A Century of Cars: 79. Solido 1997 Alfa Romeo 156
The Alfa Romeo 156 (known internally as
the type 932) is a compact executive car introduced by Italian
automaker Alfa Romeo at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show as the
replacement for the Alfa Romeo 155. Cars were assembled at Fiat
Group factory in Pomigliano d'Arco, Italy and General Motors
facility in Rayong, Thailand (production in Thailand started March
2002 and lasted couple of years, cars were targeted for Asia Pacific
markets). Between 1997 and 2005, 680,000 156s were produced, a huge
success for the brand.
The 156 was available in saloon and estate 'Sportwagon' bodystyles with seven engine configurations and it went through two facelifts, first in 2002 and second in 2003.
The 156 saloon was discontinued late in 2005 in Europe, the four-wheel drive Q4 Crosswagon was produced to the end of 2007..