Italian car companies are known for their styling and design expertise, making the Italian auto industry unlike that in any other country. Although one is a leading manufacturer, the others generally are not production houses, but are design and racing oriented firms, whose models are manufactured and sold globally, often under other brands.
Here is the list of Italian car companies, ranked by our analysis of production volumes, history, and impact on the industry. This presents the most relevant way of developing an Italian auto industry listing, since the core value of many of the Italian car makers is not necessarily in production volume, since a large percentage of its revenues come from design expertise, racing and luxury production.
|Rank||Company||Who They Are|
|1||Fiat||Large holding company with global reach. Brands include Fiat, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge|
|2||Ferrari||Design, performance sports cars, part of Fiat Group. Fiat bought 50% of the company in 1969 and expanded its stake to appx. 85% in 2008, which it still holds today.|
|4||Maserati||Design, performance sports cars, part of Fiat Group.|
|5||Alfa Romeo||Production between 100,000 and 150,000, in Fiat Group|
|6||Lancia||Production approximately 100,000, part of Fiat Group|
|8||Lamborghini||Design, performance sports cars, in Volkswagen / Audi Group|
The leading Italian car manufacturer is Fiat, of course. Their production typically exceeds 2,500,000 vehicles globally, making Fiat a top 20 global manufacturer. In 2009, Fiat began to acquire a stake in Chrysler, and by 2012 was the majority shareholder. Other Fiat makes include famous Italian sports car brands Ferrari and Maserati, which it has acquired, along with Alfa Romeo.
The Italian car manufacturing companies include leading design and sports car houses. Generally speaking they produce under 5000 vehicles each, but at a very high end. Ferrari and Maserati presently are owned by Fiat. Lamborghini is owned by Audi AG, which is in the Volkswagen group. Bertone and Pinafarina, both renowned for their designs, do not produce.
Our favorite of the Italian sports cars is Lamborghini. What do you think?