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Look no further than 1A Auto for your aftermarket, original equipment (OE) replacement, new and performance Alfa Romeo auto parts and get your car the new parts it needs today, at a great discount, from car enthusiasts just like you! If you happen to be an enthusiastic Alfa Romeo owner, have a deep passion for Alfa Romeo vehicles, or just want to learn more about the automobile manufacturer, continue reading below for a detailed look at the brand's history and some of its past and present models.
Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A., commonly referred to simply as "Alfa," is an Italian automaker owned by Fiat. The company got its start in 1910 and has become well known for building high end sports cars that are beloved by enthusiasts of the brand.
The company that would become Alfa Romeo was initially founded as Società Anonima Italiana Darracq (SAID) in 1906 by the French automobile firm of Alexandre Darracq, along with some Italian investors. By late 1909, the Italian Darracq cars were selling slowly and thus the other Italian investors decided to found a new company in 1910, which they named A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili). Initially, they were still in partnership with Darracq however, later in 1910 the company produced its first non-Darracq car. The Romeo designation would come later from Italian entrepreneur Nicola Romeo, who took control of the company in 1915 not long after the onset of the First World War, and renamed it Alfa Romeo in 1920.
For the first decade of its existence, barring the final three years of WWI when automobile production was halted and the company instead focused on the production of items for the Italian and Allied war efforts, the company produced street vehicles and successful race cars. A famous driver of Alfa Romeo race cars was Enzo Ferrari, the creator and namesake of Ferrari automobiles. In 1928, Nicola Romeo left the company and it essentially went broke after its defense contracts from the war had ended. In 1932, the Italian government stepped in, funded Alfa Romeo and effectively took control of the company for the next 54 years.
Post WWII and Beyond
After WWII, Alfa Romeo continued to build compact street and race cars, enjoying modest success in the racing circuits. By the 1970s, the company was once again facing financial problems. Finmeccanica, a subholding company fully owned at the time by the Italian state, owned holding company Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale (IRI), was in control of Alfa Romeo but had struggled to make a profit for years. So, in 1986, it sold Alfa Romeo to Fiat S.p.A. Fiat then merged Alfa Romeo with Lancia, another Italian automotive brand the company owned, and formed a new group within its Fiat Auto S.p.A. subsidiary known as “Alfa Lancia S.p.A.”, which started trading in 1987.
Alfa Romeo has been known for its boastful nature and clever, risky advertisements. Having gone so far as to say Alfa Romeo enthusiasm is a type of illness, there is little doubt about the passion owners feel for these wonderful vehicles. Rare and unique, Alfa Romeo automobiles feature some of the most distinctive styling and impressive engineering available. In 2006, it was announced that Alfa Romeo would resume sales in the United States, having ceased exporting cars to the U.S. back in 1995. The first Ala Romeo vehicles in the U.S. rolled off the assembly line in 2008, however in very limited numbers. In 2007, Fiat S.p.A reorganized its automobile business and Fiat Auto S.p.A became Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. The renamed subsidiary included five companies as part of the restructuring: Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A., Lancia Automobiles S.p.A., Fiat Automobiles S.p.A., Fiat Professional (light commercial vehicles) and Abarth & C S.p.A. The Fiat Group’s other automotive companies, Ferrari S.p.A. and Maserati S.p.A, each would operate independently under ownership of Fiat S.p.A.
Another major event would shake up Fiat in 2009. In April of that year, Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy. On June 10, 2009, Chrysler LLC emerged from a Chapter 11 restructuring overseen by the U.S. government, with the majority of all of Chrysler's assets being sold to what was called "New Chrysler", which became Chrysler Group LLC in alliance with and owned in part by Fiat. The U.S. government lent support to the deal in the form of 6.6 billion US dollars in financing, which was paid out to the "Old Chrysler,” formerly Chrysler LLC, and now a company called Old Carco LLC. Initially after the bankruptcy proceedings were complete, Fiat only owned 20% of the new Chrysler Group LLC company. In 2011, Fiat’s stake in Chrysler was increased to over half when it bought the shares of Chrysler that were being held by the U.S. Treasury and Canada. Fiat continued to gradually acquire the other parties' shares and increase its ownership stake in the company over the next couple of years. In January of 2014, Fiat S.p.A. purchased the remaining 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC from the United Auto Workers, taking complete ownership, and announced that it would be reorganizing and merging into a new holding company. In July of 2014, Fiat announced how this would all take place, and that Fiat S.p.A. (which now wholly owned the Chrysler Group) would be merged into Fiat Investments N.V., a new Netherlands based company. Fiat Investments would then be renamed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and would become the new holding company of the Fiat Group, once shareholders approved which it was in August. In October, the merger was approved and Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group LLC were officially merged together to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). It was established as a Netherlands-based holding company with its global headquarters located in the United Kingdom, with two wholly owned automotive subsidiaries under its control: Fiat Group Automobiles, which houses Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat (Fiat’s own branded cars), Fiat Professional and Lancia, and Chrysler Group, which houses Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram Trucks. The names of these two groups were subsequently changed in late 2014 to FCA Italy S.p.A. (formerly Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.) and FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group LLC). This was implemented as the latest phase in the adoption of the FCA corporate identity, in order to highlight that all group companies worldwide are part of a single company. The Chrysler name will continue on as a vehicle brand under the FCA US LLC however. FCA also continued its direct ownership of other former Fiat S.p.A. companies, such as luxury car manufacturer Maserati and Mopar, a components manufacturer.
Plans to finally re-enter the U.S. market with mass-produced, mainstream Alfa Romeo vehicles have been announced a number of times in the past couple of years, but have been met with numerous delays. However, FCA maintains that it will happen soon enough. Until then, legions of Alfa Romeo fans continue to wait impatiently for the long-awaited return of Alfa Romeo to the United States market, and the arrival of more Alfa Romeo models on these shores.