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Latest News: At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the Scorpion brand celebrates its 70th anniversary. Featured on this year’s stand will be the new Abarth 595 esseesse and the Abarth 124 Rally Tribute limited edition, both authentic expressions of the brand's racing soul and its glorious past in motorsport. The 595 esseesse is a homage to the legendary Sixties tuning kit, successfully reprised back in 2009 on the Abarth 500 while the 124 Rally Tribute, is an acknowledgement to the Abarth 124 rally, after an enormously successful season culminating in victory in the FIA R-GT Cup and the European Rally Championship in 2018. New Abarth 595 esseesseThe stunning Abarth 595 esseesse is back, breathing new life into a name deeply rooted in the brand's history, when tuning kits designed to boost the performance of mass production cars made Karl Abarth's fortune as the inventor. 1964 saw the debut of the first Abarth 595 esseesse, tuned with the aid of a Solex 34 PBIC carburettor and a special intake manifold, cast in a single piece of light alloy with the valve cover, boosting its power to 32hp. On the outside, the car was recognisable by the rubber ties securing the bonnet instead of the usual lock and the enamelled Abarth logo. Inside, the "mean little Scorpion" displayed distinctive badges, with the "SS" monogram in capital letters on the bonnet and boot, and "esseesse" in full on the dashboard. It was an immediate success with Italian sports car enthusiasts. This success was repeated in 2009 by the “esseesse” tuning kit for the Abarth 500, which appeared in 2008. The tuning increased the engine's power to 160hp and modified the suspension setup, with Eibach lowering springs, alongside a higher-powered braking system and other racing-inspired content. Today, 10 years later, the iconic “esseesse” returns to the top of the Abarth range, and is equipped with the brand's most powerful 180hp engine.  In the best Abarth tradition, this 595 is made truly special by standard equipment that provides an exciting driving experience, always accompanied by the unmistakable deep roar of the Abarth by Akrapovic exhaust system, which combines outstanding performance with an exciting sound. The new Abarth 595 esseesse also features a high-performance Brembo front braking system, with perforated, ventilated front brake discs and oversize red brake calipers. The braking system is able to realign the brake pads with the disc's braking surface, for rapid heat dispersal and improved response when braking. The new Abarth 595 esseesse is identified by 17-inch Supersport alloy wheels with a new Racing White finish, Abarth side stripes, mirror caps and matching front and rear DAM. Also standard is an air filter “by BMC”, providing better intake air flow capacity with obvious benefits for engine combustion quality, power output and performance. The new Abarth 595 esseesse's equipment is completed by Koni FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) rear suspension. The 595 includes navigation with the 7-inch Uconnect HD touchscreen system, including Abarth Telemetry, Apple CarPlay support and Android AutoTM compatibility* as standard. *Android Auto, Google Play and Google Maps are trademarks of Google LLC. Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. The Abarth 595 esseesse's racing personality is clearly expressed by “Sabelt 70” sports seats with carbon rear shell, and the carbon pedals. What's more, a whole new range of Sabelt seats is now available on the 595, marking Abarth's 70th birthday with the number 70 embroidered on the cover. These seats are even further improved in their shapes, inserts and padding, for an even more intense driving experience. This new Abarth features the “esseesse” badge which, together with the "70th anniversary" logo, makes this sports car truly unique and exclusive. Full UK specification will be released in the coming weeks. Abarth 124 Rally TributeThe Geneva show hosts the global debut of the new Abarth 124 Rally Tribute, celebrating the "124 rally" racing car's triumph in the 2018 FIA R-GT Cup, as well as 40 class victories in the 12 national championships in which it competed. Produced in a limited edition of just 124 cars and not destined for the UK, the new Abarth 124 Rally includes as standard, a commemorative badge on the mudguards and inside the cockpit, as well as a numbered metal plaque. The exclusive stylistic characterisation and generous standard equipment transform this car into an emblem of the brand's core values: performance, craftsman-like care and technical excellence. The new Abarth 124 Rally Tribute is available in two bodywork colours, Costa Brava Red and Turini White, both combined with matte black bonnet, a reference to the historic Abarth 124 Rally. In addition, the mirror caps and DAM are in gunmetal grey with Costa Brava Red livery, or Racing Red with Turini White paintwork. Lifestyle  Abarth will present its new licensing collaboration projects, which evoke the brand’s values and pay homage to the Scorpion’s 70th anniversary.  The two new products on show at the Geneva Motor Show were created especially to mark the 70th anniversary of the Abarth brand: A titan chronograph watch by Breil, with unmistakable Abarth band and the iconic celebratory Scorpion emblem. The new Ixoost HIFI audio system with integrated Bluetooth™ amplifier connected to the replica of the famous Record Monza exhaust, will also be on display.

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13th June 2016

Jeep® Wrangler, an iconic Hero : 

This year the Jeep® brand is celebrating 75 years of legendary off-road capability, outdoor adventures and open-air freedom, all of which are best expressed by its iconic Jeep® Wrangler. The name Wrangler means a cowboy in charge of saddle horses, reminding immediately the huge outdoors of the American Far West and the sense of freedom that this inspires.

In the Jeep language, Wrangler is actually a 'fun and freedom machine', which reflects through its character the lifestyle of its customers, oriented towards original and distinctive cars with a strong personality. When someone owns a Wrangler, everyone knows that he is ready to explore and follow the adventurous spirit, that he is ready to have fun with his car and above all that he is not at all afraid to drive into the mud. Wrangler best expresses the customers' endless possibilities of customization, being the most customized Jeep vehicle worldwide.

The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited line-up is offered with a choice of three configurations: Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. The powertrain range includes a diesel and a petrol engine: the 2.8-liter common rail turbo-diesel delivering  200 hp of power and 460 Nm of torque and the powerful 3.6-liter V-6 petrol engine with 284 hp and 347 Nm, both paired to the five-speed automatic transmission.

Engineered to master the most challenging off-road tracks, today Jeep Wrangler is the result of 75 years ofleadership in the development of 4x4 systems. Two are the 4x4 systems available on the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Command-Trac part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio and Rock-Trac equipped only on the Rubicon, a two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers and an electronic sway bar disconnect which delivers additional wheel travel for traversing the toughest trails.
Wrangler's body on frame structure and suspension geometry, a multilink front and rear suspension with trailing arms, guarantee exceptional off-road performance, in addition to aggressive approach/ departure /break over angles and outstanding water fording capability and ground clearance.  Wrangler's prowess is certified with a Trail Rated Jeep badge, verifying that the vehicle is able to perform in a variety of challenging off road conditions identified by five performance categories: traction, ground clearance, manoeuvrability, articulation and water fording.

The current Wrangler is actually a direct descendant of the original Willys-Overland (1941), and combines off-road capabilities with the fun of the first and only 4x4 open air SUV in the marketplace. It offers the Sunrider® soft top, foldable and removable, the Freedom Top®, a three-piece modular hardtop, and a Dual Top configuration (the latter including both the soft- and hardtop options). Freedom Top features three panels - left and right front-passenger panels and a rear panel - providing the real outdoor driving experience offered by a convertible car. For more a premium appearance, the Sahara models boast an available body-color hardtop. The Rubicon trim level features also a foldable windshield, for a true open air experience.

The Wrangler expresses the most authentic Jeep values and though evolving in terms of off-road driving and functionality, it maintained its unmistakable timeless design. Since its first introduction, Jeep Wrangler has always been keeping its philosophy and style, with the classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel flares, exposed hinges, fold-down windshield, removable doors and sport bar, hallmarks of the current Wrangler model.

In terms of heritage, Wrangler is universally considered the icon of the Jeep brand, because through its predecessor, the 1941 Willys-Overland, it kicked off the Jeep legend and provided inspiration to what came afterwards, not only in terms of brand's heritage, but also in the history of the automotive industry. The Willys-Overland MB is considered the authentic forerunner of the Jeep legend. Willys trademarked the name after the war and turned the MB model into an off-road civilian utility vehicle called CJ-2A (where CJ stays for Civilian Jeep). The CJ model was mass produced in 1945 and was also called "Agri-Jeep", nodding to its original usage in farmhouses in North America as utility vehicle and 'working' tool. The CJ series were produced for thirty years and through the different models that were launched in the period from 1946 to 1986, contributed to the transformation of the Jeep models from utility vehicles to life-style vehicles.

In 1986, the first generation of Wrangler - the YJ - was launched replacing the CJ series. This new vehicle had a wider track, angled grille, rectangular headlights and a more modern interior. It answered the requests of the growing market for compact four-wheel-drive vehicles that although still seeking the practical characteristics of the Jeep CJ series, also asked for "comforts" found in passenger cars.
The second generation of Wrangler, the TJ, was introduced  in 1997. Although the TJ looked very similar to the CJ-7, it was very different from a mechanical standpoint. Nearly 80 percent of the vehicle parts were newly designed. The TJ introduced  a "Quadra-Coil" suspension, a four-link coil suspension, replacing the previous leaf springs, providing a greatly improved on road performance. Off-road capabilities were enhanced with increased ground clearance and more aggressive approach and departure angles. The all-new 1997 Jeep won the prestigious 4x4 of the year award in US. The TJ retained several classic Jeep features, such as round headlamps, a fold-down windshield and removable doors as well as a choice of a soft top or removable hard top. A factory-fitted sport bar was also standard.

In 2003, after the legendary trail name in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Wrangler Rubicon trim level was launched to enhance the benchmark off-road capabilities of the model and represent the most rugged and capable Wrangler. The Rubicon dedicated off-road equipment ensured best-in class off-road performances and included  the push-button-actuated locking front and rear axles, a specific 4x4 system with three differentials, 4:1 low-range transfer case and many more options not available on any production Jeep before it.

The current Jeep Wrangler (JK) was introduced in 2007, adding to the successful, original Jeep formula an all-new frame, exterior and interior design, diesel and petrol engines and additional safety and convenience features. In 2011, all-new interiors with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials were introduced on all Wrangler models while the Sahara trim level received a new, more premium  body-color hardtop to provide a more refined appearance. A choice of three different roof options was also offered to convey the open-air driving experience delivered by a unique convertible car.
With the third generation a four-door model - the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - was introduced in the European line-up, offering more refined on-road comfort as well as even more versatility. With a 52 cm-longer wheelbase, room for five adult passengers and the most cargo space ever available in a Wrangler, the Unlimited offered seamless integration between Jeep legendary off-road capabilities and the roominess and versatility of a car for every day driving.

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