A couple of days ago a P-plate Alfa 145 appeared in the Autocar car park. I couldn’t help but have a good sniff around it to remind myself what a bizarre machine it was.

The bread van styling (said have been created under Chris Bangle’s tenure at Fiat…yes, that Bangle) hasn’t aged too badly, but memories of  the inadequacy of early 1990s Fiat cars came flooding back. The clunky interior and switchgear, wide panel gaps, iffy gearshift and odd driving position. Even by the standards of the day, Fiat was behind the curve.

Full details of Fiat's future, including plans for Ferrari, Alfa and Maserati

I’m glad the 145 was there, because I’d just finished listening in to Fiat Auto’s marathon investor conference. Fiat Auto boss Sergio Marchionne revealed an amazing level of detail of Fiat’s future plans, both in vehicles and technology, much of which I’m still picking through.