Alfa Romeo at 2012 Geneva Motor Show


Before the new 4C joins Alfa romeo range, the Italian car maker has only two car to show at every motor show they go, the MiTo and the Giulietta.

But every time they come up with something new for the duo. After a year of commercial success, Alfa Romeo returns to the Geneva Motor Show with a spectacular stand. Featured in the exhibition area are the Giulietta and MiTo models, which represent the DNA of Alfa Romeo: essential style capable of conveying powerful emotions, technical research which is always cutting-edge, road holding and superlative driving pleasure.

2011 was a year which saw great growth for Alfa Romeo, both in terms of image and sales. In Europe, the share grew from 0.8% to 1%, establishing Alfa Romeo among the brands which underwent the greatest growth last year, with an increase of almost 20%.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT Alfa Romeo at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

So what’s new for the cars:

Alfa TCT, the best automatic transmission in its category in terms of efficiency-performance ratio

The Giulietta TCT is the car with the best efficiency-performance ratio in the category. This transmission can operate in totally automatic or sequential mode, with manual management of the “up and down” positions of the gear lever using the “shift paddles” on the steering wheel. What’s more, thanks to the Alfa DNA driving selector, the driver can customise the car’s personality, enhancing its comfort, performance, safety and efficiency characteristics.
The Giulietta MultiAir with Alfa TCT is the most eco-friendly petrol compact in its category. It can boast extremely limited consumption and emissions (5.2 l/100 km in the combined cycle and 121 g/km emissions of CO2) together with exceptional performance worthy of an Alfa Romeo: top speed of 218 km/h and 7.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.
Recorded values also head up the category in combination with the 2.0 JTDM 170 HP diesel engine. In fact, compared to the same version with manual gearbox, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h drops from 8.0 seconds to 7.9 seconds and consumption (combined cycle) decreases from 4.7 l/100 km to 4.5 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions pass from 124 g/km to 119 g/km, impressive results for an engine in this category.

Quadrifoglio Verde, TCT and TwinAir: the multi-faceted soul of the Alfa Romeo MiTo

At Geneva, the Alfa Romeo MiTo has the perfect opportunity to showcase its revamped image as a high-tech car which retains its position as a sporty compact car capable of winning over customers with an eye for details and maximum driving pleasure.
So it is that it takes to the Swiss catwalk in the new Turbo TwinAir version equipped with the innovative two-cylinder 0.9 Turbo TwinAir – voted “International Engine of the Year 2011? – which guarantees response and agility thanks to 85 HP at 5,500 rpm but above all to a torque of no less than 145 Nm, constant between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. This all comes together with a significant reduction in consumption and emissions (just 98 g/km of CO2).
The powerful 170 HP “Quadrifoglio Verde” 1.4 MultiAir Turbo is in attendance, to represent the more dynamic side of the model’s soul. This has been revamped, with original and distinctive style elements, in addition to content which is particularly attractive in terms of comfort. The MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, equipped with the powerful 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir Turbo (awarded Best New Engine of the Year 2010), offers the innovative “Alfa Active Suspension”, a system that actively and continuously controls the electronic shock absorbers, the fruit of work by Alfa Romeo designers in conjunction with road testing.
Therefore, using experience gained on the racetrack, the system allows the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde to excel even further in terms of agility and handling, giving it exceptional driveability and unparalleled safety. That’s without mentioning the fact that the “Alfa Active Suspension” system perfectly interfaces with the three different dynamic control settings of the “Alfa DNA” device (“Dynamic”, “Natural” and “All Weather”), managing all the applications on the car: from the ESP, steering and Q2 electronic differential to engine response and, if present, the Alfa TCT.
Finally, space is devoted to the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo 135 HP version with Alfa TCT automatic twin clutch transmission, which delivers outstanding performance: 7.1 l/100 km in the urban cycle, 126 g/km of CO2 and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds. This is the best example of the passion for being at the cutting edge which lies in the very DNA of the Alfa Romeo MiTo: in fact, it was the first car to offer both the revolutionary MultiAir engine and the Alfa “TCT” automatic transmission.

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