The special story of the Alfa Romeo Arna – Background

At the end of the seventies, the ailing Alfa Romeo finds a cooperation partner in Nissan, which is eagerly looking for a permanent home in Europe. The alliance leads to the Arna, in short a Nissan coach with Alfa technology.

The history of Alfa Romeo is one of peaks and, above all, valleys. The 1970s were mainly the latter. Alfa Romeo in those days is a state-owned company and the plaything of politics. As a result, a new factory is being built in the south of Italy, which is plagued by high unemployment, in Pomigliano d’Arco, near Naples. In this factory, Alfa Sud, the first car, the Alfasud, was produced in 1971. This Alfasud is a technical turning point for the company: a boxer engine and front-wheel drive. However, Alfa Sud’s productivity is low and the consequent losses are high, so much so that the management in the north is already considering the …

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