Alfa Romeo 147 is a small family car created by Alfa Romeo as a successor of the Alfa Romeo 145 and 146 which are also small family cars. Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. is an Italian company in the automotive industry and has been involved in the world of car racing since the year 1911.
The 147 (Type 937) was created as a three door hatchback and a five door hatchback with a front engine, front wheel drive layout. This compact luxury car was produced in the years 2000 until 2010, and it is designed by Walter de Silva, an Italian automobile designer who is head of the Volkswagen Group Design and by Wolfgang Egger at the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo.
This car is assembled at the Pomigliano d’Arco in Italy and is available in several transmissions including a five speed manual, six speed manual, five speed semi auto, and six speed semi auto. By 2004, the Alfa Romeo 147 underwent a facelift for its exterior and interior. Other versions of the car include the Ducati Corse, which is a limited edition model of 147 displayed at the Bologna Motor Show in 2007, and high performance versions such as the 147 GTA in 2002.
This small family car of Alfa Romeo has received as much as 27 recognitions including the European Car of the Year award in 2001, Auto Europa 1 in 2001, and The Golden Steering Wheel in 2000. It competed in various motorsports such as the World Touring Car Championship and the British Touring Car Championship. It was replaced by the Alfa Romeo Guilietta in 2010.