The history of Italian cars is among the most prestigious in the world. This is due to the presence of major manufacturers, which have distinguished themselves in all segments, from cars to sedans, from coupes to spiders.
The beginning of cinematography and the rise of mechanic industry were two phenomena, almost the same age, that have determined the customs and way of life of the last century, designing the model of industrial society in which we currently live.
The automobile industry introduces the modern assembly line that ensures mass production. The index of car production is that of the economic development of a country with an advanced industrial phase. The ancestor of the modern car is a steam engine with the same type of system as the first locomotives, built at the end of the nineteenth century, but not very practical and widespread.
Only with the invention of the petrol engine and the use of fuel with the discovery of oil, a model of the car similar to the current ones is realized. At the beginning of the twentieth century, however, it remains an exclusively aristocratic, almost feudal fact.
We had to wait for the introduction of chain work to fit into the daily life of the average citizen. Fiat is known internationally, the first Italian automaker in terms of sales, Ferrari, the renowned company famous for creating sports cars, and Alfa Romeo, which has always stood out for its beautiful shapes and gritty character. Let's see them a little bit closer to learn something more about the history of Italian cars and why they are an iconic landmark recognized worldwide.
Founded at the end of the nineteenth century by Giovanni Agnelli, Fiat (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) stands out as the leading Italian manufacturer of motor vehicles. Today the manufacturer belongs to the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) brand, in which other well-known Italian car brands have converged, such as Alfa Romeo and Lancia. Fiat can boost the production of dozens of cars that have entered fully into the legend, such as the 500, the 600, the Mickey, the 128, the Panda, the One and the Point. The Turin-based company has focused its activity on the commercialization of vehicles designed for the city and for families, enjoying a strong success also abroad, particularly in South America. Currently, Fiat, which has experienced several moments of crisis, has raised its fate with the release of some models that have received excellent sales and critical results, primarily the 500, revisited version of one of the best-known cars of its own production. The feedback has been so positive that the company has decided to give life to two other models derived from the small car, the 500L, a version dedicated to families, and the 500X, versatile and eye-catching crossover. Fiat has recently updated its price list with the release of the new Tipo, a fascinating sedan, and continues to be on the market with the various Punto series.
The Alfa was founded in Milan in 1910 by Pierre Alexandre Darracq and Nicola Romeo, who, a few years later, became the sole owner of the company and will join the original name Alfa with his surname. There are numerous models that have made the history of the brand: impossible to know the Giulietta, which between the fifties and the sixties was appreciated for its innovative character, or the Giulia, luxurious sedan among the most loved of the Casa del Biscione. Both cars have been successfully re-launched in the last few years. To mention the legendary Alfa Spider series, also known as Duetto, a sports car that has been marketed for almost thirty years in four different editions. Alfa Romeo is now back to producing a model with a sporty character, a worthy successor to the Duetto: the 4C, which stands out for its futuristic shapes, for its "racing" interiors and for its true performance custom-built: in fact it is among the best-selling cars among those who love sports cars, given its price more affordable than the others in the same category.
Among the prominent Italian brands, a prominent place is occupied by Lancia, which as Fiat and Alfa Romeo is now part of the FCA Italy company. Founded in Turin in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia, the car company concentrated its activity on the production of luxury and high-end cars. Some famous models are engraved in the memory of the Italians, like the Appia, queen in the Fifties, like the Flaminia and like the Flavia, which made their dominant characters comfortable and beautiful. At the end of the seventies the Lancia Delta came out, which made itself known in the racing sector, and a few years later the Thema was introduced, a luxury sedan able to rival the German giants such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Nowadays Lancia bases its production on the Ypsilon, a utilitarian that distinguishes itself by virtue of its class, rarely seen in cars of its own category.
Italian cars brands of the luxury sector
There are various Italian car brands that populate the market of custom-built cars. Ferrari occupies the first place overall, a real dream of every car enthusiast. Founded in Maranello in the second part of the forties, Ferrari is the most titled home in the Formula 1 scene, of which it is the most loved team. Deciding which Ferrari is the best is a difficult task: certainly in the top ten cannot miss the F40, the Testarossa, the F50 and the F360 Berlinetta. Among the latest releases has amazed everyone LaFerrari, which unleashes performance by competition and revolutionary forms, which probably make it the most extreme among the jewels produced by the Prancing Horse.
Another of the Italian automakers involved in the super sports sector is Lamborghini, now part of the Volkswagen group, but found in the Sixties in Sant'Agata Bolognese, where it is still located today. The founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, a Ferrari lover and entrepreneur in the agricultural vehicles sector, decided to start a production of Italian sports cars after a fight with Enzo Ferrari and soon the 350 GT was born, which opened the way to other models that collected considerable sales volumes, such as the 400 GT and the Miura, Lamborghini's flagship car. In recent decades the Emilian automaker has depopulated thanks to the development of cars with a high level of sports, made even more special by opening the doors vertically. Among these models, there are the Diablo, the Murcielago, and the Huracán, which are united by hexagonal shapes and amazing performances.
And finally, Maserati, which has been producing luxury Italian automobiles since 1914. The most appreciated in the history of the Trident brand were the A6 CGS Berlinetta, elected as the car of the century Maserati, Ghibli, Mistral, and Quattroporte. The Emilia-based company is still the protagonist of the market with the new Ghibli and Quattroporte series, with the Levante, the GranTurismo and the GranCabrio, cars able to satisfy both the needs of those who love sports driving and those of those who they demand maximum comfort.
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