Alfa Romeo: Company History, Current Models, Interesting Facts ...

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Automobiles is a luxury car manufacturer based out of Italy. Serving a worldwide market, the company’s cars are known for their extremely high performance and ultra-luxurious finishing touches. Alfa Romeo has been a subsidiary of the Fiat Group Automobiles since 2007.

Company History

Founded in 1910 in Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo has a long and illustrious history as a car manufacturer. Though they produced vehicles alongside the Darracq car companies since 1906, their first independently manufactured car came out in 1910 as the 24 HP. Shortly after, a number of other models, known as the A.L.F.A. series, were produced with more powerful engines. These quickly became leaders in motorsports racing at the time, especially in Grand Prix.

Like nearly all car companies at the time, the outbreak of World War I halted production. It picked up again after the war with Alfa Romeo coming out with the Torpedo 20-30 HP car. It was around this time that the team picked up a young racing driver named Enzo Ferrari (later the creator of the company Ferrari). Thanks to his skill and input, Alfa Romeo achieved much success in racing and was able to fine-tune a number of otherwise unheard of technologies in their vehicles.

With World War II drawing near, Alfa Romeo was chosen by Mussolini as his car of choice. The cars soon became a national emblem in Italy. They were the cars of choice for the wealthy and elite.

Alfa Romeo once again began to produce cars for a wider group of people after World War II. During this time, they still placed a heavy focus on racing, including Formula One. A number of different models were produced during the period from 1940 to the 1960s. These included one of the first front-wheel drive compact cars.

The more modern years of the late 1980s to early 2000s had Alfa Romeo focusing on designing traditional cars. These incorporated avant-garde styling and sporting panache. The company continued along much the same trajectory until they began a part of Fiat Auto S.p.A. and were reorganized into Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. in early 2007. The company is wholly owned by Fiat today.

Flagship Model

The current flagship model of Alfa Romeo is their Alfa Romeo 4C (Type 960). This small, lightweight, rear wheel drive sports car uses a carbon fiber tub, front and rear crash box, and hybrid rear frame (constructed primarily from aluminum) to reduce weight and increase performance. The car is similar in size and design to the Alfa Romeo MiTo. The 4C is Alfa Romeo’s first mass-produced car for its re-entry into the United States market. It has been in development since 2009 and was first commercially produced in 2014.

Current Models

Alfa Romeo currently produces three different models of cars. These include the Alfa Romeo MiTo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and the Alfa Romeo 4C.

The MiTo was first introduced in 2008. It is a three-door hatchback supermini. The car is considered a luxury automobile.

The Giulietta was first introduced in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is a five-door small family car that was designed to replace the Alfa Romeo 147. It is a luxury vehicle and is the company’s largest and most spacious current model.

Discussed above, the 4C was first introduced in 2011 and went into production in 2014. The car is a rear-wheel drive, two-seat coupe sports car. Though it is similar to the MiTo, it is smaller and lighter. Alfa Romeo also placed much more emphasis on high performance in its design and development of the 4C.

Alfa Romeo additionally has several future models in the works. These vehicles are expected to be release in late 2014 to early 2015. They include the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Alfa Romeo C-SUV, and the Alfa Romeo Spider.

Previous Models

Alfa Romeo has been producing cars since 1910. Because of their immense popularity as a car manufacturer, it goes without saying that they have produced dozens upon dozens of cars during this time.

Among their non-racing road cars, the 24 HP, G1, G2, and 8C were all popular between 1910 and 1930. From 1950 to 1980, cars such as the 1900, Matta, 2000, GTA, Spider, and Montreal made big waves in the automobile industry. More recent models that are no longer produced include the 33, Arna, 155, 156, 166, and the Brera. Keep it in mind that these models are only the tip of the iceberg as far as Alfa Romeo cars are concerned.

Interesting Facts

Alfa Romeo is one of the most well known car companies in the world. In addition to becoming Italy’s “national car” several times through history, they have also extensively appeared in the media and popular culture. For instance, the Alfa Romeo Spider appeared in the 1967 film The Graduate. Other Alfa Romeo models can be seen in several James Bond films including Octopussy and Quantum of Solace.

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