Ran When Parked
I read this on the blogspot and I am transferring it here for everyone to think about regarding General Motors
. GM has actually been moving up in reliability, and some of it's new offerings show turnaround with better reliability and shall I say pizzazz? But for those of us old enough to know and remember, when Milano was dropped from the Alfa badge, things changed. I remembering getting into an Alfetta and feeling that vague transmission shifting and thinking "not like my spider."
March 24, 2009
Great Automotive Failures: Alfa Romeo Alfasud.
If you drove an Alfa Romeo in the 1960s, it was a beautifully-designed and technologically-advanced masterpiece of a car that would turn heads whereever you went, even in Italy.
This all changed when the Italian government (who owned Alfa Romeo at the time) decided to open up a factory at Pomigliano d'Arco outside of Naples. The social motivation for that is that while the north of Italy was industrialized, the south was still largely agricultural and accordingly poor. The idea was that by installing a major car factory there would improve the situation and help the south industrialize. Alfa also needed this model to compete with the economy car segment that was dominated by Fiat but growing in size. Put two and two together and you got the Alfasud, a car that was supposed to be economical and help the south industrialize, both in the sense that it would create factory jobs on location and in the sense that unlike a Montreal, families with lower incomes could in theory afford one.
So, imagine you are an Alfa nut at the Turin International Auto Show in 1971 and you see the new Alfasud. First off it looks more like an MG 1100 than, say, a GTV. But you can get past that, it's an economy car after all, not a touring car. And with that mindset, you'll pardon the car for not having a brake booster or a tachometer (the booster was later added.) You pop the hood instead of finding the venerable Alfa four cylinder twin cam, you see a boxer engine - weird but who knows, it could be interesting, you're willing to give it a shot. Closer inspection of the engine bay reveals that it's front wheel drive. So be it, it probably handles qui-- wait, front wheel drive? In an Alfa? Blasphemy!
Actually, Alfa had been experimenting with front wheel drive since the early 1960s but hadn't implemented it into production for various reasons. Nevertheless, a front wheel drive Alfa was met with huge skepticism by a crowd of racing fans who had grown up watching GTAs tear up tracks all over Europe and the U.S. And while the water-cooled 1200cc boxer engine wasn't an orthodox engine choice and was far from fast, it was appreciated for its high-revving nature.
Well folks, the government knows better with GM and Obama will show them all! Fire the CEO, that will show them.
General Motors, you will go the way of Alfa. Liberal Left, you may be well meaning, but you don't see the long term consequences (and unintended) of your (hopefully) well meaning actions. (Far right, you're just as bad)
Now look at that spider (wolf in sheeps clothing) that was just sold on the Alfaholics website (1600 sleeper with a V6) and follow the tale (tail, you won't catch it with your 4 cylinder) of the Leopard on the Alfabb, now that is what Alfa should'a, could'a have built!!
BTW, hybrids ???; give me a European diesel econobox or a BMW twin turbo anyday. Economy, low price, simplicity and if you want it, expensive, diesel twin turbo performance. I'd buy a Bimmer in a heart beat, except for that 55,000 to 65,000 little problem. BTW, think about who wrote the (again, supposedly well meaning) regs that have kept the world's new cars from easily entering other countries since the sixties. We had a lot of choices in the 60's until new "safety, economy" rules starting popping up. But other countries do it too.