Italian Car Brands
Italian Car Brands: An Industry Owned by Fiat Chrysler
Italian car brands are some of the world’s most famous. From Fiat to Lamborghini, over 250,000 people in Italy can be seen working in the automotive industry. The industry was in full force by 1889 when Fiat purchased plans from the Welleyes Company along with the company’s patents and plan.
The first Italian made automobile would be the Fiat 4HP that was able to reach 35 km/h. After World War II, many car manufacturers in Italy went out of business or were purchased by the FIAT brand.
The most famous Italian car brands of today are:
The 7th largest manufacturer in the world, Fiat first gained recognition in 1889 with the first Italian made automobile and has since merged with Chrysler. The company now offers a myriad of automobiles under its brand, including:
- Panda / Panda 4 x 4 / Pana Cross
- 500 / 500 C / 500L Trekking / 500L Living / 500X City Look / 500X Off-road Look
- Nuovo Punto / Nuovo Dobolo
Small and compact, many of these vehicles are favored for their exceptional gas mileage and sleek look.
Headquartered in Turin, Italy, Alfa Romeo produces 100,000 vehicles per year and was first founded in 1906 in Milan. The company was purchased by Fiat group, but it acts as a subsidiary of the company.
Now, the company is known for its sports vehicles and exceptional quality. The company’s models include:
- 4C Coupe
- 4C Coupe Launch Edition
- Quadrifoglio Verde
Alfa Romeo caters to higher-end clients.
Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. A prestigious maker, Ferrari makes supercars and often produces less than 8,000 units per year. Known for speed, Ferrari is one of the top luxury car makers in the world. Ferrari is another company that is currently 90% owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Ferrari’s current models in production are:
- Ferrari California T
- 458 Speciale
- 458 Italia
- 458 Spider
Ferrari also produces special projects that are commissioned by collectors and may or may not be produced for public use. Two of the latest commissioned products that have been made available to the public are:
- Ferrari F12 TRS
- Ferrari SP America
It’s impossible to mention Ferrari and not mention one of their most fierce competitors: Lamborghini. Owned by the Audi AG Company, Lamborghini was founded in 1963 and is known to produce just over 2,000 vehicles per year as of 2013.
The following models are currently produced:
- Huracan LP 610-4
- Huracan 620-2 Super Trofeo
- Aventador LP 700-4
- Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster
Special editions and concept vehicles are also produced, including:
- Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse
- Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario
- Veneno Roadster
- Asterion LPI 910-4
An Italian luxury car manufacturer, Maserati was founded in 1914 in Bologna. Owned by Fiat, the company has seen a quick rise in production in the last year with May 2014 seeing over 3,000 vehicles produced. The company made 15,700 total vehicles in 2013.
The Maserati brand currently produces the following models:
- Ghibli S
- Ghibli Diesel
- Ghibli S Q4
- Quattorporte S
- Quattorporte Diesel
- Quattorporte S Q4
- Quattorporte GTS
- GranTurismo MC Stradale
- GranTurismo Sport
- GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition
- GranCabrio Sport
- GranCabrio MC Centennial Edition
- GranCabrio MC
Maserati also released a concept car called the Maserati Alfieri, which is slated for a 2016 production.
The final Italian brand on our list. Lancia was founded in 1906 and purchased by Fiat in 1969. A luxury brand that produced 98,000 vehicles in 2012, Lancia recently announced that it would crease to produce and sell vehicles outside of Italy.
Lancia produces the following models: