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MARCH 2001

In March 2001, Mitsubishi, through European director Nakanishi and new Global Style Director of Japan Olivier Boulay, asked STOLA s.p.a. to create a show car to be presented at the next Tokyo show scheduled for October 2001.
The name of the project is CZ2 and was essentially their vision for a new Colt , which was due to market the following year.

G. Leone, F. Sansalone, A. Mulargia e Massano.G. Leone, F. Sansalone, A. Mulargia and Massano.

02B. Comollo, A. Spitaleri and A. Bonetto. 03Giuseppe Leone.

Akinori Nakanishi e Giochino GrandeAkinori Nakanishi and Giochino Grande

05Maurizio Di Maria 06Antonello Mulargia

Il team Stola al lavoro si riconoscono Massano, Longo, Sansalone, W. Cobra, Trosa, e Cogerino.The Stola team at work can be recognized by Massano, Longo, Sansalone, W. Cobra, Trosa, and Cogerino.

08A. Mulargia, G. Longo, X and Cogerino. 09Walter Cobra


13L. Locantore and L. Giarolo.




JUNE 2001

In June 2001 the Fiat Style Center through its Director Umberto Rodriguez asked STOLA s.p.a. to build an exterior and interior master for mathematical verification of the Fiat Idea.
Together with this activity for the interiors it is required to develop class A mathematics starting from their C's.
The surface project is coordinated by Carlo Mantovani who, together with his team, works with Fiat designers for the interiors Marc Van Soolingen and Maurizio Tocco and Italdesign technicians for the exteriors Giacomino Borge and Marco Chiesa.
The realization of the two masters is coordinated by the Head of Workshop Vittorio Della Rocca together with his Deputy Giorgio Braghin.


Summer 2001 the surfaces department of the Stola begins to realize the mathematical surfaces.


Inizio autunno 2001 il reparto superfici della Stola termina le superfici matematiche di classe A.At the beginning of autumn 2001 the surfaces department of the Stola finishes the mathematical surfaces of class A.


Rivoli fine autunno 2001. Il master verifica matematica prima della verniciatura.Rivoli late autumn 2001. The master checks mathematics before painting.


Rivoli inizio inverno 2001 il Master di verifica matematica verniciato.Rivoli at the beginning of winter 2001 the painted mathematical verification Master.




17Autumn 2001 the surfaces department of the Stola finishes the mathematical surfaces of the interiors.




Rivoli inverno 2001 il Master di verifica matematica degli interni della Fiat Idea.Rivoli winter 2001 the Master in mathematical verification of the interiors of the Fiat Idea.

2003. La FIAT presenta al pubblico la loro nuova tipo Idea; lo stile è dell'Italdesign.2003. FIAT presents their new Idea type to the public; the style is of Italdesign.

2003. La FIAT presenta al pubblico la loro nuova tipo Idea; lo stile è dell'Italdesign.2003. FIAT presents their new Idea type to the public; the style is of Italdesign.


JULY 2001

In the summer of 2001 Stola s.p.a was commissioned directly by Alfa Romeo's Styling Center in Arese to create a style model for the Tipo 939, which was due to replace the then current 156.
At the same time, Fiat Auto's purchasing assigned the entire exterior and interior engineering development to the Rivoli company.This began with macro feasibility and class C and B mathematical surfacing; the request also included the estate version.

 Estate/autunno 2001. Il piano di forma dell' Alfa Romeo Tipo 939 il cui design è del Centro Stile di Arese.Summer / autumn 2001. The shape plan of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 939 whose design is by the Centro Stile in Arese.

Stola's competitive pricing was not the only reason for this important assignment, previous experience on the 156 sedan and the Sportwagon , which had just entered production, also contributed.
The Alfa styling team, directed by Wolfgang Egger,was made up of Daniele Gaglione, Filippo Perini, Alessandro Dambrosio, Antonio Rosti, Marco Lambri and Vincenzo Ferreri.
Straight away, a small team of Stola surfacers and designers moved for a few months to the Arese Style Center to support their Alfa Romeo colleagues with the macro feasibility and surfacing necessary for the milling of the exterior and interior style models.





End of October 2001. The team of mathematizers of the Stola residing at the Alfa Romeo Style Center in Arese together with its designers realizes the class B-C mathematics relating to the construction of the exterior style model.

The exteriors were completed by mid-2002 at the Stola model shop, the interiors followed a little later by the end of March in the Arese workshops.

 15 febbraio 2002. Filippo Perini, Daniele Gaglione e Alessandro Dambrosio i designer che sotto la direzione di Wolfgang Egger hanno disegnato la versione Arese della 159. Questa fotografia è scattata nel reparto stile della Stola s.p.a. a Rivoli.February 15, 2002. Filippo Perini, Daniele Gaglione and Alessandro Dambrosio the designers who under the direction of Wolfgang Egger designed the Arese version of the 159. This photograph was taken in the style department of Stola s.p.a. in Rivoli.


Primavera 2002. Ecco le foto originali del primissimo modello di stile eseguito presso le officine Alfa Romeo di Arese con un Team misto di modellatori Stola / Alfa. Anche le matematiche di classe B per la loro realizzazione sono state eseguite dagli uomini della Stola.Spring 2002. Here are the original photos of the very first style model made at the Alfa Romeo workshops in Arese with a mixed team of Stola / Alfa modelers. Even the class B mathematics for their realization were performed by the men of the Stola.

Giorgetto e Fabrizio Giugiaro.Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro.Everything seemed to be going well until, at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, Italdesign showed their Alfa Romeo Brera prototype . This prompted the directors of the Turin manufacturer to make an unexpected decision.
Impressed by the design of the Brera, new Alfa board member engineer Daniele Bandiera, asked the Giugiaro family to create a further styling proposal for their future saloon.
A few months later it was the Italdesign style model that was chosen for series production.

Fine febbraio 2002. La foto ufficiale dell'Alfa Romeo Brera Concept pochi giorni prima di essere presentata nello stand dell'Italdesign al salone di Ginevra.End of February 2002. The official photo of the Alfa Romeo Brera Concept a few days before being presented in the Italdesign stand at the Geneva Motor Show.

Due to this decision Stola s.p.a., while maintaining the contract with Fiat Auto for the complete product engineering development, were subsequently excluded for the realization of the master model and the related class B-A surfacing of the exterior.
As for the interiors, the style model made in Arese got the go-ahead for production and consequently the class B-A mathematics and the milling of the master model would be built in Rivoli by Stola, as per the basic contract.
The project manager for Stola s.p.a. was Giancarlo Besana who, for three years, would work closely with the engineers Carlo Mario Fugazza, Aldo Dragotti and Paolo Beneggi of Alfa Romeo.
With the master model of the exteriors being made in Italdesign, the Stola and Alfa teams worked together to obtain all the necessary technical information required for the project engineering.

Agosto 2001 il Team direziona e di progettazione relativi al progetto 939 berlina e Sportwagon.August 2001 Directional Design Team related to the 939 sedan and Sportwagon project.








26November / December 2001. The design phases of the Tipo 939 sedan.

The class B-A mathematics and master model for the interiors were created in Rivoli at Stola by the teams lead by Massimo Stola, Carlo Mantovani and Vittorio Della Rocca.
The tools used for the development of the aesthetic surfaces were Icem Surf and Alias, the operational team was composed of Adriano Rossi, Alessandro Maggiolini, Gianfranco Cappa, Giovanni Doglioli, Cesare Lesne and Antonio Urbano with Marco Lambri as the reference interior designer.



Primavera 2002. Le matematiche degli interni della Tipo 939 versione berlina.Spring 2002. The mathematics of the interior of the Tipo 939 saloon version.

In order to guarantee the highest possible quality, the Master Model was constructed using Allufix.
The actual design was carried out between the offices in Rivoli and Cinisello Balsamo. Customer meetings always took place in Rivoli and at Alfa Romeo's Arese Technical Department.




Novembre 2002. Master Model degli interni della Tipo 939 in versione berlina.November 2002. Interior master model of the Tipo 939 in sedan version.

Once the styling feasibility activities and macro feasability had been completed, definitive studies began using the two virtual rooms as never before for the validation of the various steps together with the customer.
For the development of the design phase, new Cad methodologies and tools would be used for the first time within Fiat Auto:
-Unigraphics became the basic software for setting up studies, modeling details and general engineering design.
-For data and process management and archiving, GMiMAN software was used.
The design methodologies moved from “explicit modeling” of surfaces to “parametric modeling” of solids. Archetypes were created for individual components or detail studies that simplified any subsequent modification or variation during later phases of the project.
As on many previous occasions, Stola was the first to implement such innovations making large investments for the acquisition of software licenses , for the implementation of high performance data transmission lines and for the training of design engineers.
Having reached step 5 by the end of 2003, the start-up of the definitive tooling, in addition to studies,Stola provided the customer with class A mathematics, 2D and 3D elements, validation packaging and structural calculations.




40Spring / summer 2004. Start of preparation of the project and pre-series checks.

As part of the contract,in the early summer of 2004 Stola technicians started activities at the production plant in Pomigliano d’Arco to set up the pre - series production; the previous experience in this field four years earlier with the Tipo156 Sportwagon proved very useful.

Autunno 2004 Pimigliano D’Arco ( NA ) stabilimento Alfa Romeo. Il momento della delibera a produrre. Da sinistra Capruso, Emilio Salani, Alessio Gianluca, Y , Gianni Brunetto, Comisso Dante , Ivo Villa, Besana Giancarlo.Autumn 2004 Pimigliano D'Arco (NA) Alfa Romeo factory. The moment of the decision to produce. From left Capruso, Emilio Salani, Alessio Gianluca, Y, Gianni Brunetto, Comisso Dante, Ivo Villa, Besana Giancarlo.

Production began at the end of the year, and on 2 March 2005 the new Alfa Romeo 159 was presented at it's world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

Febbraio 2005. Una delle foto ufficiali dell'Alfa Romeo 159 poco prima di essere presenta al salone di Ginevra. Lo stile è di Italdesign.February 2005. One of the official photos of the Alfa Romeo 159 shortly before being presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The style is by Italdesign.

Febbraio 2005. Una delle foto ufficiali dell'Alfa Romeo 159 poco prima di essere presenta al salone di Ginevra. Lo design è del Centro Stile Alfa Romeo di Arese.February 2005. One of the official photos of the Alfa Romeo 159 shortly before being presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The design is from the Alfa Romeo Style Center in Arese.

Still in the summer of 2001 and in parallel with the development of the Tipo 939 saloon, it was logically thatFiat Auto would again entrust to Stola s.p.a. the engineering development work of the station wagon version again to be known as Sportwagon.
The exterior design was once again the work of Giorgetto Giugiaro, while the related interiors were from the Alfa Romeo Style Center in Arese.
The project content was the same, as were the respective teams from Alfa Romeo, Italdesign and Stola.
For logistical reasons relating to the production start-up of the saloon at the Alfa Romeo plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Fiat management decided not to add the Sportwagon production until later, consequently the first pre-series batch arrived in the autumn of 2005.
For the record, the 159 Sportwagon went on to be presented at the Geneva Motor Show on 6th March 2006.

8 agosto 2001. Anche se i modelli non sono ancora definiti già si inizia a programmare le macrofattibilità e tutti i particolari necessari alla costruzione della Sport Wagon.August 8, 2001. Even if the models have not yet been defined, the macro-feasibility and all the details necessary for the construction of the Sport Wagon are already being planned.

29 maggio 2002 Quadro definitivo dei lavori per il modello Sport Wagon.May 29, 2002 Final overview of the works for the Sport Wagon model.

Maggio/giugno 2002. Dai rilievi del modello di stile della versione statiowagon di Italdesign il reparto Cas della Stola s.p.a. realizza le matematiche per la fresatura del Master Model.May / June 2002. From the reliefs of the style model of the statiowagon version of Italdesign the Cas department of Stola s.p.a. realizes the mathematics for the milling of the Master Model.

July 2002. Final stages of the definition of the mathematics of the 939 sportwagon which must be superimposed, where common, on the saloon version.

September 2002 Typical comparison sections
between the sedan and the Sportwagon.

Ottobre 2002. Lo studio di ingegneria per lazona tappo carburante.October 2002. The engineering office for the fuel cap area.


Ottobre - novembre 2002. Le matematiche di classe A degli interni specifici per il modello 159 Sportwagon.October - November 2002. Class A mathematics of the specific interiors for the 159 Sportwagon model.

February 2006. The official photos of the 159 Sportwagon shortly before
of the Geneva Motor Show.



In August 2001, STOLA s.p.a. was commissioned to create an exterior style model for the Alfa Romeo 166 face-lift.
Under the direction of Wofgang Egger,newly hired architect Daniele Gaglione was the designer.
For the record, it was another model from the Arese Style Centre that went into production.

Rivoli luglio 2001 In Stola s.p.a. si realizza una proposta di modello di stile del restyling dell'Alfa Romeo 166. Al centro stile di Arese parallelamente verrà eseguita un altra proposta di stile.Rivoli July 2001 In Stola s.p.a. a style model proposal of the Alfa Romeo 166 restyling is created. At the Arese style center, another style proposal will be made in parallel.



In October 2001, the Porsche Technical Centre in Weissach required STOLA s.p.a to build two fibre glass see-through clinic models from clay styling originals.
Their goal was to be able to examine very quickly the first ideas of the future coupe derived from the Boxter type 987, as if it were a real road going car (in 2005 it would be called Cayman).
Timing for delivery was extrordinary, 3 weeks including painting.
The work undertaken in STOLA s.p.a. over multiple shifts was exclusively the construction of light resins on layered sheets, assembly, construction of plexi- glass and painting in metallic grey.

Rivoli October 2001. La Stola s.p.a. creates two "clinic models see trough", in fiber glass obtained from as many clay models sent by the Technical Center of Weissach.

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