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A small car produced by Alfa Romeo from 1987 to 1998.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Alfa Romeo 164 page on 28 March 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Alfa Romeo 164 (codenamed Type 164) is a four-door executive saloon that was manufactured by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo from 1987 to 1998 and designed by Pininfarina.

The spiritual predecessors of the 164 was the Alfetta, and its Alfa 6 derivative. It was superseded by the 166 in 1998, after a total of 273,857 domestic and export 164 units.

Development

In October 1978, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Saab jointly agreed to each develop an executive saloon based on their shared Type Four platform ("Tipo 4" in Italian), to eventually compete against the likes of the Ford Granada and Opel Rekord (Vauxhall Carlton) as well as more premium saloons by BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the form of the 5-Series and E-Class, respectively.

Project 164 started life as Project 154 and was completed in 1981, then still under Alfa Romeo. A year later, that project morphed into the 164 based on the Type Four platform. This new model was designed by Enrico Fumia of Pininfarina, with a wedge shape that afforded it a leading drag coefficient of Cd=0.30. The design would later influence the rest of the Alfa Romeo range (starting in 1990 with the major redesign of the 33 and culminating with the 155, and also see Pininfarina adapt it for the 1987 Peugeot 405 and the 1989 Peugeot 605 sedans).


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1992Calspan Remote Non-Deployment Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1991 Alfa Romeo 164
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
25 May 1994Receipt of Petition for Determination That Nonconforming 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (William A. Boehly)
25 July 1994Determination That Nonconforming 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (William A. Boehly)




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