It is with the saddest of hearts that the family of Gladys Bernstein announces her passing on June 4th, 2022. She was surrounded by her family.
.Gladys and her husband Howard were co- founders of the Mid Florida Alfa Romeo Owners Club. The club was started in January of 2002. She remained active as the clubs Hospitality coordinator until 2020, but remained an Alfisti to the end. She lived her life with a determined level of independence and always gave, but seldom asked. Her Alfisti & Fiafisti friends will miss her charm, wit and her gift of presence in our lives.
Gladys was born in the Bronx, NY on August 30, 1930. Gladys led an extraordinary life filled with tireless energy, service to her community, love of her family, and a cherished friend. Her sharp mind and photographic memory allowed her to convey most any detail of her life and experiences. She gave generously to any one in need and was a tenacious problem solver
Gladys began her family in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area after Howard completed his US Navy service. She lived there until 1979 and was a dedicated activist in her community. One of her most notable accomplishments was to start and oversee the creation of the Monroeville, PA public library. Today it is one of the largest community libraries in the state. In 1967, she was awarded Woman of the Year by the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce. She worked as a substitute teacher and was an editor for a weekly newspaper publication, the Monroeville Times Express.
Gladys and Howard moved to Kingston, NY in 1979 and to Longwood, Florida in 1984 where she lived the rest of her life. In both communities, she continued to be active as a civic leader.
Gladys will be dearly missed by so many. She was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend to all.
By: Adrian Padeanu
Alfa Romeo has a busy schedule up ahead to boost its SUV portfolio by rolling out the Tonale to join the Stelvio. The latter is due to receive a mid-cycle facelift in the foreseeable future while an entry-level crossover believed to be called Brennero is coming in 2024. The high-riding portfolio will further be expanded around 2026 or 2027 with a large electric SUV positioned above the Stelvio.
Ok, but where does that leave the Giulia? Sedan fans will be glad to hear the fabled Italian brand won't be abandoning cars. Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato told Automotive News Europe at Stellantis' Pomigliano factory that there will be a next generation of the BMW 3 Series competitor: "We are not abandoning the Giulia. There will be a future Giulia, and it will be an electric-only model."
So, there you have it – the Giulia is here to stay, but it's only a matter of time before its internal combustion engines will be discontinued. With Alfa Romeo previously announcing it will become an EV-only brand by 2027, there's no time left for the gorgeous sedan to get a next-gen model with ICEs.
Why is that the case? Because spy shots have revealed a facelifted Giulia is on its way and should hit the market sometime in 2023. It's going to stick around for a few years before bidding adieu to gasoline and diesel engines for the next-gen model.
As to whether the Giulietta will come back in some form, Alfa’s head honcho said the compact Tonale crossover has effectively taken its place. The old hatchback was a Eurocentric model whereas its indirect replacement has been conceived to go global to better fit with the company's expansion plans.
Previously, Imparato admitted there are plans for one-off and few-off sports cars, hinting some of them will take inspiration from the Duetto and Tipo 33. However, cars are currently on the backburner since Alfa Romeo knows there's more money to be made with SUVs. For this reason, the firm will have four of them by 2027.
In the meantime, the Stellantis brand hopes its new Tonale will be the driving force behind a sales boom in a quest to sell more than 100,000 vehicles per year once again. It could happen as early as 2023 and that would double the number of deliveries compared to 2021 when 52,000 vehicles were shipped to customers.
Source: Automotive News Europe