Bringing the Alfa Romeo Back

The Hot Two-Seater Sports Car will be Turning Heads again in the Central Florida Area

Alfa Romeo CEO Michael Manley is planning to relaunch in the United States to get the two-seater sports car back on the road here while it introduces its new model, the Guilia. Currently being sold in 59 American countries, the company sees this as an expansion opportunity.

Americans should be pretty familiar with the car that was once sold in the U.S. back in 1995, the famous sports car has been a co-star in many popular American films over the years.

Some may remember Dustin Hoffman tooling down the road in a red Duetto Spider – a popular car in 1966 and 1967 – in the film “The Graduate.” The movie ranks 21st all-time high in box office gross when adjusted for inflation.

With many appearances in James Bond movies, fans may remember in 1983 when Bond (played by Roger Moore in these years) steals an GTV6 as he heads towards Octopussy’s circus troupe on an air base in West Germany. To take this a step further Bond was chased by two cops in BMWs and a motorcycle on Germany’s highways and streets. Then again in the 2008 movie “Quantum of Solace,” James Bond, driving an Aston Martin in Italy was being chased by two black Alfa Romeo 159 TI cars.

In the 1974 flick “The Destructors” Michael Caine drives the speedy Alfa Romeo Montreal next to a Porsche 911 in France in a story where a U.S. intelligence agent is trying to bring to justice a drug baron. With a 2.6-liter V8 engine, the car was discontinued in 1977.

In perhaps another very well-known scene an Alfa Romeo 6C blows up from a car bomb in “The Godfather” in 1972. It happens right after Michael Corleone – played by Al Pacino – marries Apollonia while hiding in Sicily. Corleone hears about the death of his brother in New York and as he prepares to hide his family, his wife is killed from a car bomb that was meant for him.

There are many more American movies featuring the classic two-seater sports car and we here at Alfa Romeo FIAT of Winter Haven we want you to feel like you’re the star of a movie when sporting down the road in your new vehicle. Take a search through our inventory to find your perfect match, with all the bells and whistles, and safety features galore, then get in touch with one of our five-star salesmen who will help you in any way they can. A new Alfa Romeo will  get you turning heads while going down the road.

Hobby Becomes a Business for Tammy Archer

Award-winning FiArt-ist wins top prize sponsored by FIAT of Winter Haven

Central Florida is home to thousands of talented artists. If you attended the 863 Local FiArt Fest, you could have seen some of their amazing work first-hand. Held for the last four years in Winter Haven, the annual event has been a homecoming of sorts for many, including Tammy Archer, who has won awards at the show in each of the last four years.

Archer took home first place this year, honorable mention last year, third place in her second year, and first place in her first year of the festival.

First place cashes in a $750 prize sponsored by FIAT, not a bad day at the office.

“I moved here (to Sebring) 10 years ago on July 4. I worked for the Post Office and instead of transferring, I opened my own business,” says Archer.

She said at last year’s festival, which is free to the public to attend, the judging was a little different. It took in the mixture of art rather than a single piece.

“This year the judge couldn’t pick just one he liked, he told me he judged me on my whole collection,” she says.

Archer’s volume includes a lot of different types of art — especially watercolor with gouache, a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance.

“I love it all,” she says. “Watercolor has always been my favorite.”

Art started as a hobby for Archer. In 2003 before she moved to Florida, Archer participated in an art show in New York.

“A lot of people really enjoy my work and style,” she says. Archer opened a site on eBay and now has about 1,200 pieces of art she’s sold around the world.

“I was surprised at the response to people buying my art. It’s very gratifying and rewarding.”

Archer said she’s probably never going to become rich from her artwork because she doesn’t take the steps to highlight the selling, such as making copies of her work, but she is satisfied with the connection people make to the work she does.

“Every painting belongs to one person. It evokes an experience and that belongs to them … and it keeps me busy and having fun.”

Returning for fifth year

Next year’s 863 FiArt Festival is scheduled on April 21 in Central Park Winter Haven. The event will feature a free arts workshop for children and it will include local authors, food trucks, body products and candles, a tattoo artist, wood furniture, music by a DJ, and more.

Artists will be selling their artwork and competing for cash prizes. FIAT of Winter Haven will give the first prize award of $750 to best artist. Other cash awards include: second and third place and five honorable mentions as well as the People’s Choice award. Alfa Romeo FIAT is a proud sponsor of this great community event and look forward to next year’s show!

FIAT Lease Specials at FIAT of Winter Haven

Summer is a great time to find special deals on FIAT models, and FIAT of Winter Haven has several FIAT lease deals near Lakeland going on now! With a variety of new FIAT vehicles to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your needs, along with a stellar offer.

2018 FIAT 500X Trekking

The FIAT 500X Trekking is a crossover for the driver who wants to have a small yet roomy vehicle. With all-wheel-drive, the FIAT 500X Trekking is versatile and powered by a 2.4-liter engine that renders 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque. Its 17-inch alloy wheels and satin chrome accents make it an attractive vehicle, too. Qualified customers can drive away in a new FIAT 500X Trekking with $2,980 down and payments of only $188 month for 39 months.

2018 FIAT 124 Spider Classica

Drive in style with FIAT 124 Spider Classica convertible. You’ll love driving with the wind in your hair, and you’ll also appreciate its turbo engine, which is the most powerful four-cylinder in its class. Along with performance, the look of the FIAT 124 Spider Classica is inspired by classic Italian styling. In a Top Gear review, experts expressed it was the perfect car for a congested commute or for long weekend drives. The current lease deal offers the vehicle to eligible customers at $199 a month for 39 months with only $2,890 down.

Find Your New Vehicle at FIAT of Winter Haven

With a large selection of new FIAT cars, you’ll want to visit your local Lakeland FIAT dealership to take advantage of all these deals. Simply come visit our showroom or call us at 888-245-3430 today to learn more about the FIAT 500X Trekking and FIAT 124 Spider Classica, or any of our additional models for sale.

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

With just over 70,000 deaths caused by drowsy driving, your team at FIAT of Winter Haven wants to help you stay alert and rested.

Sleep is a part of everyone’s life and without it, most would have a problem in thinking, reacting, and being able to accomplish tasks. Driving drowsy is one thing that all of us here at FIAT of Winter Haven believe you should not only be aware of, but understand the consequences of making the mistake just once.

While there is no test to evaluate when a person is too sleepy to get behind the wheel of a car, most people do know when he or she is past their point of exhaustion.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates nearly 170 million people have admitted to driving drowsy and 103 million have fallen asleep behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 reported crashes per year are the result of driver fatigue. It has resulted in more than 72,000 deaths and injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.

The National Safety Council reports that losing two hours of sleep is similar to the effect of a person having three beers.

 

Tips to Gain More Sleep for Drowsy Drivers

If you have sleeping problems, there are things that you can do to help yourself and, in the process, help keep others on the road safe too.

Taking part in a sleep apnea test is just one way to help. The test allows for doctors to study your sleep patterns and figure out why you are not getting enough sleep.

Another helpful hint is to get your body accustomed to your work schedule. If a new shift schedule is approaching, start preparing for the time change a few days in advance so that the best time for bed can be figured out to ensure enough energy for the work day ahead.

Installing blackout or light-blocking curtains are another great and easy change to make that will help when sleeping. The curtains allow for minimal light to be exposed into a room, making it easier to fall asleep, or stay asleep without disruption.

Some states and organizations are issuing public awareness campaigns as well as laws to encourage people not to drive while sleepy or drowsy.

 

While there are many more tips and helpful hints to gaining ample sleep, these are just a few that our Five Star team here at Alfa Romeo FIAT compiled for you.  If you are in the market for new vehicle, stop by and see us or call us at 888-300-5541.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Has Your Family’s Safety In Mind

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Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven talks incredible features in this extraordinary SUV that make your drive more pleasurable and safe.

When you see a car or SUV with a racing pedigree and exterior design that excites like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the last thing you might think of is safety features. But this extraordinary SUV that seamlessly blends performance and luxury also just happens to offer some incredible safety features.  Central Florida’s Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven wants you to have only the best when it comes to your driving experience, and that includes making sure you and your loved ones feel completely comfortable and secure.  So, sit back, buckle up, and come on this safety journey with us.

Here are few road safety tips and some features that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has that will help:

  1. You always strive to be the defensive driver, and like most safe drivers out there, you probably follow the two-second rule, making sure that you are at least two seconds behind the car in front of you while on the road (four seconds if it’s raining). Well, now the Alfa Romeo Stelvio can help with this rule of thumb.  With the available forward collision warning plus feature, the Stelvio can give you audio and visual alerts when you are approaching a vehicle too quickly and apply the brakes, if necessary.
  2. You always avoid multitasking while on the road. Why?  Because you know that a distracted driver– one that uses a phone or other device while behind the wheel– is more at-risk of an accident.  The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, however, is built for multitasking.  Take the alfa link rear suspension, for example.  This multitasker is a patented Alfa-design with vertical rods that enhances not only performance, but also the pleasure and– most importantly– the comfort and safety of the driver and passengers.
  3. In Central Florida, anyone who has lived here for more than one summer knows all about our rainy season and how it can change from a sunny afternoon to a torrential downpour of rain in a matter of seconds. But, when driving the Stelvio, your rain-sensing and speed-sensitive wipers will know just when to come on and will adjust their speed automatically to meet the demands of your vehicle’s speed.  It’s a little thing that goes a long way when it comes to driving during Central Florida’s rainy season.

 

Starting at only $41,995, you can come check out this extraordinary SUV at our dealership, located in Central Florida at 190 Avenue K SW in Winter Haven, and experience the luxury, performance, and safety you deserve. Contact one of our Five Star team members or call 888-701-9482 to get more information or to customize your Stelvio today.

Does Your Vehicle’s First Aid Kit Have All the Essentials

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The Low Payment Kings at FIAT of Winter Haven have compiled a list of supplies to keep on-hand in your vehicle’s first aid kit.

We don’t really think about “what would happen if …”  Well, as much as a seat belt is necessary for your safety, you should also consider including these supplies for your vehicle’s first aid kit. And, for those of us with children, there are probably a few extra items that may be necessary. For instance, think about your child participating in a sport with you watching in the stands, in this scenario it would be useful to have something on-hand just in case of an emergency. At FIAT of Winter Haven, we want to make sure you and your family are safe on and off the road, so read on to consider these items for your vehicle’s first aid kit.

 

List of Vehicle First Aid Kit Supplies from FIAT of Winter Haven

First of all, a First Aid container— as opposed to a bag— is preferable because this will help prevent items from getting squashed. A clear box with plastic compartments will help so items are in plain view. Also, we don’t recommend putting any kind of lock on it because easy access to the items is necessary in any emergency.

Some items you may want to supply yourself with are bandages, gauze pads, safety pins, adhesive, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone, antiseptic wipes, pain reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen, insect bite spray, cotton balls, Vaseline, a thermometer, tweezers, curved scissors, and needles. Also, especially in Florida, it could be a good idea to supply yourself with sunscreen.

Most of these items are for non-emergencies, but to have something for emergencies, you may want to supply the kit (or make a separate kit) with hot and cold packs, rubber gloves, a CPR mask, and extra plastic bags to dispose of potentially contaminated items.

Also, having a copy of an up to date First Aid manual for your vehicle’s first aid kit can always come in handy.

Furthermore, While some of these supplies may not be considered first aid items, drivers may want to consider having them, just in case of an emergency: flashlight and batteries, a light stick, a phone charger, a sling, and nonperishable food and water can also be helpful if your vehicle breaks down.

Take a little time to prepare your car’s first aid kit and hopefully you will never need to use it, but if you do, you’ll be glad to have it on-hand. Stop by FIAT of Winter Haven dealership or contact us for any questions you may have.

Top Luxury Sedan of the Year

Motor Trend Magazine Gives Giulia Top Ranking

 

Even with competition from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz, the Alfa Romeo Giulia was still named by Motor Trend as the top sedan on the market this year, last year the Alfa Romeo Giulia was named the top safety sedan.

Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven offers 15 different models to choose from, including the Stelvio AWD SUV, with a prices ranging from about $36,000-77,000.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has a 2.0 liter I-4 engine that has 280 horsepower and has an 8-speed automatic drive with overdrive. The gas tank holds 15.3 gallons and gets 25 miles/gallon.

One Motor Trend Judge, Chris Theodore, fell in love with it, said “The car saves the sport sedan market”. The V-6 engine it goes zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds and can do a quarter mile in 12.1 seconds as well as great handling!

Per Motor Trend’s report, their road test editor, Chris Walton, said, “The Giulia fills the space vacated by BMW. Yet even at the apex of its reign, a 3 Series never rode this well or cornered with such poise and precision simultaneously.”

“Many brands make blazingly fast performance sedans, but when the exercise is reduced by mass-market pressures, the lesser version is often found lacking. Not so here,” Motor Trend reported.

In the test of reliability, Motor Trend noted this car was among the top in its test. The magazine stated, “In testing three Guilia’s, they had hardly a “glitch, hiccup or bark of protest – while several cars from other luxury automakers had notable issues.”

The review claims the car is not all perfect, but it concluded, “For those who feel that the journey is as important as the destination, your chariot awaits.”

Here at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven, we could not be more proud to be able to offer this car to the community. Stop by today to talk with one of our knowledgeable, friendly sales representatives about setting you up with the Motor Trend Car of the Year or give us a call at 855-238-2945 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Brake Service at FIAT of Winter Haven

Even though we have mild winters in Florida, summer driving is different for us because of even more intense heat than other areas. That, in addition to dust and pollen, can really strain your vehicle in multiple ways. One component that you should always be aware of are your brakes. FIAT of Winter Haven invites you to our service center for a brake check to make sure everything is in working order.

Before you bring your car in for service, note any strange responses. Brake trouble can be made apparent by several warning signs, such as

  • Squealing or squeaking
  • Vibration while driving
  • Fluid leaks
  • Spongy or soft brake pedal
  • Car pulling to one side while braking

If you’re noticing it takes longer to stop in your FIAT car, or if your vehicle bounces up and down when you stop short, it’s important to schedule an appointment sooner rather than later.

As you cruise around in your FIAT 500 and start to hear or feel the signs of brake problems, it’s usually one of a handful of issues. The brake pads could be worn out, which is very common for front brakes. Squealing brakes are a possible indicator for this issue. Another possible culprit could be a warped rotor. Leaky brake fluid is one of the most severe problems, as it can lead to sudden brake failure. If you get in your car and the brake pedal pushes to the floor, a leak may have occurred.

No matter what the cause may be, we have the tools and resources to provide exceptional service on your brakes. And thanks to our fully stocked parts center, we can set you up with new brakes, brake pads, or anything else that you may need.

Our FIAT service center is here to help with all your brake needs. We proudly serve drivers in the Lakeland, FL area and look forward to working with you soon. To set up an appointment, give us a call at 888-252-4339 or utilize our online tool.

Check Your Brakes at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven

Many of us take our brakes for granted, especially when driving an Alfa Romeo Stelvio or an Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe near Auburndale, FL. After all, the Alfa Romeo brand uses only the highest-quality parts in its automobiles. But some components are bound to wear and require replacement, such as your brakes. And given how important they are to your safety, it’s wise to stay on top of them.

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