Fast Lane

Alfa turns 107
Alfa turns 107PHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, JAGUAR, KIA, LAMBORGHINI
Lambo fashion
Lambo fashionPHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, JAGUAR, KIA, LAMBORGHINI
Funky Korean
Funky KoreanPHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, JAGUAR, KIA, LAMBORGHINI
New Jag
New JagPHOTOS: ALFA ROMEO, JAGUAR, KIA, LAMBORGHINI

Alfa turns 107

Today is the 107th birthday of Alfa Romeo, which can trace its roots to June 24, 1910, when Alfa - an acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, which means Lombardy car factory - was founded in the city of Milan. The Italian automaker became Alfa-Romeo in 1918 when Nicola Romeo took over the company and the hyphen between the two names was eventually removed in 1971.

This weekend will see Alfa birthday celebrations in Italy, including special activities and exhibitions at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese and a gathering of historic Alfa cars at Vallelunga Circuit near Rome.


Lambo fashion

Supercar marque Lamborghini has updated its clothing collection for the 2018 spring-summer season. The stylish new items include a black leather jacket with hexagon detailing inspired by the seats of the Huracan Performante cockpit and T-shirts with graphics that pay tribute to the historical Miura and classic Countach.


Funky Korean

Less than a week after Hyundai launched the Kona, its sister company Kia introduced its own compact crossover called Stonic. The Kia's design is dramatically different from the Hyundai's, with that ''targa''-style C-pillar a distinctive highlight. Like the Kona, the Stonic is available in cheery colours with a two-tone finish. Its driving aids, safety gadgets, infotainment systems and interior space are similar to those of the Kona, while the entry-level engine is also a turbocharged 1-litre three-cylinder.


New Jag

Jaguar has revealed the name of its upcoming compact SUV, along with a teaser of its rear styling. The E-Pace will slot right below the popular F-Pace in the British firm's model range and is likely to be a 2-litre vehicle with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, all-wheel drive and Jaguar's current suite of safety, infotainment and performance features.

The E-Pace will make its world debut on July 13.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe