RICK CASE ANNOUnCES AUCTION WINNER OF THE FIRST ALFA ROMEO 4C DELIVERED in the UNITED STATES BENEFITTING
SPECIAL OLYMPICS florida - broward County
Dean DeSantis of Fort Lauderdale, made the winning bid of $125,000
at the 55th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 16, 2014) - Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group, one of the nation's most recognized automotive groups, is pleased to announce the auction winner of the first delivered Alfa Romeo special collector's limited launch edition 4C in the United States, Dean DeSantis of Fort Lauderdale. DeSantis made the winning bid of $125,000 at the 55th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 30 and choose Special Olympics Florida - Broward County to benefit from his purchase.
"We're thrilled Special Olympics Florida - Broward County was able to benefit from this exclusive auction of the first 2015 Alfa Romeo special collector's limited launch edition 4C delivered in the United States," says Rick Case. "We are extremely honored to be the first Alfa Romeo dealer in the United States to receive the hottest new car to hit the automotive market in years."
Alfa Romeo is taking the supercar segment by storm - offering the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe at a fraction of the price of other exotic mid-engine supercars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, with a MSRP of only $71,895 for the special collector's limited launch edition 4C auctioned to benefit charity.
A total of fifty-five 501(c)(3) charitable organizations signed up to have the opportunity to benefit from the auction of the Alfa Romeo 4C, the hottest new Italian mid-engine supercar to debut in years and one that car enthusiasts have been anticipating for years.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old tradition of Alfa Romeo and projects the brand's authentic values into the future: Italian style, performance and engineering excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety. The "4C" name recalls Alfa Romeo's great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines. The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C model's designation continues this tradition with the latest all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine.
For more information on the Rick Case Alfa Romeo 4C auction, please call Raquel Case at (954) 646-0716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rick Case Automotive Group, recently honored as Automotive News' one and only 2013 National All-Star Dealer for the Privately Held Dealer category out of 17,000 in the country, is one of the largest auto groups in America. Rick Case Automotive Group celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. To commemorate this occasion, Rick Case wrote a book, "Our Customers, Our Friends," a history of his 50 years as a car dealer. This book sells for $24.95 but is available free to anyone that visits any Rick Case dealership. Located in South Florida since 1986, it is owned and operated by the wife and husband team of Rita and Rick Case. With 15 dealerships in Florida, Georgia and Ohio, the Rick Case Automotive Group offers Acura, Audi, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Kia, Mazda, FIAT, Alfa Romeo and Honda Automobiles & Motorcycles, including the World's Largest Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen dealerships located in Broward County, Florida with the new World's Largest Kia dealership coming soon to Sawgrass Mills Mall area. Rick Case Automotive Group's national headquarters are located at 875 North State Road 7 in Fort Lauderdale.
Fiat SpA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, who was re-elected Friday to head Europe's main carmaking lobby group, is taking his rivalry with Volkswagen AG in their home region overseas.
Marchionne, who also runs Chrysler Group LLC, is offering $1,000 rebates to current VW owners in the U.S., where VW is much smaller, to buy a Fiat or Chrysler Vehicle.
Marchionne has been in a war of words with VW over auto pricing in Europe, where VW commands 25 percent of the market, suggesting in July that the German automaker was creating a "bloodbath" in the region. Stephan Gruehsem, VW's chief spokesman, responded that Marchionne wasn't qualified to lead the ACEA lobby group.
The dispute, which included VW and Turin, Italy-based Fiat each threatening to quit the ACEA, highlighted a growing financial gap between German manufacturers with premium brands and their unprofitable, volume-oriented French and Italian counterparts, which are losing sales with low-margin, mid-range models.
Marchionne and VW CEO Martin Winterkorn faced off at an ACEA meeting at the Paris Motor Show on Sept. 28, a day after VW reiterated its call for the Italian to step down as the organization's head. The executives emerged from the session shaking hands, with Winterkorn saying that the "good friends" had "settled things" and Marchionne saying ACEA members decided to address overcapacity on their own.
Marchionne Friday was chosen for a second one-year term as president of the 16-member European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, the Brussels-based organization said in a statement. The post rotates yearly, with the position assigned by country for a two-year period.
Marchionne has used his term at the ACEA to call for cooperation among the region's carmakers, and backing from the EU, to close factories as the vehicle market shrinks for a fifth consecutive year. Wolfsburg-based VW, which controls the Audi and Porsche luxury brands, has been among German carmakers resisting the strategy.
"One of the highest priorities for ACEA next year will be to continue to push for a meaningful and supportive" European Union industrial policy, the lobbying association said.
Volkswagen is Europe's largest carmaker, with its group 10- month market share rising 1.5 percentage points to 24.8 percent. That compares with a 0.7-point decline to 6.4 percent for Fiat. The ACEA is forecasting that European car sales this year will drop to the lowest level since 1995.
The two automakers are among the top performers in the U.S. market this year. Combined sales of VW, Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini brands rose 31 percent in the first 11 months, boosting VW's group market share to 4 percent from 3.5 percent, according to Autodata. Chrysler Group sales rose 22 percent, lifting its share to 11.4 percent from 10.5 percent.
The U.S. rebate offer is only for buyers who currently own or lease a VW vehicle, according to Chrysler's website. Customers don't even have to give up their VW to qualify.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121207/AUTO0101/212070400#ixzz2F9y4V8oS