Alfa Romeo Arese Plant

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Alfa Romeo - Centro Tecnico
Alfa Romeo facility

The Alfa Romeo Arese Plant was a plant area where Alfa Romeo had its head office for more than two decades prior to 1986 was known to be. After Fiat Group purchased Alfa Romeo in 1986, Arese became one of the assembly plants of Fiat Group. The factory is in the Province of Milan in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) northwest of Milan. The Arese plant replaced the old Alfa Romeo Portello factory and its construction was started in 1960[1] and took three years and until the end of the 1990s it was the biggest plant of Alfa Romeo covering a very wide area, partly in the territories of Lainate and Garbagnate Milanese. The factory became known as the Arese plant only because the main entrance is in the municipality of Arese.

Today the factory is almost totally closed and abandoned, since the Alfa Romeo owners (Fiat S.p.A.) have almost completely moved design and production to other factories inside and outside Italy. The company's final manufacturing activities at Arese ended in 2005 when the Alfa Romeo V6 engine production stopped in Arese.[2]

The few remaining employees (about 500) have often demonstrated against their dismissal. At the moment, most of the factory buildings are abandoned and the local administrations are looking for projects to use the huge area in a proper way, given its location. Arese and the factory are in fact very close to the newest services of Milan town, such as the high speed railway and the new exhibition centre FieraMilano. Several Italian highways pass very close to Arese as well: the A8, the A9, the A4, and the west Milan bypass highway which links to A1 and A7. The Alfa Romeo Centro Stile (design department) created in 1990 was one of the last company activities in Arese, but was moved in summer 2009 to Turin also,[3] the last designs made in Arese are MiTo and Giulietta.[4]

The Historical Museum[edit]

Main article: Alfa Romeo Museum

One of the few activities which are still located in the Alfa Romeo buildings is the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, which is hosted in a dedicated building of great architectural value. However, since February 2011, the museum has been "closed for renovations" and has yet to reopen (September 2011).[citation needed]

List of cars manufactured[edit]

Image Brand Model Production start production stop Note
1969-Alfa-Romeo-GT-Veloce-Red-Front-Angle-st.jpg Alfa Romeo Giulia GT 1963 1976
Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 TI vr.jpg Alfa Romeo Giulia 1965 1977
Alfa Romeo 1750.jpg Alfa Romeo 1750 1968 1971
MHV Alfa-Romeo 2000 01.jpg Alfa Romeo 2000 1971 1977
Alfa Romeo Alfetta Genf.jpg Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1972 1984
1976-Alfa-Romeo-Alfetta-GTV-red-fa-lr.jpg Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT 1974 1987
Alfa-Romeo Giulietta-1,8 Front-view.JPG Alfa Romeo Nuova Giulietta 1977 1985
Alfa Six.JPG Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 1979 1986
Alfa Romeo 90.jpg Alfa Romeo 90 1984 1987
AlfaRomeo 75 front.jpg Alfa Romeo 75 1985 1993
Alfa 164 fronte.jpg Alfa Romeo 164 1987 1997
Lancia Y10 vl white.jpg Autobianchi Y10 1992 1995
Alfa Romeo GTV coupè 916.jpg Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider 1993 2000 in 2000 the production was moved at the Pininfarina plant in San Giorgio Canavese (Turin)
Fiat Seicento S.jpg Fiat 600 Elettrica (VAMIA) 1998 2000 fitting an electric motor and batteries of cars coming from the Fiat plant in Tychy (Poland)
Fiat Multipla front 20080825.jpg Fiat Multipla Metano (VAMIA) 2000 2002 Install gas systems on vehicles coming from the Fiat plant in Mirafiori (Turin)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "25.02.2005 The news this week that Alfa Romeo are to cease engine production at the famous Arese factory in Milan". italiaspeed.com/2005. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ "News 25.02.2005". italiaspeed.com. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  3. ^ "ARESE, ADDIO". quattroruote.it. Retrieved 2009-11-11. (Italian)
  4. ^ "Alfa Romeo to close Milan style centre and lay off workers". eurocarblog.com. Retrieved 2009-11-06.