The five-door Alfa Giulietta hatchback can now be ordered with the twin dry clutch semi-automatic transmission ALFA TCT that boosts the performance as well as raises efficiency and cuts fuel consumption. The new Alfa Giulietta features the next-generation ALFA TCT semi-automatic transmission and optional shift paddles located at the back of the steering wheel.
As a result, the vehicle is able to set new standards when it comes to performance, fuel consumption and emissions. The ALFA TCT range includes the 2.0 JTDM-2 170 bhp diesel engine and the 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 bhp petrol, which received the International Engine of Year Award for Best New Engine in 2010.
These raise the appeal of the Giulietta whether in fleet or consumer sales. The 1.4 TB MultiAir 170 bhp Giulietta with ALFA TCT transmission offers a sportiness that enables the car to reach a top speed of 135 mph and to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. It’s a feat that the car’s performance is so impressive and yet its fuel consumption and emissions are amazingly low. It returns 54.3 mpg over a combined cycle and 121 g/km of CO2.
With these figures, the Giulietta comes with the petrol engine in the C segment that has the lowest CO2 emissions. It also has a BIK rate of just 15%. The figures attained when the 2.0 JTDM-2 170 HP diesel engine is used are excellent.
It’s certainly better when compared to the same version with manual gearbox. Its 0 to 62 mph acceleration time falls from 8.0 seconds to 7.9 seconds. Meanwhile, its fuel consumption (combined cycle) drops from 60.1 mpg to 62.8 mpg. CO2 emissions remain steady at only 119 g/km (124 g/km with manual gearbox), leading to a BIK rate of only 13%.
It was during the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show that Alfa Romeo first unveiled the Giulietta. However starting May 2010, the company will gradually market this new model on every major market. With this, the company hopes that it will help relaunch the brand in what can be considered as the most significant segment in Europe.
The name chosen is important considering that this year the company is celebrating its centenary year as the Giulietta pays homage to the automobile and a company legend. Back during the 1950s, the Giulietta managed to get the imagination of car enthusiasts worldwide as it gave them the opportunity to own one. As such, they had the chance to experience the technical excellence and enjoy the high level of comfort it offered.
Manufactured by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the new Giulietta is a five-door hatchback that clearly has the look one expects from an Alfa Romeo and displays the agility needed when driving even the most demanding of routes. It also delivers that comfort one needs on an everyday drive. This is because it makes use of the Compact, a new platform conceived with the aim of meeting the needs of even the most challenging of customers when it comes to agility, safety, and road-holding.
This is because the new platform utilizes high-tech technical solutions applied to the dual pinion active steering and the suspension. It is because of the high quality of the materials used and the different manufacturing technologies applied that the new Giulietta is able to get high standards when it comes to safety features, both passive and active, dynamism, and on-board comfort.
That the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is able to deliver high levels of comfort and extraordinary dynamic performance is mainly owing to a number of refined technical solutions all utilized in the new steering system and suspension. It comes with a rigid and light structure all thanks to the use of high-strength steels and aluminum, plus the application of advanced manufacturing techniques.