Fiat stars in ANSA's New York, Washington photo show

'Tour Around Italy' fetes iconic Italian carmaker

Fiat stars in ANSA's New York, Washington photo show

(By Sandra Cordon) Turin, May 14 - As a vivid and popular international symbol of Italy, it seems only natural that automotive giant Fiat would play a prominent role in a current exhibition of Italian culture and style now showing in the United States. After all, as Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne likes to say, there will always be a piece of Italy in every Fiat that is sold around the world. Fiat is a prominent actor in, as well as one of the sponsors of, the Tour Around Italy photography exhibition created by the the ANSA news agency to better explain and promote Italy abroad. Tour Around Italy, which is showing simultaneous at the Italian embassy in Washington and at the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) in New York, is co-sponsored by the foreign ministry, the Italian embassy and the Milan Expo 2015 committee. In fact, the exhibit is part of the wider initiative: 2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, which is designed to boost awareness throughout the US of all that Italy has to offer. The Year of Italian Culture involves more than 180 events curated by the Italian embassy in Washington and by Italian consulates and cultural institutes in more than 40 US cities. At the official opening of the Tour of Italy exhibition in Washington last weekend, Fiat laid out a selection of its own Italian automobiles, including Maserati a Fiat 500, and a 300 model by Fiat-owned Chrysler. All of those models are owned by Fiat, which designs, produces, and sells vehicles all over the world under such well-known brand names as Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth, as well as luxury and performance brands Ferrari and Maserati. It is also involved in producing auto components through Fiat Powertrain, Magneti Marelli, Teksid and Comau. Indeed, for many people, there are few things more Italian than the image of Fiat and its sporty, iconic cars that today are sold in 150 countries around the world. The Turin-based Fiat automotive group has been synonymous with Italian style for more than a century, yet it has never lost touch with its roots, despite a global success that includes the takeover of American giant Chrysler. Founded in 1899, Fiat took over bankrupt Chrysler in 2009 and, with an initial 20% stake in the company, turned its fortunes around. Fiat now owns about 60% of Michigan-based Chrysler which these days, thanks to its strong sales in North America, is contributing a great to deal to the Italian giant's bottom line. At the same time, the company receives high rankings on measures of economic, environmental and social sustainability on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. The Tour Around Italy collection of ANSA photographs, representing various regions of Italy, focuses on six key themes, including local handicrafts, food specialities, fashion and style, important art, and Italian initiatives and excellence in the field of science and research. The exhibition will continue in Washington until May 25, and in New York through June 2. A free Apple Store application has also been created around the exhibition, allowing virtual visits.

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