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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Goes Racing In British Touring Car Championship 11
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Motorsport, racing on 01 11th, 2018

Remember the Alfa Romeo Giulietta? Don’t blame yourself if you’ve forgotten. It’s been in production for nearly eight years now, and has long since been overshadowed by the newer Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. But it still has some life in it.

Or at least one racing team thinks it does, so it’s taking it to the track to compete in the British Touring Car Championship.

Unveiled this week at the Autosport International show in the UK, the racer stems from a partnership between Duo Motorsport and HMS Racing (previously known as Handy Motorsport), with support not from the manufacturer itself, but from a council of Alfa Romeo dealers.

Exact specifications weren’t revealed, but it’s been built to comply with the championship’s Next Generation Touring Car regulations. That means a 2.0-liter turbo four mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, in this case likely driving the front wheels (like the road-going model on which it’s based).

The ECU is furnished by Cosworth, and the clutch, pedal box, and brakes are supplied by AP Racing. The aero package is tightly governed, and the whole project is designed to be cost-effective – enough for an independent team to undertake it.

That’s how the BTCC has attracted so many different entries: the Giulietta will be dicing it on track with NGTC versions of the Audi S3, BMW 125i, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, MG6, Subaru Levorg, Vauxhall Astra, and Volkswagen CC. (Last year saw the Mercedes A-Class, Chevy Cruze, and Toyota Avensis too.) That’s some varied field, so the Alfa will have to be mighty quick to make its mark in one of the most competitive racing series in the world.

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Alfa Romeo’s Working On New Giulietta And 4C 31
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo 4C, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Reports on 12 31st, 2017

With the Giulia and Stelvio, Alfa Romeo has properly revitalized its product portfolio. And it’s said to have a new, larger crossover in the pipeline too. But what will come after that?

According to the latest reports, the Italian automaker is looking at two new vehicles: one to succeed the Giulietta, and the other, the 4C.

“In order to complete the Alfa range of products,” Alfa’s chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli told Auto Express, “we need another couple of pillars – something in the C-Segment and then obviously a sporty product, a very sporty product.”

The Giulietta could use a shortened version of the Giulia sedan’s platform, which would ostensibly mean it’d be rear-wheel drive – rare territory for C-segment hatchbacks, following similar formula to the BMW 1 Series hatch. But Alfa (and FCA) would need to ascertain whether a re-entry into that segment would be worthwhile.

The company has been moving away from unprofitable small cars, having in recent years discontinued the Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200, and Lancia Delta. “it’s very difficult to make a profit,” Fedeli said about the segment.

As for the 4C, an update is in the works – but the company is looking beyond that to the long-term future of the model. “We make some small modifications but then we have to decide if we want to install different engine, or switch the architecture. As you can imagine we have some options, we are working on more than one option.” However it turns out, Fedeli says it won’t have a manual transmission – which is sad news for purists.

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Fiat Punto Slapped With Zero Stars In Euro-NCAP’s Latest Safety Ratings 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 6-Series GT, Dacia Duster, DS3, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Ford C-Max, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic, Opel Karl, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, video on 12 13th, 2017

The Fiat Punto became the first model to receive a disappointing zero-star safety rating by Euro-NCAP.

The ageing Italian supermini has been on sale since 2005 and the new results reveal that it’s outclassed by every car tested in recent history, making it Euro NCAP’s first car ever to be awarded with zero stars.

The Fiat Punto managed to score two stars in adult and child occupant safety and pedestrian protection but the lack of driver assistance and crash avoidance systems brought its total score to zero.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017”, Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen said.

The European New Car Assessment Programme updated the ratings of several recently facelifted models to allow consumers making a fair comparison to new cars. These included the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Aygo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the Opel Karl, the DS3 and the Fiat Punto.

With the exception of the Toyota Yaris which kept its five-star rating, most of the other models dropped to three stars in this year’s safety tests. The Toyota Aygo scored four stars with the optional safety equipment.

The safety organization also tested new models, awarding five stars to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the new BMW 6-Series and the Jaguar F-Pace. Three stars were awarded to the MG ZS SUV, the second-gen Dacia Duster and the Kia Stonic, which scores five stars when fitted with the optional safety equipment.


Alfa Moves To Trademark The Giulietta Name In The United States 10
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Reports on 10 10th, 2017

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta could be getting a reprieve as Car & Driver has discovered Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has filed a trademark application for the name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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Alfa Giulietta Ti Driver Reacts Quickly To Avoid Spin During Goodwood Revival Race 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Classics, Goodwood, Offbeat News, racing, video on 09 17th, 2017

Getting behind the wheel of a classic car like the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti means respecting its racing heritage, so losing control while driving one is a nightmare scenario.
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Would This Design Work For A New Alfa Romeo Giulietta? 22
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Renderings on 08 22nd, 2017

A new generation Alfa Romeo Giulietta would bring some heat on the Audi A3 Sportback, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and BMW 1-Series.
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Maserati Boss Hints At New Crossover, Says Alfieri Will Be A “Real Sports Car” 26
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Mito, alfa-romeo, Maserati, Maserati Alfieri, Maserati GranTurismo, Reports on 06 26th, 2017

The Head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati has revealed some new details about the brands future product lineup.
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Alfa Romeo Should Make A New Giulietta To Look Just Like This 9
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Renderings on 05 9th, 2017

With the arrival of the new Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, it'd be all too easy to forget about the Giulietta. Not just for us, but for FCA, too. Looking at this image, though, we can't help but hope that Alfa Romeo does a new one.
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Alfa Giulietta And MiTo Replacements Are Unlikely, New SUV Coming Next 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Mito, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, Reports on 03 15th, 2017

The future of Alfa Romeo's hatchbacks, the MiTo and Giulietta, is looking increasingly uncertain.
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Future Alfa Romeo Giulietta Gets Giulia-Inspired Styling 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Renderings on 01 16th, 2017

While Alfa Romeo is chasing global volume sales with the Stelvio crossover, it doesn't intend on disregarding its small cars, despite reducing demand for such vehicles.
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Jeep Renegade, Alfa Romeo Giulia And Giulietta Enter Service With The Italian Police 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Jeep, Jeep Renegade, Jeep Videos, Police, video on 12 13th, 2016

From the Lamborghini Huracan to the more humble Seat Leon, the Italian police force has some pretty amazing vehicles to fight crime, which have now been joined by a fresh FCA-made lot.
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Mopar Announces Bologna Show Presence With Wide Range Of Bespoke Parts 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Bologna Motor Show, Fiat, Fiat 500X, Fiat Fullback, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Mopar on 12 2nd, 2016

Coming in to grace the FCA lineup in Bologna is a wide range of accessories signed by Mopar, as the brand have announced their presence at their first car show in Europe.
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The Next-Gen Alfa Romeo Giulietta Could Look Just Like This 20
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Renderings on 11 20th, 2016

Alfa Romeo is in the midst of a complete overhaul of its product line, having just revealed the Stelvio crossover and launching the Giulia sedan around the world.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Heading To Paris With New Engine, Q4 AWD 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo 4C, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Mito, alfa-romeo, Galleries, new cars, Paris Auto Show on 09 20th, 2016

Alfa Romeo's lineup for this year's Paris Auto Show includes a new version of the Giulia, which adds the Veloce suffix.
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You Will Yearn For An Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint After Watching This 14
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Classics, video on 09 14th, 2016

If you needed further proof of just how special old Alfas really are, you are in the right place.
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