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Alfa Romeo Giulietta revealed

Alfa Romeo will launch its new Giulietta hatchback at the Geneva motor show in March 2010.

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Next year marks the Italian manufacturer's centenary and the Giulietta name has a distinguished place in Alfa's history. It was first applied to a coupé, launched in 1954, although some of that lustre was lost when the badge was recycled on a boxy, rust-prone saloon produced from 1977-1985.

The newcomer's styling cues owe more to its stylish Fifties antecedent, however, and Alfa promises a car that blends everyday comfort with a sporting manner.

Sales will begin next spring and five turbocharged engines will be available from launch. All comply with Euro 5 emissions legislation and fuel-saving stop-start systems are fitted as standard. There are three petrol options (1.4 litres with either 140 or 170bhp, or 1,742cc/235bhp) and two diesels (1.6/105bhp and 2.0/170bhp).

Built on an all-new platform, all Giuliettas will feature a barrage of sophisticated electronic safety systems. These include Alfa DNA (which allows drivers to customise the car's handling characteristics to suit their own preferences and/or prevailing road conditions), VDC (vehicle dynamic control), DST (dynamic steering torque) and an electronic differential. Despite all the widgets, Alfa has left some space for luggage and describes the 350-litre boot capacity as "capacious".

Alfa Romeo's centenary will be a central theme during next year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Viva Veloce – A Passion for Speed runs from July 2-4 at Goodwood House, Sussex. For more information visit

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