Talk:Alfa Romeo 75
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So what caused it to initially do so well, and then fall off, as the figures stated at the top of the article suggest?
Introduced 1985. After 3 years (1988), 170,000 produced. After 7 years (1992), 187,300 produced. Or a mere 17,300 in the last 5 years compared to almost 10x more in the first 3. Do we have any references as to what was going on there? I wouldn't call that "commercially quite successful" in the grand scheme of things. More a very hyped car soon being proved to be awful, and after the initial 3 year honeymoon period, the first set of once-excited buyers going elsewhere for their next purchase and the model lingering for a few years while they prepared a replacement then quietly dropped it. Compared with similarly boxy stablemates the Fiat Panda and Uno which just kept selling and selling and selling for about 15 & 10 years respectively (or the more similar strada and regata, of which i think my dad's terrible, short-term keeper Regata was about the only one I have ever, ever seen). 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:47, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Dampers and "shock absorbers"
I am unrepentant about the chnages I made. I refer to vrious articles as published in CAR magazine written by that 'doyen' of motoring journalists LJK Setright] He was most clear about the physics of automobile suspensions. In particular the so called "shock absorbers" reduce the amplitude of oscillations of the springs, - 'i.e.' they damp the motion - and hence should be called "dampers". The springs themselves absord the shock - by changes to their internal (usually metallic) structure -that goes for all sorts of springs: torsion bars, leaf springs, coil springs('i.e' volute springs snd others. Common usage and the physical realities of the matter disagree - and I was attempting to right the matter in one article, which means a lot to me: I used to drive a 2-litre 'Twin Spark' Alfa 75 and it was the best handling car I have ever driven! Hair Commodore (talk) 10:15, 14 May 2009 (UTC) I submit that given Leonard Setright's observations, my edit was correct and should therefore be reinstated!