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Just a thought . . .

This came out during a discussion with some friends.
Think of a European Car manufacturer with a long history, one that started out by making some magnificent models. . .
A car manufacturer that fell on hard times, design faults, unreliability, some fairly inept road cars. . .
A manufacturer who nevertheless pursued a world-beating motorsport program. . .
One who became a bit of a joke, but still had a following of enthusiasts who kept the faith . . .
One who is now coming back to their glory days, largely as a result of teaming up with one of the huge multi-badge groups but taking their own design direction . . .
And ask yourselves, am I talking about Alfa Romeo, or Skoda?
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I say Skoda!

Fairly similar story, except for coming back to it's glory days, which is the case for Skoda, but not really for Alfa...

Sure the 156 and 147 are the biggest sellers they've had for ages... but sales are dropping and Fiat is struggling.... it doesn't look all that well for Alfa unfortunately frown
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I agree it would have to be Skoda.
Alfa Romeo needs to disassociate itself from FIAT ASAP.
Also needs a total revamp of its almost non existant Quality control proceedures.
When a friend who works as a design engineer for a local car manufacturer looked over my car there were many areas that he was surprised that Alfa could get away with.
1) Plugs in bumpers where tow hook is inserted.
These show depressions due to poor design of inhection moulding tool.
2) Paint quality and variation in colour.
3) Numerous holes on back bumper where different numberplate sizes can be accomodated

to name just a few.

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I say Skoda too.
Biggest difference is that they are just selling essentially rebadged VW's. With the exception of the Arna, Alfas have always had Alfa character, no matter how many Fiat/Lancia bits they've got in them.
There is no Skoda character left in Skodas. But they do still have heated rear windows so your hands stay warm when you push them in the winter.
(No offence wink )
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