classic car enthusiast, Clive Beecham. At the wheel of a Jaguar MK VII will be a man who’s no stranger to speed and sleep deprivation – Charley Boorman. More used to two wheels than four thanks to his many motorbike adventures, Charley will be partnered by Bremont co-founder Giles English. The fastest saloon car of its day, a Jaguar MK VII was famously piloted to victory in the 1956 Monte Carlo Rally by Ronnie Adams with co-drivers Frank Biggar and Derek Johnstone.

Making for a very glamorous cockpit is ‘OOF 748’ - the XK120 roadster of model, TV presenter and current host of Channel 5’s The Classic Car Show, Jodie Kidd, whose co-driver will be male supermodel, GQ columnist and classic car enthusiast, David Gandy. Host of the hugely popular BBC One show, Saturday Kitchen and well-known TV chef, James Martin, will be partnered by Bremont co-founder Nick English, brother of Giles. They will share the penultimate ‘Long Nose’ Jaguar D-type ever built, registered ‘393 RW’. Completing the trio of D-types will be one of the classic car world’s most respected experts, Simon Kidston. Completing the Jaguar Heritage team line-up is successful British singer/song-writer Elliot Gleave, otherwise known as Example. Elliot will be driving a XK140 with his father, Michael, as co-pilot. The XK140, registered ‘TAC 743’, was once owned by successful British racing driver David Hobbs. On the Mille Miglia, a number of new Jaguar XEs will also support the Jaguar Heritage Racing team, following the full route through Italy with broadcast crews and VIP guests.

Twitter profiles to watch for the latest personal updates on the event include:

Jaguar Heritage Racing Driver Twitter Profile Name
Derek Bell @MrDerekBell
David Grandy @DGrandyOfficial
Jodie Kidd @RealJodieKidd
Elliott Gleave (Example) @example
James Martin @jamesmartinchef
Nick English @BremontNick
Giles English @GilesEnglish
Charley Boorman @charleyboorman
Ian Callum @IanCallum