The awards ceremony for the winners of the European and North American series of the Ferrari Challenge took place on Saturday evening after the victors were decided in the final round of the season at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. There were two main changes to the 2021 edition of this event. Firstly, the physical and virtual setting in which it was held allowed all the drivers to take part, either live – in compliance with social distancing rules – or from home. Secondly, the evening also included the awards to the drivers who won titles in the season’s main Prancing Horse closed-wheel car championships. Enrico Galliera, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, and Antonello Coletta, Head of Attività Sportive GT, attended the ceremony. The Ferrari Challenge Europe series honoured Emanuele Maria Tabacchi (Trofeo Pirelli), Frederik Paulsen (Trofeo Pirelli AM), Roger Grouwels (Coppa Shell), “Alex Fox” (Coppa Shell Am), Fabienne Wohlwend (Pirelli Ladies Cup) and Corinna Gostner (Shell Ladies Cup). The North American Ferrari Challenge North America series celebrated the triumphs of Cooper MacNeil (Trofeo Pirelli), Dave Musial (Trofeo Pirelli Am), Brad Horstmann (Coppa Shell), Justin Wetherill (Coppa Shell Am) and Eileen Bildman (Ladies Cup). Finally, the Ferrari Challenge UK featured category winners Lucky Khera (Trofeo Pirelli) and Jamie Thwaites (Coppa Shell). During the event, the dealers with the most points in the various national and continental series of the Prancing Horse one-make series received their respective Dealer Cups: Baron Motorsport (Ferrari Challenge Europe), Ferrari of Central Florida (Ferrari Challenge North America) and Graypaul Birmingham (Ferrari Challenge UK).
Jeep® Gladiator Overland Preview
In the year of its 80th anniversary, the Jeep® brand introduces to Europe the new Gladiator, the pickup truck featuring a distinct lifestyle appeal, great versatility and the ability to meet the needs for mobility and freedom. As a unique all-terrain pickup, the new model allows customers to stand out from the everyday and live every moment to the fullest. With Jeep Gladiator, it's easy to overcome every obstacle and have fun, with no limits or compromises. This is where its uniqueness in the segment lies: it retains the ability to meet practical needs of cargo carriage and it is perfectly suited to leisure time and everyday activities courtesy of its great versatility. The new Gladiator also marks a major return for the brand to the pickup segment, after almost 30 years since the launch of the last Jeep model with “truck” credentials and bed: the Comanche, which was in production from 1986 to 1992. This provides for the Gladiator to fit perfectly into Jeep heritage as it brings to attention a major brand tradition rooted long ago in 1947, when Willys Overland introduced a one-ton truck with four-wheel drive based on the CJ-2A. This first pickup was followed over almost half a century by different models – all with shared features, and made to be robust, versatile and reliable. These models included the FC-150/170 (1957-1965), the Jeep Gladiator/J Series (1963-1987), the CJ-8 Scrambler (1981-1985) and the Jeep Comanche (1986-1992), the last pickup in the brand’s heritage.
The New (500)RED is the hero of the evening, created in collaboration between FIAT and (RED) with a shared message to care for the environment, for the planet and for its people. From the belief that we can all play our part in the fight against pandemics and that each of us can therefore lead the change comes an unusual decision in the automotive landscape, to have the driver’s seat one color – red – with the other three passenger seats in black. A provocation, a message, an invitation: be 'ready’ to sit in the driving seat of change. For those who prefer uniformity of color, the model is also available with the seats all black and the contrasting (500)RED logo, or all in red with a black logo. FIAT aims to convey the (RED) message to the broadest possible audience, so the special series is now available across the entire 500 Family: the New (500)RED, (500)RED, (500X)RED and (500L)RED will therefore take on the color red as a hallmark, both outside (from the bodywork and logos to the mirror caps and design cues on the alloy wheels) and in (dashboard fascia, design cues on the floor mats, and the exclusive seats made using Seaqual® yarn, derived from plastics recovered from the oceans, with the FIAT signature and the (500)RED logo on the backrest). Red will not be the only color in the (RED) special series; the palette of body colors actually includes other specific shades for each model.
Nissan Sunderland Plant is marking the start of production of the third generation Qashqai with a renewed pledge to inspire future generations of manufacturing talent. Following a £400m investment, the latest version of the segment-defining crossover is now rolling off the plant’s production Line One, as the plant celebrates 35 years of manufacturing in the UK. Qashqai represents one in five of all cars built in Britain since its launch 14 years ago – and to celebrate the new generation model, Nissan is offering every schoolchild in North East England the opportunity to take part in a Nissan Skills Foundation event – the company’s programme of activities designed to excite youngsters about careers in manufacturing and engineering.