Just returned from a 2 weeks vacation on the eastern side of Italy (Marche and Abruzzo regions). These are my unscientific observations and opinions on the state of the Italian motor industry. First the good news, I saw a lot of Stelvio and I mean a lot. It is becoming very popular, I would say that 90% were diesels. Giulia not so much, I think I may have seen 6 the all time. The biggest surprise and a shocker to me, was the complete lack of Fiats. They were incredibly rare. The occasional 500, Panda and the now aging 500L. I did see one Jeep re-badge Fiat Freemont. This is shocking considering that not 20 years ago Fiat products dominated the landscape. They have no new product, no updated line, nothing. On the other hand, other than the usual German dominance, I noticed a lot of Peugeot and Renault, offering quite a number of new and very attractive SUV and cars. I was leery of the merger with Peugeot then but now I hope they will breathe a new life in Fiat as they need it. Finally, I also noticed that both Hyundai and Kia are making some inroads, very popular.