Alfa finally gets self-shifting transmissions for Golf rival
car for some time so there has been pent-up demand,’’ says Alfa Romeo Australia boss Andre Zaitzev.
‘‘ We had issues getting product out of Europe and it caused us some grief. I would hope we get the supply right. We need it.
‘‘ If we don’t get this car right and support our dealer network it will be very difficult for us. This car is in demand in a lot of markets with more sales volume than us. But (head office) tell us we are a priority.’’
The twin-clutch automatic, a $2000 option, has stop-start function and has shift paddles behind the steering wheel, allowing the car to be driven in manual mode.
At the top of the range, the QV remains manual only, but now comes with the latest version of the 1750 TBI engine first seen late last year in the Alfa Romeo 159.
Zaitzev says Alfa owners are ‘‘ incredibly loyal’’ but he also expects the new Giulietta to broaden the customer base.
With production of the 159 sedan-sportwagon ceasing last year, Alfa will soon market only the Mito light car and the Giulietta small hatch. The next Alfa to reach us comes next year in the beguiling shape of the 4C roadster. This midengine, rear-wheel-drive roadster Alfa gets here next year, powered by the directinjection 1.75-litre petrol four from the Giulietta QV.
That’s followed later next year by the Giulia sedan, the much-delayed successor to the 159, and the closely related SUV. Both of these ride on a longer version of the Giuliettta’s Evo C platform which can accommodate front, rear- or all-wheel-drive.
A sportwagon take on the Giulietta seems almost certain to arrive in the next 12-18 months, though the company won’t comment.
Giulietta: You won’t have to change gears for yourself