2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Prestige: A Stirring Stateside Return | Rumble Seat by Dan Neil – WSJ.com

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steaming northeast toward the in a white Alfa Romeo , a lovely bit of car-building falconry for the U.S. in 2014, if all hews to It is, to put it up front, a wonderful car, a hyper-efficient 1.4-liter, 170-horsepower engine bolted to a slick manual transmission; an electronic differential between the front utterly purr-fect steering for a front-drive car; a fuel-saving system; and Alfa Romeo’s chassis dynamics software—the DNA gradually turns up the wick on the steering, torque-vectoring and braking while dialing down the stability control.

The whole is wrapped in a close-curried, Alfa stile that a pithing cane in the notion hatchbacks are boring. This is about as generic as the .25 Beretta you in your boot.


When it comes to handicapping the of Fiat and Alfa Romeo in the U.S.—as part of the Chrysler-Fiat Fiat has landed this and Alfa will land in 2012, with the 4C sports think about the metric America’s failure to adopt the System of Units does not well for us.

We are the only industrialized country in the that still relies on the Imperial system—even the British abandoned it, for the most part—and our to this un-arithmetic system of measures costs us billions in and makes us look like the of the Western world. You should see the that crosses German faces when they convert to inches (instead of and foot-pounds (Newton-meters). You just what they’re thinking: How did we to these guys?

Our clinging to and inches isn’t quaint. a measure of our insularity, our complacency, our (metric system=New World our malign unwillingness to join the of the planet. And that brings me to the Alfa.

What would it take for the Giulietta to succeed in the U.S. first, it would require a number of Americans to abandon the cliché of Italian cars unreliable, Fix It Again, Tony, Italian cars are as good as, and in ways better than, else on the road.

Such is the effect of the global supply from which all companies their parts and technology. In an outfit called ALG announced the of its Perceived Quality Study, U.S. consumers, in which the brand came in last. I ask this with all due respect: the hell do they know?

Is it reasonable to expect those to have been keeping up Fiat in the 27 years it’s gone?

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo the U.S. market a decade and the romanticism of the marque—the AR Spider The Graduate, Fellini, etc.—means its will be a little easier Fiat’s. Still, the lingering of a failed European brand have to be overcome. See, I you the metric system would work!

When it arrives on shores in 2014, Alfa peppy new hatchback, the Giulietta, do much to scuttle Americans’ dislike of Italian family according to WSJ’s Dan Neil.

Second, it would require car buyers to change one little in their premium-car-buying yardstick, mpg for mph. This will not be However, $4 per gallon at the pump certainly focus the car-buying

The metric system can help. is a daft way to measure fuel U.S. or Imperial gallon? kind of miles?

Does an from, say, 40 to 50 mpg save gas than 10 to 11 mpg? (Answer: not close.) We might as well in rods per hoghead.

Europe, on the other hand, fuel economy by liters/100 and this system makes fuel economy between easy. So measured, my test returns fuel economy of L/100 km, city/highway. That to a thundering 35/55 mpg (with a asterisk for the differences in U.S. and test cycles).

You would a hard time finding a car in the world that delivers the fashion sense, practicality, carving and fuel economy.

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