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In December 1985 FIAT renewed its high-class model by replacing the Fiat Argenta, which had been in production for only four years with rather disappointing sales results, with the new Croma. Its debut resulted in the disappearance of rear-wheel drive in favor of front-wheel drive. The project is also known as “Tipo Quattro” and also includes other cars: Lancia Thema, Saab 9000 and Alfa Romeo 164. The original name chosen for the car was Chroma, but shortly before its launch, FIAT president Gianni Agnelli modified it. depriving it of the “h” and transforming it into Chroma.
The joint project between the flagships saw the birth first of the Lancia Thema and Saab 9000, while for the Croma a style study was made “by derivation” from the Lancia Thema, greatly reducing development times and design costs. The extremely balanced and elegant line, the comfort of the passenger compartment, the versatility of the tailgate and the innovative “VSS” concept guaranteed the Croma a great success: during the eleven years of the model’s commercial life, around 438,000 units were sold. Technically, it shared the chassis, the suspensions, the frame of the sides, the roof, most of the systems (air conditioning, braking circuit) with the other three cars and also the doors with the Lancia Thema and Saab 9000. The design of the classic two-and-a-half-volume line was born within the Fiat Style Center, which had entrusted its supervision to Tom Tjaarda, and Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign, while the construction was almost entirely robotic.
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