In addition to form and style, colour is also important. In the year that the car was chosen as European Car of the Year, a new type of paint called NUVOLA was introduced, available in the colour Azzurro. The car was successful and they had developed the 156 in their own design studio. Walter de’Silva was the head of the department at the time. The car had to give Alfa its own character and break away from the Fiat image. This has been achieved by giving the car everything it needs. The line is reminiscent of a coupé, partly due to the concealed rear door handles. The grille continues deep into the bumper. Fast, sporty, business and family car.