SOURCE: CNH

September 15, 2008 09:00 ET

"Italian Style 2008" to Take Center Stage in Chicago With Fiat Group's CNH as Major Sponsor of the Event

Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati Striking Cars on Display Together With Case IH and New Holland Farm and Construction Equipment, and State-of-the-Art Engines and Automotive Components; Fiat Group CEO, Sergio Marchionne, to Be Honored With the "Business Excellence Award"

BURR RIDGE, IL--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - CNH (Case New Holland), a global leader in agricultural and construction equipment and a Fiat Group company, is the presenting sponsor of "Italian Style," a three-day exposition -- Sept. 19-21 at Chicago's Navy Pier -- celebrating Italian fashion, design, technology, tourism and cuisine. The event is organized by the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce, Midwest.

CNH will display more than 20 Case IH Agriculture, New Holland Agriculture, Case Construction, New Holland Construction and Kobelco state-of-the-art farm and earthmoving equipment.

Case IH will present its 210-horsepower Puma, a versatile tractor used for planting and cultivating, pulling tillage and loader work for hay or livestock operations; a four-wheel-drive Case IH QuadTrac for big farming operations to pull equipment; and the multitasking, rugged Case IH Farmall C series utility tractors.

New Holland Agriculture's BR7070 Round Baler gathers cut hay and forms bales. Three tractors to be shown (T8010, TT45A and T2320 Boomer) are specifically designed for use on today's modern farm, for first-time buyers and for landscapers or part-time farmers.

From Case Construction comes a variety of muscular equipment, from 1150K Series 3 Crawler Dozers that use a blade to push material and Case 588G Forklifts for moving materials on a job site to Case SV208 Vibratory Rollers that compact underlying surfaces and Case CX160B Excavators used to dig trenches for laying pipe or digging foundations.

New Holland Construction will feature a powerful Kobelco 140SR Excavator for digging trenches for sewer pipes or basements; a New Holland W130B LR Wheel Loader used in sand and gravel operations and road construction; a New Holland L185 Skid Steer Loader for loading materials; and a New Holland B95B Loader Backhoe that can in many instances take the place of an excavator and a wheel loader.

Fiat Group also will be well-represented at the event by an Alfa Romeo 8C, which will be presented for the first time in its final and clients version to the North American public; engines by Fiat Powertrain Technologies, automotive systems and components by Magneti Marelli, together with Ferrari and Maserati luxury cars.

The new Alfa 8C Competizione is a high-performance car that Alfa Romeo will produce in a limited edition of 500, including just 84 destined to the North American market. Maximum engine performance is 450bhp at 7000 rpm, with a peak torque of 470 Nm at 4750 rpm and top speed capacity at 7500 rpm. To any gasoline-head reared on stories of classic Italian front-engined GTs, this "speechless beauty" mercilessly pushed all the buttons. It starts with a truly buxom body draped over 20-inch wheels. The interior's all carbon and aluminum and lovely Italian leather. And the lightweight materials extend to the structure -- an all-carbon load-bearing skin over a steel punt. There is a red-blooded 450bhp Italian V8 up front, and a six-speed paddle shift box in front of the rear axle.

Ferrari, which embodies exclusivity, innovative technology and high-level performance, will provide expo visitors a close-up look at 599 GTB and F430 Spider.

The 599 GTB is Ferrari's most powerful V12-engined production car of all time. The 599 GTB is a concentration of Ferrari's most innovative and technologically advanced engineering solutions applied to a mid-front engined two-seater coupé. The result is a new benchmark for performance, driver involvement and design. The Ferrari 599 GTB boasts class-leading power thanks to its 5,999cc V12 -- derived directly from the Enzo Ferrari supercar -- which produces no less than 620hp at 7,600 rpm for a weight/power ratio of just 2.6 kg per horsepower. The unmistakable Pininfarina design gives the Ferrari 599 GTB aggressive yet elegant lines which are perfectly integrated with the advanced aerodynamic solutions adopted to reach the performance figures attainable.

The drop-top F430 Spider is the most popular Ferrari currently in production. The car includes a number of important technical features which give hints of the car's F1 pedigree, starting with the innovative electronic differential -- first developed by the racing division for the Scuderia's all-conquering F1 cars which improves traction and roadholding under all conditions. The F430 Spider's shape is the result of lengthy testing and features a pronounced nolder which is integrated into the end of the engine cover, new bigger rear air intakes that emphasize the car's muscular stance, and a new rear valance that incorporates a diffuser of competition derivation.

Maserati is proud to provide expo visitors an opportunity to preview a model new for 2009, Maserati Quattroporte S.

The dual soul of Maserati as a car of equal measure elegance and sporting capability finds its highest expression in the new Quattroporte S, which is equipped with a brilliant 4.7 liter V8 delivering a maximum power output of 433 hp at 7,000 rpm, and an advanced 6-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to Pininfarina's unrivalled and skilful hand, Quattroporte S presents the most modern interpretation of the purposeful line, elegance and exclusivity which characterize the timeless style of Maserati. A new radiator grill with vertical fins, larger sized headlights with an L-shaped band of LEDs and a reshaped fascia create a purposeful and strong stance. The side has also been transformed with a more noticeable under-door moulding, while the rear-view mirrors merge more smoothly into the design of the car's body. The rear has also been sculpted with a more striking approach with a stylistic link to the critically acclaimed Maserati GranTurismo clearly reflected in the red outline of the headlights, with a white central part. The interior of Maseratis are renowned for a design clarity and sense of occasion. The dashboard of the new Quattroporte S retains its strong character and the center console has been restyled to bring the controls closer together. This considerably improves the ergonomics of the driving position, also enhanced by reshaped seats, a sportier grip for the steering wheel and a convenient storage compartment located in the central tunnel. The Quattroporte S also features an all new, state-of-the-art hard drive based Entertainment and Navigation system.

In addition, FPT -- Fiat Powertrain Technologies, which focuses on research, development and production of engines and transmissions, will showcase some of its state-of-the-art engines, which well represent the extremely wide range of applications of FPT products: C13 500 (marine applications), F32 MRS (agricultural applications), C87 TE1D (power generations applications), S30 ENT 4 and the brand new 1.8 GDI (automotive applications).

Born in March 2005, Fiat Powertrain Technologies is the Fiat Group Company including all the Powertrain activities previously carried on in Fiat Group Automobiles, Iveco, Fiat Research Center and Elasis. With its annual output of around 3,1 million engines and 2,5 million transmissions and axles, 20.000 employees, 15 plants and 10 research centers in 7 countries, FPT is one of the most significant players in the powertrain sector on a worldwide basis.

Fiat Group's Magneti Marelli, a world leader in automotive components, will display headlamps of the Lancia Delta (with LED day running light), Maserati GranTurismo and Alfa Romeo 159/Brera. It also will show rear lamps of Alfa Romeo MiTo, Maserati Quattroporte and BMW 7th. In addition, the portable navigation device and instrument cluster of Fiat 500 plus an advanced instrument cluster of Ferrari 599, will be shown.

Founded by Fiat and the Ercole Marelli firm in 1919, the business was acquired entirely by the Fiat Group in 1967. Magneti Marelli is present in 16 countries and is committed to creating innovative products which embody excellence and focus on active and passive safety, and respect for the environment.

Fiat Group will be honored at the 101st anniversary gala dinner of the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce, Midwest with the "Business Excellence Award." Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat Group and Chairman of CNH, will be on hand to accept the award on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The 2008 edition of "Italian Style" follows the successful showcase organized in September 2007 at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens, which attracted more than 70,000 visitors.

More information and photos about Fiat Group and its Subsidiaries and products can be found online at:

http://www.fiatgroup.com

http://www.cnh.com

http://www.caseih.com

http://www.casece.com

http://www.newholland.com

http://construction.newholland.com

http://www.alfaromeo.com

http://www.ferrariusa.com

http://www.maseratiamerica.com

http://www.fptpowertrain.com/eng/home.htm

http://www.magnetimarelli.com

CNH Global N.V. is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses. Supported by more than 11,000 dealers in 160 countries, CNH brings together the knowledge and heritage of its Case and New Holland brand families with the strength and resources of its worldwide commercial, industrial, product support and finance organizations. CNH Global N.V., whose stock is listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNH), is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (FIA.MI). More information about CNH and its Case and New Holland products can be found online at www.cnh.com.

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