Posts from ‘Alfa Romeo’
Nobody can accuse Alfa Romeo of not taking this seriously.
Two years ago – after a 20-year absence – the Italian automaker dipped its toe into U.S. waters again with the highly strung 4C sports car, a pseudo “exotic” 2-seater with great appeal but a limited audience.
Class: Premium Compact Car
Miles Driven: 148
Fuel Used: 10.7 gallons
The numbers are in, and 2016 was another banner year for light-vehicle sales in the U.S. All told, American consumers purchased more than 17.5 million new cars and trucks.
Perhaps because it’s the first major auto show of the season (and perhaps because it’s set, of course, in California – the tail that wags the fashion dog), the Los Angeles Auto Show often establishes trends later followed at the other major shows.
Miami moved its annual auto show from November to early September this year, making it the first show of the new-car selling season. In many cases, that gives visitors (and that includes the press during preview days) their first views of the 2017 models. Below are some of the highlights from Miami.
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is set to bring another lusty Italian machine to U.S. shores. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a premium compact rear-wheel-drive 4-door sedan that is set to debut in top-line high-performance trim with some pretty impressive specs.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider
Dates tested: 6/29/2015 – 7/9/2015
Miles Driven: 330
Fuel Used: 12.6 gallons
One of the stumbling blocks to justifying a joyriding car is the cost of licensing and insuring something you’re only going to drive occasionally. But both of those expenses can be greatly reduced by buying a “classic.”
In the eyes of many insurance companies and state licensing agencies, a car becomes a classic once it hits 25 years of age. To mark that occasion, they often give those cars extraordinary discounts; in fact, it usually costs a fraction as much to license and insure a 25-year-old car as it does a 24-year-old one.
For those who feel a sports car is at least partially defined by an open-air driving experience, Alfa-Romeo introduced the 4C Spider at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Based on the 4C coupe that went on sale last year, the Spider features a removable roof panel over the cockpit, which makes it what’s called a “targa” in some circles.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Dates tested: 10/21/2014-10/24/2014
Miles Driven: 140
Fuel Used: 4.8 gallons
Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway