Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A, an Italian manufacturer of automobiles, developed in 1997 a new compact executive car which came to be called the Alfa Romeo 156. This was designed by the Italian automobile designer of the Volkswagen Group Design, Walter de Silva, at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, and by Giorgetto Giugiaro by the year 2003. The 156 was created as a four door saloon and a five door estate “Sportwagon” car with a front engine, front wheel drive or front engine, four wheel drive layout.
The 156 (Type 932) as displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997 and assembled in Pimigliano d’Arco, Italy at the Fiat Group factory, and in Rayong, Thailand at the General Motors facility. This compact executive car was created as a replacement for the Alfa Romeo 155, which was of the same class. The car received a facelift in 2002 for its interior, and another facelift in late 2003, which was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
This car is available in several transmissions including a five speed manual, six speed manual, five speed semi auto, six speed semi auto, and four speed automatic. The Sportwagon advertisement was done by Catherine Zeta Jones, and after an eight year period, this car model has successfully produced 680,000 units. Variants of the car include the 156 GTA and the Sportwagon GTA in 2001 and the Q4 or the Quadrifoglio 4 in 2004.