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History of Alfa Romeo

It is one of the Italian giants of the auto industry. Theirs is a history of long-standing charged wins, happy coincidences, vibrant moments, but also peak moments, sad outcomes and occasional defeats. The brand has known since 1910 forging his name and fix it on the list of the best without option to revocation.

It continues to create cars of elegant design, excellent performance both in the city and on the race track. Founded in Milan, this manufacturer has not been oblivious to economic crises, reason why since 1987 such which is owned by the Fiat Group did other large industry such as Ferrari, Maserati and Lancia. The current plan is to return to the North American market which left in 1995.

Beginning of Alfa-Romeo

Alfa-Romeo was not consolidated as such but until 1920, after a curious connection of facts and unexpected twists. A Frenchman named Alexandre Darracq decided to take its car factory to Italy, seeing the success was having on his country. A place called Portello settles in Milan, epicenter of the automotive activity of Italy. The Darracq factory does not have much success in sales, so its delegate, Ugo Stella instructs the engineer Giuseppe Merasi the design of a car to the taste of the Italians.

He, knowing the language and with large dose of talent, created the 24HP. A Lombard entrepreneurs buy the plant Darracq in order to market this car, which becomes a hit in sales by its impressive qualities out in 1911. Change the name to Anonima Lombarda manufactures Automobili (Alpha). Merasi, with the approval still designing variations of the 24HP cars. So leave the 12HP, the Corsa 15HP, 15/20HP and 40/60 HP, the first sports of the brand, which made its debut in the Parma-Berceto race and won in its category.

Subsequent years of Alfa-Romeo

The arrival of the first world war produced the first crisis for Alpha. Nicola Romeo takes possession of the factory, placed by the majority of shareholders. Romeo had expertise in heavy equipment (compressors, military equipment, aircraft) and acquires the Soronno company which manufactured railway parts. This way Alpha goes into recess but reinforcing their knowledge on all types of machines. When the war ended, Alfa-Romeo Spa was officially formed.

The decade between 1920 and 1930 was important for the company that began to innovate, with ups and downs, new models. After this they modernized plants and built others in France, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Checolovaquia in order to grow its market, something that actually happened. Under the new command of IRI (Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale) and with the guidance of Ugo Gobbato yield the production of sports to Enzo Ferrari, who formed the team Alfa-Romeo. At this time also began to produce buses and to dabble in the aeronautical sector.

In this decade the Alfa-Romeo car entering competitions of racing, a turbulent time in which the tracks, not only were place of entertainment and healthy competition, but also a political space where Nazi Germany was faced with Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union against the Italian Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa-Romeo.

In the years 40?s, Alfa-Romeo was focused on vehicles for military purposes by temporarily suspending other types of production. Germany accused them of Collaborationism and the Portello plant was bombed three times. The factory was in rubble. In 1945, Ugo Gobbato was murdered in Milan by two individuals on the street.

Pasquale Gallo took control of the factory and it all started from scratch, again. In this hard time only produced a car, born in full turbulence but with excellent performance as always did Alfa-Romeo.

When came the year 1950, Alfa-Romeo had a single goal: the brand relaunch. With much effort, the Alfa-Romeo returned to power, above all thanks to major releases as the 1900 that captivated demanding markets. She had an invincible slogan: "the family car that wins races". Two birds with one stone, as he would say. The 1900 sold 20,000 units.

On the slopes, the models 158 and 159 "Alfetta" expire in their categories at the brand new Formula 1 World Championship. Everything was fine, but now would be better thanks to the cocky family, the Alfa-Romeo Guilietta Sprint, car that forged the trend to produce vehicles together with interior designers and designers of bodywork. The Guilietta Sprint marked a trend respected until today since then.

Alfa-Romeo now

Even though his production has declined in the last ten years, the merger with Maserati suggests a rebound in sales of this classic brand. The goal would be to reach the U.S. market.

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Alfa Romeo 156

Alfa Romeo 156

Alfa Romeo, the Italian automaker launched a compact model of the executive class, the 156 model in 1997 and was produced till 2007. This car was introduced as a replacement for the 155 model from the company on the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997 and was considered as the best-looking car during its reign.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C, a lightweight and small rear trundle drive Coupe sports sedan that contains 2 seats. This sedan is identical in dimension to the Alfa Romeo MiTo. This car uses a rear and front crash box, carbon fiber tub and rear frame which is hybrid in nature, essentially out of aluminum metal for keeping its weight at 1,973 lbs (895 kilograms) and 2,194 lb (995 kilograms) in the USA.

Alfa Romeo 159

Alfa Romeo 159

The 159 model was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005 by the Alfa Romeo to replace the 156 model in the compact executive segment, which was produced until 2011.

Technical characteristics of Alfa Romeo Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 1967 123HP (91 kW) @ 5500 rpm 6.7 l/100km
2 Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon 2.0 T. Spark 2000 157HP (115 kW) @ 6400 rpm 8.9 l/100km
3 Alfa Romeo Spider 2.4 JTDm 20v 2010 210HP (154 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6.8 l/100km
4 Alfa Romeo 146 1.6 1994 104HP (76 kW) @ 6000 rpm 6.7 l/100km
5 Alfa Romeo 164 24v Super 1992 209HP (154 kW) @ 6300 rpm 6.7 l/100km
6 Alfa Romeo Brera 1750 TBi 2009 200HP (147 kW) @ 5000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
7 Alfa Romeo 166 2.5 V6 24v 2003 187HP (138 kW) @ 6300 rpm 11.9 l/100km
8 Alfa Romeo GTV 1.8 Twin Spark 1998 146HP (107 kW) @ 6500 rpm 13 l/100km
9 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport Zagato 1926 89HP (65 kW) @ 3600 rpm 6.7 l/100km
10 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 2.4 JTDm 2006 199HP (146 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7 l/100km
11 Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon 2.4 JTD Multijet 2003 174HP (128 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6.7 l/100km
12 Alfa Romeo Alfasud 1.5 SC 1978 85HP (62 kW) @ 5800 rpm 6.7 l/100km
13 Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 2.0 1984 136HP (100 kW) @ 5600 rpm 6.7 l/100km
14 Alfa Romeo Alfetta Coup? 1.8 1974 123HP (91 kW) @ 5500 rpm 6.7 l/100km
15 Alfa Romeo 145 1.4 T. Spark 16V 1999 103HP (76 kW) @ 6300 rpm 8.9 l/100km

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