43 Facts About Alfa Romeo


Alfa Romeo was owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the company that was responsible for the production of Alfa Romeo cars until its operations were fully merged with those of the PSA Group to form Stellantis on 16 January 2021.

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Alfa Romeo struggled to return to profitability after the Second World War, and turned to mass-producing small vehicles rather than hand-building luxury models.

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Alfa Romeo has competed successfully in Grand Prix motor racing, Formula One, sportscar racing, touring car racing, and rallies.

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The first racing car was made in 1913, three years after the foundation of the company, and Alfa Romeo won the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars in 1925.

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In 1928, Nicola Romeo left, and in 1933 Alfa Romeo was rescued by the government, which then had effective control.

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Alfa Romeo became an instrument of Mussolini's Italy, a national emblem.

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Since Alfa Romeo was controlled by the Italian government-owned Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale, a deal was made where about a quarter of worker's salaries were paid through state unemployment agencies to allow Alfa's plants to idle for two weeks every two months.

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However, Fiat chose to put in a bid to acquire the entirety of Alfa Romeo and offer job guarantees to Italian workers, an offer that Ford was unwilling to match.

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Alfa Romeo set about to achieve a sales target of 170, 000 units in 2011, including 100, 000 Giulietta and 60, 000 MiTo models, but it actually sold 130, 000 units that year.

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In 2017 Alfa Romeo increased production by 62 percent, building a total of 150, 722 vehicles at the company's three factories.

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Alfa Romeo was imported to the United States by Max Hoffman from the mid-1950s.

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In 1961 Alfa Romeo started exporting cars to the United States through its own dealer network.

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In 1995, Alfa Romeo ceased exporting cars to the United States, the last model sold in that market being the 164 sedan.

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On 5 May 2006, Alfa Romeo made its return to the US Market as announced by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne after a series of rumours.

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North American sales resumed in October 2008, with the launch of the limited production 8C Competizione coupe with Alfa Romeo models being imported by Fiat's US subsidiary Chrysler.

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Alfa Romeo has introduced many technological innovations over the years, and the company has often been among the first users of new technologies.

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Alfa Romeo tested one of the first electronic fuel injection systems in the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 with "Ala spessa" body in 1940 Mille Miglia.

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Construction techniques used by Alfa Romeo has been imitated by other carmakers, and in this way, the Alfa Romeo body designs have often been very influential.

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In general, concept cars for Alfa Romeo have generally become production vehicles, after some modification to make them suitable for manufacture, and to provide driver and passenger safety.

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Since 1923, the quadrifoglio logo has been the symbol of Alfa Romeo racing cars and since WWII, it has been used to designate the higher trim models of the range.

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Since this period in 1923, the bodies of Alfa Romeo racing cars have been adorned with the quadrifoglio as a lucky charm.

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Alfa Romeo has been involved with motor racing since 1911, when it entered two 24 HP models in Targa Florio competition.

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Alfa Romeo won the first World Manufacturers' Championship in 1925 and the first AIACR European Championship in 1931 and it scored wins at many races and motoring events such as Targa Florio, Mille Miglia and Le Mans.

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Great success continued with Formula One, when Alfa Romeo won the first World Formula One Championship in 1950 and won the second Formula One Championship in 1951.

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Alfa Romeo won international championships in Prototypes, Touring and Fast Touring categories in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Alfa Romeo has competed both as a constructor and an engine supplier, via works entries Alfa Corse, Autodelta and private entries.

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Alfa Romeo's factory racing team was outsourced to Enzo Ferrari's Scuderia Ferrari between 1933 and 1938.

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Alfa Romeo have been in a technical partnership with the Sauber F1 Team since 2018, and since 2019 have competed in Formula One solely as Alfa Romeo.

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Alfa Romeo has won 5 FIA European Formula 3 Championships and 5 FIA European Formula 3 Cups with the support from the Alfa Romeo Stable Euroracing who created motor for the Formula 3 championship, and with the support of Italian motor company Novamotor which work in the Formula 3 competition.

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Successively, the following Alfa Romeo cars have found favour for Italian police and government employment.

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In 1930, Alfa Romeo presented a light truck in addition to heavy LCVs based on Bussing constructions.

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The last Alfa Romeo vans were the Alfa Romeo AR6 and AR8, rebadged versions of Iveco Daily and Fiat Ducato.

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Alfa Romeo produced trolleybuses for many systems in Italy, Latin America, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Turkey and South Africa.

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An Alfa Romeo engine was first used on an aircraft in 1910 on the Santoni-Franchini biplane.

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In 1932 Alfa Romeo built its first real aircraft engine, the D2, fitted to Caproni 101 D2.

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Alfa Romeo built various aircraft engines during the Second World War; the best known was the RA.

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Alfa Romeo built Italy's first turbine engine, installed to the Beechcraft King Air.

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Alfa Romeo Avio was part of developing team to the new T700-T6E1 engine to the NHI NH90 helicopter.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been used since Monza 2010 race as the safety car in Superbike World Championship events.

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Alfa Romeo has been shirt sponsor of Eintracht Frankfurt football club in period between 2013 and 2016.

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In mid-2008 Alfa Romeo III was launched for competitive fleet racing under the IRC rule.

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In February 2013, Alfa Romeo sponsored University of St Andrews FS fashion show which saw luxury fashion designer Luke Archer and milliner George Jenkins win with their Alfa Romeo inspired garments.

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Alfa Romeo announced Zhou Guanyu as China's first ever Formula One racing driver for the 2022 season, hailed by both the team and the sport as a historic breakthrough in a key growth market.

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