Independent car importer Ateco Automotive has recorded an outstanding performance in 2002 according to VFACTS figures released today (8 January 2002) with all the brands it represents recording sales increases in Australia along with useful boosts for Alfa Romeo and Fiat in New Zealand. Alfa Romeo, which was brought back to Australia by Ateco five years ago and which has shown consistent growth since its rebirth, recorded a 24% increase in sales last year, despite restricted supply of the brand's top selling model, the 147, and the second best selling 156 which was in model change-over mode. Ateco plans to grow Alfa Romeo sales from last year's figure of 2,513 to 2,800 this year with the arrival of the 156 Sportwagon and the 147 GTA.