Seems like a million years ago now, but there was a time when minivans were the hottest market segment, with every automaker worth its salt competing for a piece of the pie.
Fiat’s entry into this category, the 1998 Multipla, can be considered the best minivan ever designed.
one of the few cars to have been holistically designed around its intended function
The classic two-seater roadster currently looks like a dying breed, saleswise. But I think this vehicle format may get an unlikely savior…
Sales of open two-seaters in Europe and the USA, their traditional markets, have never recovered from the Great Recession’s devastating blow: even sales of perennial favorites like Mazda’s MX5 are still well below 2007 levels.
BMW Z4 sales between 2016 and 2018 looked like a rounding error on the company’s charts. Munich execs are on the record saying the newly-launched “G29” model will be the last.
Their argument is a subjective one: they fear the “commoditization” of the…
While Maserati designed and built the V6 engine for the Citroen SM, the French company brought Maserati into the modern era, allowing chief engineer Giulio Alfieri to create the more sophisticated and thoroughly developed cars Maserati just couldn’t have made on its own.
It’s impossible to talk about the Merak, named about a star in the Plough constellation, without mentioning its bigger sister, the Bora. The two cars were designed alongside one another, and the cheaper, simpler Merak shared the suspensions, steering, and much of its body structure with the Bora. Both cars looked stunning and were penned by the…
Its story began in 1965 at the Turin Motor Show. Like the Fulvia Berlina it was based on, the Coupé had been designed by Piero Castagnero, yet the two couldn’t look more different from one another.
While the four-door saloon was modern but somewhat stodgy and unexciting, the Coupé’s shape was so successful it outlived the saloon by several years and went on to become an all-time classic. Castagnero said he took inspiration from the contemporary Riva motorboats for the Coupé’s shape, and it certainly possesses the same grace and timeless elegance.
Cars just aren’t allowed to look this good anymore, as none of these Alfa’s delightful curves were traced with safety and aerodynamics in mind. The Giulia GT was introduced in 1963 and was an instant hit for the Milanese firm, which had just inaugurated its new Arese production facility on the outskirts of Milan.
the Giulia GT wasn’t for everyone, and that’s why the GT Junior came into play
The new model was based on the newly-launched Giulia saloon but with a 16 cm shorter wheelbase. Its lines were penned by a talented twenty-something by the name of Giorgetto Giugiaro…
…Still, its existence led to two successful racing programs for Lancia. Funny, given the Montecarlo wasn’t supposed to be a Lancia at all.
The Lancia Montecarlo story started in 1969 when famed design house Pininfarina began working on the Fiat project X1/8. The market for traditional rag-tops like the 124 Spider showed signs of decline, and the X1/8 was to take its place in Europe and the United States. The first prototypes hit the road between 1970 and ’71, after which the project was temporarily suspended.
Work resumed in 1972 under a new codename, X1/20, still as a future Fiat…
I fell in love with the XM since I saw it on magazine covers in 1989, and my admiration for what Citroën achieved with this model has only grown since then.
It was late 1984 when PSA’s management tasked three design studios to submit their proposals for Citroën’s new flagship saloon. But it’s fair to say that the project, codenamed “V80,” was late before it began. …
There was a time in which the French brand sold what’s perhaps the most effortlessly glamorous automobile ever made, the DS Décapotable.
Except it actually wasn’t Citroën’s idea.
Henry Chapron’s atelier was, by the time the revolutionary DS was launched, the last surviving of the great pre-war French coachbuilding firms.
Like pretty much everyone else who saw the DS’s launch at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, Chapron was deeply impressed by the new Citroën’s otherwordly appearance.
Unlike everyone else, though, he thought he could improve on it by making it into a convertible, and he presented it at the 1958…
In September of 1967, The Italian government green-lighted Alfa Romeo’s project for its new compact family car, to be built in a brand-new factory near Naples, whose construction started on the 29th of April 1968.
Every nut and bolt in the Alfasud was new, designed under Austrian engineer Rudolf Hruska’s direction. The flat-four engine configuration was chosen to lower the center of gravity and the car’s bonnet line, thus improving handling and aerodynamic performance.
This story starts in the late 1960s, a time of success and confidence for Alfa Romeo. With the Alfetta and Alfa 6 on the drawing board, a brand new engine was needed, especially for the larger saloon. The engineers wanted a compact, lightweight unit, leading to an aluminum 60° V6 engine, with a more modern and efficient cylinder head design than the firm’s existing twin-cam fours.
On the new V6, the two valves per cylinder had a much tighter angle between them to reduce thermal losses and have straighter inlet tracts. …