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Characterful and capable Giulietta heralds the start of Alfa’s Italian renaissance
19 Jan 2011
By LUC BRITTEN
THE Milanese motor manufacturer has always made desirable cars, but for too long an enduring reputation for unreliability, poor resale value and styling that writes cheques the driving experience can’t cash has dogged the brand, forcing potential customers to buy with their heads rather than their hearts and providing Alfas with exclusivity for all the wrong reasons.,
, On paper at least, the Giulietta is the car to turn things around. Not only is it generously equipped as standard, it has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and is packed with technology designed to reduce the chance of a collision happening in the first place.,
, More importantly, it promises to drive like an Alfa Romeo should, making full use of high-tech MultiAir and turbo engines that provide plenty of poke while remaining frugal and, crucially, employing an all-new platform and multi-link rear suspension to provide handling finesse without compromising the ride.,
, Can a rejuvenated Alfa Romeo really kick start an Italian renaissance with the Giulietta?
Model release date: 1 January 2011 to 1 December 2014
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