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Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Engine 1.4 TBi Progression; MultiAir 1.4 TBi Distinctive and 1750 TBi Quadrifoglio Verde
Power 88kW @ 5000r/min; 125kW @ 5500r/min; 173kW @ 5500r/min
Torque 206Nm @ 1750r/min; 250Nm @ 2500r/min; 340Nm @ 1900r/min
The new Giulietta has arrived in South Africa and Alfa Romeo has released launch prices and details of the stunning hatchback.

Designed to go head-to-head against segment stalwarts such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus, the Giulietta has its work cut out for it in a category that now accounts for second-largest car sales figures in South Africa. While the Alfa is arguably the winner in the style stakes, it is on the road where it will really have to show its mettle.

At launch in South Africa, the Giulietta range includes three turbo petrol models – 1.4 TBi Progession, MultiAir 1.4 TBi Distinctive and 1750 TBI Quadrifoglio Verde. The cars ride on an all-new platform and have been designed, Alfa says, to adapt to a range of driving conditions, equipped as they are with Alfa’s D.N.A (Dynamic, Normal or All-weather) selector, standard electronic Q2 differential and Vehicle Dynamic Control system.

Both 1.4’s are able to deliver the best fuel consumption possible using a combination of Stop&Start technology and a gearshift indicator.


Meanwhile, the range-topping model sees the return of the classic 1750cc capacity to Alfa, but adds a modern twist in the form of a turbocharger to up the power while ensuring fuel consumption remains in the range of a sensible four-cylinder.

The Giulietta's cabin is an interior brimming with modcons including power windows, central locking, satellite controls for the steering wheel and the Fiat Group’s innovative Blue&Me audio interface.

DRIVE IT, BUT...: Demo models will be available shortly, although sales really only kick off in January 2011.

Safety systems include VDC with hill-holder, traction control and emergency braking and a “dynamic steering torque” system. Giulietta has also earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

In South Africa, all Giuliettas will be sold with a five-year or 150 000km warranty, a six-year or 90 000km service plan for the 1.4 models and a six-year or 105 000km service plan for the flagship. The 1.4 units have service intervals of 30 000km, the 1750 TBi 35 000km.

Prices include AA Fleetcare roadside assistance for three years.

The new Giulietta is on display in a glass dome at Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch Piazza alongside seven of its iconic predecessors, including a rare 1959 Giulietta Sprint Speciale valued at an estimated R1-million.

Models and pricing (including emissions tax):
1.4 TBi Progression –  R243 000
MultiAir 1.4 TBi Distinctive – R279 900
1750 TBi Quadrifoglio Verde – R330 275

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