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8 Vespa Inspired Scooter Concepts

8 Vespa Inspired Scooter Concepts

From a standing Vespa to a Jet-Vespa are these the future of scooter design?
Lapo Elkann Design

Lapo Elkann Design

Lapo Elkann & Baby Blue 500 in the NY Times. The Cinquecento is back, thanks in part to the always stylish Lapo Elkann. After he convinced his grandfather’s company that it was the right moment to re-introduce Fiat’s signature model from the fifties, the New York Times shows a dandied-up Lapo  with a matching baby-blue...
Ladies & Gentlemen: Start your engines with Fireball Tim!

Ladies & Gentlemen: Start your engines with Fireball Tim!

As a kid everyone loved him. What’s not to love in a small boy with a devilish smile, intelligent look, lovely freckles, great manners and a determination very rarely seen in a young child?  At the same time, we have to admit, there were some concerns as well, some characteristics that told us that Tim...
Fiat 500 Goes Garden

Fiat 500 Goes Garden

After the Fader Fort at SXSW, the Fiat gallery and the Italian Woman art car, Fiat 500 campaign is taking a green step. Their donation to the MillionTrees NYC initiative run by New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation? Eight twelve-foot pear trees potted in replicas of the Fiat 500 Cabriolet.  Ah, another benefit of...
Vespa vs. Car

Vespa vs. Car

A new infographic produced by Mint.com and VespaUSA.com shows that even if you have a Prius, embracing the Italian lifestyle for a few trips by switching to a Vespa can be good for the planet and your wallet (plus make you look much more attractive). According to the stats, if Americans switched 10% of their...
Fiat-as-art, this time in Africa

Fiat-as-art, this time in Africa

The Fiat-as-art trend continues. This time renowned Mozambican artist Malangatana has hand-painted a Fiat 500 to create "The Italian Woman." On http://www.sapo.mz/ the car will be auctioned off to benefit a charity established by Malangatana to help needy Mozambicans.
Fiat 500: Cars Can Be Artsy Too

Fiat 500: Cars Can Be Artsy Too

When the Fiat 500 first arrived in the United States, auto bloggers questioned whether Americans were ready for such an Italian-styled car.  Fiat’s answer is the new Fiat Gallery at 18 Wooster Street in New York.  The gallery is an interactive space that immerses the public in an Italian cultural experience focused on the Fiat...
Ferrari 458: The Robb Report Writes a Love Letter to its Car of The Year

Ferrari 458: The Robb Report Writes a Love Letter to its Car of The Year

After winning Robb Report’s 2011 Car of the Year award, Ferrari started rolling out the judging panel’s praise in its PR materials. Beginning with the compliment that the Ferrari 458 is “a shocking demonstration of just how much improvement can be brought to an already near-perfect sports car,” Robb Report’s rave reaches levels of poetic...
Motoring From Italy to L.A.: Costantino Bertuzzi

Motoring From Italy to L.A.: Costantino Bertuzzi

An unmarked black building in front of me blends seamlessly into the row of high-end body shops which pack this southern stretch of La Cienega.  Inside, the former yoga studio seems to be a typical construction zone.  A web of electrical wires uncoils menacingly from the recesses of an unfinished ceiling.  The floor is covered...
Knit Your Own Ferrari

Knit Your Own Ferrari

In 2006, after 10 months, 12 miles of yarn and a welding torch, Lauren Porter finished a project that continues to fascinate both crafters and car enthusiasts: a knitted Ferrari built on a hand-welded frame. Why did she choose this as the final project for her honors degree? On her homepage Lauren explains, “I created...
LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR LP 700-4: The Future of Italian Supercars

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR LP 700-4: The Future of Italian Supercars

  Following buzz worthy of a secret weapons launch, including spy videos, rumors and speculative renderings, Lamborghini revealed its new flagship car at the Geneva Car Show. The lead-up involved peeks and leaks of many of the LP 700-4 Aventador’s components.  We saw the engine, gearbox, monocoque and chassis.  By late February the tease had...