History of Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has more than a century of experience engineering and manufacturing exciting luxury sports vehicles. The Italian premium vehicle maker offers an impressive lineup of sedans and SUVs today that are as thrilling to drive as beautiful to view. 

The brand’s attention to incredible interior comfort and luxury features is another essential part of the Alfa Romeo experience. The Irvine Alfa Romeo team invites you to enjoy a brief overview of how our vehicles’ history and legacy brought them to where they are today.

History of Alfa Romeo

An anonymous group of investors founded the company we know today as Alfa Romeo on June 24, 1910, in Milan, Italy as “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili.” You may have noticed that “Alfa” is actually an acronym of the founding name which importantly uses the word “anonima” which translates to “anonymous” as an homage to the group who started the company.

The brand’s first vehicle, the ALFA 24, released in 1910 had an impressive, for the time, 24 horsepower. By comparison, the ALFA 24 offered 20 percent more horsepower than its contemporary, the Ford Model T, which featured a 20 horsepower engine. Alfa continued to innovate with performance, breaking the 500 horsepower barrier in the modern vehicle lineup.

The Alfa company changed hands a few times, moving to a state holding company in 1932 and then joining the Italian Fiat group in 1986. 

Alfa Romeo became Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. during Fiat’s 2007 reorganization. The company ownership changed to Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, FCA, following the name change from Fiat purchasing Chrysler. Ownership changed again in 2021 when FCA and Peugeot Société Anonyme, the PSA Group, merged and changed their name to Stellantis.

Who Makes Alfa Romeo Cars?

So you might be wondering who owns Alfa Romeo? As of January 2021, Stellantis took over ownership of Alfa Romeo via a history of mergers, acquisitions, and reorganization. The multi-national Stellanis consists of Italian, French, and American vehicles, with its headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Where is Alfa Romeo Made?

While Alfa Romeo is currently part of a multinational company, it is still very much an Italian-made vehicle. Alfa Romeo’s manufacturing plants are located in the Italian cities, Modena and Cassino. If you buy an Alfa Romeo, it is assembled in Italy and delivered to your local dealership. The Modena Plant makes the 4C models while the Cassino Plant makes the Giulietta, Giulia, and Stelvio models.

The Alfa Romeo Difference

If you are looking for a luxury sports sedan or SUV without compromises, you owe it to yourself to check out the new and used vehicle lineup at Irvine Alfa Romeo. Browse our lineup of new vehicles and used inventory to find Alfa Romeo cars for sale at our dealership.