Alfa Romeo returns
After a 30-year absence, Italy’s storied Alfa Romeo brand will return to the United States later this year with a new two-seat compact sports car.
Italian automaker Fiat said the long-delayed Alfa 4C will go on sale in the second half of the year. The rear-wheel-drive car will cost around $60,000 in the U.S. and be sold at U.S. Fiat dealers.
Perking up the menu
Burger King has announced plans for a big upgrade of its coffee products, doubling the number of coffee beverages it offers to 10 in partnership with Seattle’s Best Coffee.
Beginning this week, Burger King is replacing its current brewed coffee with a smoother Seattle’s Best blend. It also will have a new decaf, four new iced coffees and four lattes.
The latte rollout begins in March.
Netflix adds program for kids
Netflix is buffing up its credentials as a popular way for parents to keep their kids entertained.
The subscription video provider said it will team up with DreamWorks Animation to create its first original cartoon series for kids. The series will be based on DreamWorks’ upcoming movie “Turbo,” which is about a snail who gets the power of superspeed after getting in a freak accident.
The film, starring Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Michael Pena, opens in theaters July 19. The series will be called “Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team)” and debut exclusively in December on Netflix.
ABC and Univision have announced the name of their joint venture that will provide English language news programming aimed at the growing Latino demographic: Fusion.
Univision News president Isaac Lee said Fusion will bring together diverse cultures and give Latinos a voice in the American conversation.
The network will launch later in 2013.
A pair of mustached pizza makers in blue aprons — visible from behind a glass display at a new Domino’s store in Seattle — tossed dough into the air as a handful of corporate executives looked on.
Domino’s calls the idea “pizza theater” because customers now can come in and watch their orders being made.
The new look is part of a four-year effort to freshen the pizza chain’s image and boost its growing ranks of carryout customers. The open kitchen format includes seating for a dozen or so people, a chalkboard where customers can leave comments and a refrigerated section for grab-and-go items such as salads and milk.
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