07 September 2016

Italian Car Production (Brand) : 1971-80

The Alfasud looked great and handled well but had durability issues

This started out as a good decade for Fiat. By 1973, over 1.8 million cars were made in Italy. Then it fell to under 1.45 million by 1980. That wasn't due to Alfa Romeo or Lancia, both of whom over doubled production. Fiat was the problem as far as numbers were concerned.

One reason was the opening of a plant in Poland to make the 126 model that took volume away. Also models such as the 131 and 132 didn't match their predecessors (124 and 125) in popularity. The Ritmo (Strada in some places) wasn't quite the match for the 128 either. It all added up to a fall in numbers.

Yr Fiat Alfa Auto - Inno- Lancia Ferr- Mas- Lam- Other Total
Romeo bianchi centi ari erati borg

71 1,371,729 123,309 87,958 61,950 52,789 1,246 550 422 1,111 1,701,064
72 1,368,216 140,595 113,399 62,834 41,778 1,843 557 318 2,839 1,732,379
73 1,390,251 204,902 113,896 58,471 52,631 1,772 738 550 122 1,823,333
74 1,205,754 208,386 108,314 60,711 44,920 1,436 571 355 239 1,630,686
75 1,006,660 189,682 71,347 33,061 45,745 1,337 201 276 235 1,348,544
76 1,098,182 201,145 93,874 12,789 63,348 1,427 195 201 147 1,471,308
77 1,057,261 201,118 72,704 38,120 68,944 1,798 292 105 128 1,440,470
78 1,104,026 219,499 89,436 40,719 52,462 1,939 339 68 109 1,508,597
79 1,081,386 207,514 88,734 39,991 60,459 2,308 371 55 86 1,480,904
80 995,455 219,571 76,585 39,770 110,756 2,381 555 64 84 1,445,221
Av 1,167,892 191,572 91,625 44,842 59,383 1,749 437 241 510 1,558,251

Data source: ANFIA.

The Lancia Beta was a good car let down with rust problems

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