Fiat 500L TwinAir - First Drive

The cunning plan? Build it quite big but align it to the company’s best-loved small car in the hope that some of the magic will rub off

Giovanni Soldini talks up Class 40

He’s raced around the world alone, crossed the Atlantic umpteen times, and is currently chasing records in a supercharged beast of a Volvo 70, but Giovanni Soldini, highly critical of the current state of ocean racing, is telling everyone who will listen that a much smaller yacht, the Class 40, is today’s best bet for the next few years.

We must spend less, say Ferrari

Ferrari, once the highest-spending team in Formula 1, have called for cost controls to ensure that the way in which the sport is run reflects the world's economic situation.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT - First Drive

Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbocharged
Transmission: six-speed Alfa TCT dual-clutch automatic/sequential
Power: 170 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Torque: 230 Nm at 2,250 rpm (250 Nm at 2,500 rpm in Dynamic mode)
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 54.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 121 g/km
Top speed: 135 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 7.7 seconds

Price: from £21,855 (Lusso trim)

Kimi back to his mumbling best

Kimi Raikkonen took a step towards never being invited to another official press conference here yesterday, proving that two seasons of crashing rally cars has had no adverse impact on his ability to speak Morse code.

The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari opens in Modena

A new Enzo Ferrari birthplace museum opened this week in Modena in Italy. The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari stands on the site of the house in which Ferrari was born in 1898, and celebrates not only his long life and many achievements, but also the remarkable central role of his home town in the development of the Italian motor industry.

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Chrysler: from bust to vroom

The American car giant, steered by Sergio Marchionne, has put a lot of road behind it in the 16 months since exiting bankruptcy. Stephen Foley reports

Abarth 500c

Price: £17,500

Top speed: 128 mph 0-62mph 8.1 seconds

Consumption: 45.3 mpg

CO2 emissions: 151g/km

Best for: Fiat's bottom line

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Faithless tune in to new way to go 'prommercial'

It is being heralded as the first "prommercial" and will be proclaimed as the future of the music industry. It may also help rescue the tattered reputation of television advertising. Not bad for a 15-year-old British electronica band without a record label.