With a history as rich as Alfa's, the brand has a wealth of symbology to draw on. Of course the Alfa Romeo logo itself has its own clout and allure, as do nameplates like Giulietta, Giulia and Spider. But another symbol from the marque's 104-year history is the Quadrifoglio Verde.
There's strength in numbers, particularly for a producer of high-end exotic automobiles. For a brand like Maserati, being linked to the Fiat Group not only means that it can offset its carbon emissions across a broader range of cars – something like the two-cylinder Fiat 500 TwinAir balancing out the GranTurismo MC Stradale – but also gives the company's dealer network a ready fleet of more affordable loaner cars at their disposal.
Connoisseurs of historic Alfa Romeos – which seem to be coming out of the woodwork now that the firm is celebrating its 100th anniversary – will recall that the original Giulietta came in a number of variants. A hatchback like the reincarnated model wasn't one of them, however.
We got the email invite and it piqued our curiosity. Open house, good food, classic cars, live music...free...how could we say no to that? Like so many nondescript buildings around Southern California, the beige warehouse could have housed anything from a furniture restor shop to a surfboard shaper. There are literally thousands of these metal structures lining the streets in the industrial centers of virtually every city in the Southland. Heck, anywhere in America for that matter. This particul