Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Alfa Romeo 149

A new image of the next compact Alfa Romeo has surfaced, presumably originated from an internal presentation. There is no new information regarding our previous story on the 149, except that the presentation mentions an “active anti-roll system”. We didn’t see that coming, but a quick research confirms that Fiat issued a patent on a very simple mechanism for a active anti-roll bar. That is some interesting piece of kit that can do wonders for handling although previous experiences (notably the Citroen Xantia Activa but also Mercedes and BMW systems) have failed to convince drivers of a real improvement in driving pleasure. A case to follow.

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