Hello, my lovelies! As I cruised down the sun-kissed roads of Tuscany in my vintage Fiat 500, a story unfolded that’s just too delicious not to share. Imagine this: the lush Italian landscape, a scarf fluttering in the breeze, and me—your guide to all things opulent—diving into the world of Italian luxury cars, with a twist that’s as rich as a scoop of gelato!

Now, you’ve all heard of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep, haven’t you? These icons of Italian design have always had a special place in my heart, as they likely do in yours. But there’s a new chapter being written in their storied histories, one that involves a global powerhouse you might not be as familiar with—Stellantis. Let me spill the espresso beans on this intriguing mix!

Fiat 500 Classic car Gracie Opulanza Tuscany italy beige Moschino wool crotchet cardigan

Stellantis, a name that might sound more like a star system than a car manufacturer, is actually a colossal entity born from the merger of Italy’s Fiat Chrysler and France’s Peugeot Group in 2021. Yes, darlings, it’s a blend of Italian flair and French savoir-faire. Now, under one roof, they house not just our beloved Italian brands but also the likes of Chrysler, Peugeot, and Vauxhall.

But here’s where it gets juicy: not all is serene in this automotive empire.

Recently, Stellantis stirred up a tempest in a teacup—or should I say, an espresso cup—over the Alfa Romeo Milano. Picture this: a car named after the fashion capital of the world, but assembled not on Italian soil, but in Poland! Scandalous, right?

Well, that’s exactly what Italy’s industry minister thought when he stepped in with a flare only seen at Italian opera houses, declaring it downright misleading. “A car called Milano must be produced in Italy!” he exclaimed, underlining a law against “Italian sounding” products not made in Italy.

The uproar was so heated that Stellantis, with a flick of their luxurious mane, renamed the car to ‘Junior’. As Alfa Romeo’s boss put it, they aimed to preserve the “positive emotion” their cars inspire, steering clear of controversy. I must say, the drama is as enthralling as a high-speed chase down the Amalfi Coast!

On a side note, let’s not forget about Fiat and Jeep, who are also moving some of their production to Poland. It’s like watching a high-stakes game of musical chairs, except with factories. This move had me pondering—will a Fiat still have its charm if it’s not whispering sweet nothings in Italian? Will “Made in Poland” Alfa Romeo maintain its allure? These are the questions that tickle my brain as I zip around in my little Fiat 500.

It’s not just about where these beauties are made, though.


Made In Italy Can’t Be Compromised

The essence of “Made in Italy” is a blend of art, history, and passion, something that can’t merely be stamped on a label.

It’s an experience, a promise of beauty and performance wrapped in leather and metal. This is why the Italian Prime Minister herself has chimed in, advocating for these mechanical marvels to be made on home soil if they are to wear the badge of Italian luxury.

Amidst all this, the Agnelli family, Italy’s very own industrial royalty and major players behind Fiat, hold a stake in this opulent automotive saga through their company, Exor. They even have their hands on about 25% of Ferrari—talk about fast and luxurious!


My dear readers, as I mull over these luxurious predicaments, cruising through Tuscany, I can’t help but feel a twinge of nostalgia mixed with excitement for the future. How will these titans of industry maneuver through the winding roads of global economics and national pride? Only time will tell.

In the end, whether it’s sipping a fine Chianti or choosing a car that complements your scarf, remember—it’s not just about the product. It’s about the story it tells and the dreams it represents. And on that note, I’ll continue my drive, dreaming of the next adventure and the next story to tell, with you all riding shotgun.

Ciao for now, my darlings, and keep living la dolce vita!