Se­lec­tion process

Alfa fi­nally gets self-shift­ing trans­mis­sions for Golf ri­val

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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

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