Alfa-Romeo cars

When Alfa Romeo was first founded in 1910 by the name A.L.F.A., they hired a chief engineer whose job was to design vehicles that were more suitable for the Italian market. This man was Giuseppe Merosi and his ideas gave them the A.L.F.A 24 HP and the A.L.F.A 40/60 HP which paved the way for Alfa’s entry into the racing scene. Now the man responsible for the Vittorio Jano Sport Wagon Concept , Marco Procaccini, is paying tribute to the Italian designer with the Giuseppe Merosi Design Study.

This 3-door coupe measures 4,300mm in length, 1,810mm in width, and 1,320mm in height, providing enough room for four occupants. It is distinguished by extremely aggressive lines, a pronounced Alfa Romeo grille, a V-shaped engine bonnet, LED headlamps, and an impressive set of wheels. However, one of the most interesting specifications for the concept is the addition of rear wheel drive, a concept long forgotten by Alfa Romeo after their ES30 (Experimental Sportscar 300).

Chances are we will not be seeing this design study anywhere near an open road, but, somewhere, Giuseppe Merosi is smiling at Procaccini’s tribute vehicle.

Source: MPcardesign

Alfa Romeo is gearing up for the release of its latest baby, the Giulia . It’s a long time coming considering rumors on the car have been around for quite some time now. But in the classic case of ‘better late than never’, the new Giulia, which is expected to hit the production line at the tail end of 2012, is now further along in its development. This poses as great news for fans of the Italian marquee while on the flip side, the sports sedan’s forthcoming release should be a cause for concern from some of its German rivals, particularly BMW and Audi .

For a brand that has seen its recent struggles, Fiat is hoping that Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia sports sedan will be the car that will help the Italian brand recover its place in the auto industry. It’s a tall order for a sports sedan given the stiff competition it’s going to face in the market once it’s released, but nevertheless, Alfa Romeo is confident that they have found the car that will lead them back to prominence in the 2012 Giulia.

UPDATE 04/13/2011: It seems Fiat-Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is unhappy with the design for the new Giulia so Alfa Romeo may have to wait until 2013 to make its return to the U.S. We’ve waited this long, what’s a few more months?

Details on the Alfa Romeo Giulia after the jump.

Source: Auto Express

After Alfa Romeo dropped the 166 in 2007, there were rumors suggesting that there would be a successor for the model. And after a few years, those rumors seem to be back again. Apparently the company is preparing a new model, called the 169, which will be built on the the LX platform that currently underpins the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger .

The future 169 will not be a classic sedan as was the 166. Instead, Alfa Romeo will adopt a four-door coupe body. The exterior design will be a mix of the Mito , Giulietta , and the 8C .

The new 169 will make its world debut at a major show in 2011 - most likely Geneva - and sales will begin in early 2012.

Hit the jump to read more about the future Alfa Romeo 166.

Source: AMS

Typically, new cars are revealed at huge auto shows to really make the most out of the presentation of the future car. Every once in a while, leaked documents get in the hands of the right people and the new vehicles are discovered in a more deceitful fashion. This time, however, a certain automaker is making the most out of the Christmas season by hinting at a fourth model in their lineup.

The current Zagato line-up includes the TZ1, TZ2, and the recently launched TZ3 models, but a Christmas card revealed by Zagato unveils a fourth model, the TZ4. Obviously there aren’t any official details on the model as of right now, but the first image is enough to reveal one of the most aggressive models in Zagato’s line-up.

The exterior design features a bold front spoiler, large and typical Alfa Romeo rims, and air intakes on the side. All of these features plus the black details below the headlights help make the TZ4 look like a warrior with camouflage stripes on his face.

Since we don’t have any official information on the TZ4, we’re going to have to guess that the future model will pack more power than the 420hp 4.2-liter V8 engine found in the TZ3. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until next year to see just what that engine will be.

Source: Autoedizione

We don’t usually see auto brands like Alfa Romeo get dressed in green tires, so when somebody decides to do it – props to Marangoni – we jump on the opportunity to know more about it.

Based on the Alfa Romeo 1750 Quadrifoglio Verde that has had its fair share of modifications, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta G430 iMove Marangoni is a testament to an aggressive sports hatch being given randy dandy aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades. Heck, these guys were nice enough to even include a Segway i2 a dashboard-integrated iPad and its own Internet connection.

Marangoni’s M-Power tires were used on the car and the green color wrapped around them came as a result of using compounds with high silica content and other innovative materials. Aside from being an aesthetic quirk, this colorful addition actually serves a meaningful purpose by minimizing rolling resistance and, consequently, saving up on fuel consumption.

Details after the jump.

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According to some of the latest reports, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be the base for the new Dodge Caliber , just without the Italian flare and style. The new Caliber is set to arrive in late 2011 as the 2012 model.

This is all according to USA Today who credits Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, as saying that the Giulietta will serve as a Dodge. As rumors go, this one is quite good, as the company’s five year plan shows the Caliber being discontinued in 2011, and Chrysler will need to fill that hole.

A new successful small car is hugely important for Chrysler, as they will have nothing to compete against theFord Fiesta and Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze and the new Aveo . A vehicle based on the gorgeous Giuliette might be what the company needs.

Recently, Fiat has expressed interest in expanding their stake in Chrysler beyond 20 percent and the only way that happens is if they have big success in the U.S and the Giulietta might be just what the doctor ordered.

Source: USA Today

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has made it clear that despite Volkswagen’s interest in purchasing the beleaguered Alfa Romeo , Fiat has no plans of selling the Italian brand.

Reports are saying that Marchionne has every intention of holding on to Alfa Romeo despite the brand losing $416 million a year, an estimate made by Max Warburton, a Sanford C. Bernstein analyst in London.

Fiat has already invested 2 billion on the brand and Marchionne still has plans of reviving Alfa Romeo. One of the moves he has made in doing so is bringing the car back to the US beginning in 2012 with the Giulia sedan and another SUV that the company is building in collaboration with Chrysler .

Yet despite the moves that are being made, it’s still a far-fetched assumption to think that the brand can sell 300,000 units a year by 2013 – Marchionne’s benchmark – especially when you consider that in the first nine months of this year, Alfa Romeo has sputtered to meet 80,000 units.

Continued after the jump.

Source: Bloomberg

It’s time for another round of “what car was this before it burned down to the ground”?

The good news is that it’s not a Ferrari , Lamborghini , or Porsche . We’ve had way too many of those. The bad news is that it’s still a pretty awesome car. This heap of metal, ladies and gentlemen, was once an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione .

Apparently, the car burned down as a result of a short-circuit involving its battery that, as you can plainly see, led to the car getting barbecued beyond recognition. There were only 500 of these models ever made and from our understanding, this is the first of its kind to meet its maker, and it did so in a rather unfortunate ball of smoldering flames.

We long for a world where cars – exotic or not – are spared from these kinds of ordeals. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, and we’re going to have to live through seeing more of these in the future.

Let’s just hope that in the future, it comes in small and infrequent doses.

Source: Autoblog.NlL

A lot of us may not be familiar with Federico B. Alliney, but those in the entertainment industry certainly know who he is. You see, when director James Cameron was looking for somebody to create the world of Avatar, he turned to Alliney to create it for him. So really, if you’ve seen the movie, you should know that Alliney has his imprints all over it.

That being said, one manufacturer has likewise turned to the artist for some help, only this time, it’s not to create a world of over-sized blue creatures, but for a collection of artworks featuring some of its most iconic models.

Alfa Romeo , together with Federico B. Alliney, have created the “Cross and the Snake” collection, seven pieces of art that highlight some of the most beautiful Alfas in history, including the Carabo concept, the Disco Volante, and the BAT 9. Each car appears with a unique location set against a number of backdrops, including a Texaco gas station, an abandoned greenhouse, a race track, an Avatar-esque jungle, and, of course, the Bat Cave.

Each of the artworks will be limited to 30 reproductions so if you find any of these worth buying, you better act fast before all of the pieces are scooped up.

Press Release after the jump.

Source: Alfa Romeo

Marco Procaccini is no stranger to designing Alfa Romeo concepts, having done so with a number of Alfa concepts in the past. Now, the designer has a new study in the works called the Alfa Romeo Vittorio Jano Sports Wagon.

To be fair, the concept doesn’t completely blow our minds although it’s not to say that we don’t like it because we do, just not in a breathtaking kind of way.

Among the notable design elements Procaccini used on the Vittorio Jano Sports Wagon is a more aggressive front end that comes with LED running lights on the front bumper. We’re suckers for LED running lights so any car – concept or otherwise – that has these always gets a thumbs up from us. We also liked how Procaccini retained the inverted triangle front grille that Alfa Romeo has come to be known for. There’s something to be said about a concept design that still retains part of the brand’s roots, and Procaccini was aware enough to include that in his concept.

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