Alfa Romeo pricing and information

Average Alfa Romeo price: $9,145

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Alfa Romeo models

Alfa Romeo models review

  • Pros
    • Gorgeous Italian styling inside
    • Luxurious lines
    • Plush comfy seating
    • Good acceleration
  • Cons
    • Low residuals
    • Poor fuel economy
    • Road noise

Alfa Romeo history

Alfa Romeo's History

Alfa Romeo started life as A.L.F.A., the Anonima Lombarda Fabricca Automobili, in 1910 in Milan, Italy, producing luxury sports cars. In 1915, the Milanese entrepreneur Nicola Romeo joined the company and converted it to produce military hardware.

The factory changed its name to Alfa Romeo in 1920, and it was then that the first badged race car, the Torpedo, came off the production lines. It was driven to success that year and came second in the Targa Florio with none other than Enzo Ferrari behind the wheel.

By the late 1920s, the company was in trouble, and it was Mussolini’s government that saved the company by taking control of production and converting the workshops to the production of engines.

After World War II, the company reinvented itself as a manufacturer of small mass-produced vehicles rather than expensive limited edition race cars. They did, however, continue competing in motor racing and used these races to further develop their cars.

By the 1970s, the company was once again in financial straits and entered into an unsuccessful partnership with Nissan. Approaches were made to Fiat to set up a joint venture, which Fiat initially refused. It was not until Ford attempted a buyout that the Italian competitors entered into the bidding. The inclusion of Lancia in the group completed the Fiat Alfa Lancia Industriale SpA in 1986.

In 2007, Fiat created four separate motor companies within their group, one of which was the independent Alfa Romeo Automobiles SpA. It was planned that this part of the group would work alongside Maserati to build cars for the luxury market.

Overview of Alfa Romeo models

Overview of Alfa Romeo's Models

Right from their origins, Alfa Romeo has built innovative cars and engines. They have been responsible for some of car history’s most memorable body shapes. The use of monocoque bodies was first pioneered by Alfa in the 1950s and is still evident in many cars today. The Giulia 116 of the 1960s was an aerodynamic marvel and had the lowest drag coefficient of its age.

American regulations regarding safety standard design led to the fairings of bumpers in the 1970s so that Alfa’s cars would be able to maintain their streamlined looks. Computers led the way in Alfa design and production in the 1980s, with such innovative cars as the Alfa 164.

Over the years, there have been many memorable Alfa vehicles, cars like the Giulia of the 1960s favoured by the Italian Police and the Carabinieri. The Polizia drove blue/green Alfa cars known as ‘the Panther’ for their athletic catlike stance, while the Carabinieri had dark blue/white cars called ‘the Gazelles’ due to their handling and agility.

There were also the GTA, Giulietta, and Spider during this era. Followed by the sporty 156 of 1997 and the classy little 147. More recently, the Brera and 2006 Spider have taken the Alfa spotlight, and there is also the reincarnation of the Guilietta and the new MiTo.

Over the years, Alfa Romeo has also worked in conjunction with a number of external designers to produce the individual styling that make up its distinctive range of cars. These have included Enzo Ferrari in his early days, the famous automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and his company Italdesign, Pininfarina, Zagato, and most recently Centro Stile Alfa Romeo who worked on the little mini Alfa MiTo.

Up until 1967, along with their production cars, Alfa Romeo also manufactured lorries and buses. However, Alfa is most remembered for individual eccentricities of design and Italian flare. While their cars do not handle as assuredly as some of their rivals, they do have a class and elegance all their own.

Alfa Romeo's Competition

In the high-spec, luxury market, the Germans are always in the hunt, and Alfa sees itself against the engineering brilliance of BMW, Audi, VW, and Mercedes Benz. Over the years, the Japanese manufacturers have taken note of Alfa’s style and emulated it in their prestige ranges too; therefore, you’re likely to see Italian design with a Japanese twist in the likes of the Toyota, Mazda, and Honda cars. There is also home-grown competition from Maserati, while the British main challenge in the luxury market comes in the form of the world-famous Jaguar cars.

More recently, Alfa Romeo has proved to be more reliable with their car production, which adds further incentive to buy one of their chic, stylish, and elegant machines. Etched seats, embroidered dashboard, and the purr from its exhaust are all typically Alfa attributes. Although there are concerns with build quality and reliability, much of this has been reduced over recent years. Residuals have also proved to be a sticking point with second-hand deals providing a good bargain.

Alfa Romeo's competition

Alfa Romeo's Competition

In the high-spec, luxury market, the Germans are always in the hunt, and Alfa sees itself against the engineering brilliance of BMW, Audi, VW, and Mercedes Benz. Over the years, the Japanese manufacturers have taken note of Alfa’s style and emulated it in their prestige ranges too; therefore, you’re likely to see Italian design with a Japanese twist in the likes of the Toyota, Mazda, and Honda cars. There is also home-grown competition from Maserati, while the British main challenge in the luxury market comes in the form of the world-famous Jaguar cars.

More recently, Alfa Romeo has proved to be more reliable with their car production, which adds further incentive to buy one of their chic, stylish, and elegant machines. Etched seats, embroidered dashboard, and the purr from its exhaust are all typically Alfa attributes. Although there are concerns with build quality and reliability, much of this has been reduced over recent years. Residuals have also proved to be a sticking point with second-hand deals providing a good bargain.

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