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Alfa Romeo Giulietta is priced $36,990*

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5th March, 2012

The 2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta has arrived in Australia with the TCT twin clutch automatic gearbox and a new Turbo Diesel engine that maintains the Giulietta’s spirited performance but cuts fuel consumption to 4.5 litres/100 km on the combined cycle fuel consumption test.

“The new versions of the Giulietta will take over the majority of sales in Australia for Giulietta,” explains Andre Zaitzev, General Manager of Alfa Romeo in Australia. “In a market dominated by self shifting gearboxes, the fact that we can now offer one of the most advanced units on the market that offers all the advantages of a self shifting gearbox with none of the performance or fuel consumption drawbacks is a very significant change to our market position. For the growing diesel sector we are now also able to offer one of the most advanced diesel power units in the world. What remains unchanged though are the Alfa Romeo essentials, the stylish good looks of the Giulietta, the accomplished chassis and, with a 0-100 km/h time of 7.7 seconds for the petrol TCT and 7.9 seconds for the JDTM Turbo Diesel, clearly both new Giuliettas maintain the performance edge expected of every Alfa Romeo.” Andrew indicated in an optimistic frame of mind.

Equipped with the Alfa Romeo TCT twin clutch automatic transmission with shift paddles behind the steering wheel, the latest Alfa Giulietta offers competitive performance, fuel consumption and emissions. Available with either the 1.4 TB MultiAir 125 kW, or the 2.0 JTDM-2 125 kW Turbo Diesel engine, the ALFA TCT range increases the Giulietta’s appeal.

The performance credentials of the 1.4 TB MultiAir 125 kW Giulietta with the Alfa Romeo TCT transmission result in a car capable of a top speed of 218 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h time of 7.7 seconds.

The performance figures recorded in combination with the 2.0 JTDM-2 125 kW diesel engine are: compared to the same version with manual gearbox, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h drops from 8.0 seconds to 7.9 seconds, the combined cycle fuel consumption decreases from 4.7 l/100 km to 4.5 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions are 119 g/km compared to 124 g/km for the manual gearbox). It is, therefore, no surprise to learn that, given these clear performance gains by the TCT gearbox and the Australian market preference for self shifting gearboxes, the manual version of the JTDM-2 will not be sold here. (copyright image)
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The Alfa Romeo TCT transmission

The operation of the ALFA TCT transmission is distinguished by its complete interaction with all the vehicle's operational systems. To achieve the best performance on the road depending on driving conditions and on the driver's requests, the semi-automatic transmission interacts with the braking, engine control, the Alfa D.N.A. vehicle dynamic control switch, Start&Stop, steering and vehicle stability control systems.

Thanks to the speed with which the parameters are processed, the transmission can modify the speed of gear shift, manage the torque delivery on low grip roads, and it can operate completely automatically or as a manual sequential gearbox, manually managing the up and down positions of the gear lever with precise and ergonomic movements, which can be combined with optional shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

Developed by FPT – Fiat Powertrain Technologies – in conceptual terms the new Alfa Romeo TCT transmission consists of two gearboxes in parallel, each with its own clutch, which allows the selection and engagement of the subsequent gear while the previous one is still engaged. The gear is therefore changed with a simple gradual switch of the corresponding clutches, guaranteeing continuous torque delivery and therefore traction.

The result is a driving comfort and sporty feeling far superior to those offered by conventional automatic transmissions (with torque converter), as proven by greater speed of gear shift, the possibility of selecting between manual or automatic mode, and a near-zero power loss during the gear change. In addition, the purchasing, servicing and running costs are low, while fuel consumption is reduced, thanks also to the implementation of the Start&Stop system, by up to 10% compared with a traditional automatic hydraulic transmission with torque converter.

Other notable features of the new Alfa Romeo TCT are its flexibility of application, thanks to the compact size of its components, and the fact that it is a dry twin clutch which is the type of clutch that offers the highest degree of efficiency in terms of fuel consumption amongst all automatic transmissions.

Comparing dry clutches with oil bath or wet clutches system, it may be shown that dry clutches dissipate energy only during the actual slipping phase of the gear change and on pick-up, whereas wet clutches, which always operate in an oil bath, introduce losses due to viscous friction such as those of conventional automatic transmissions, even when they are not in operation. They also require forced cooling with oil, and therefore continuous energy expenditure to drive the dedicated oil pump which is absent in the case of dry clutches.

A ‘wet’ automatic transmission also requires approximately 4.8 litres more gearbox oil than the dry version, again for reasons of clutch cooling (in this way, weight is added and losses due to splashing increase). When all these effects are added together, a dry transmission is approximately 6 per cent more efficient than the corresponding wet one in terms of consumption.

The 'heart' of the success of the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta is an all-new platform that encompasses the chassis, the floorpan and the basic structure of the car as a whole. The new Compact platform employs a combination of advanced engineering and sophisticated technical solutions to ensure the Giulietta can accommodate the needs of all customers in this category. The result is a model that combines suitable safety credentials, Italian style, comfort and functionality with the dynamic qualities taken for granted in Alfa Romeos.

In addition, every customer can adapt the new car to their specific driving requirements thanks to Alfa Romeo’s D.N.A. selector. But this is just one of the electronic systems that the Compact platform was designed to integrate and exploit. Others, fitted as standard to every model in the range, include the Electronic Q2 differential and the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) system.

To ensure that the Giulietta fully lives up to the Alfa Romeo performance and sporting image, the new model now offers a choice of three power units. The 1.4 litre Alfa Romeo MultiAir engine in its 125 kW form provides the Giulietta with a blend of performance and economy makes it the ideal power unit for the entry level Giulietta, in both manual and TCT forms. It provides a 0-100 km/h time of 7.8 seconds, yet its combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 5.8 litres per 100 km. Its CO2 emission figure is 134 gm per km. Add the TCT gearbox and the 0-100 km/h time drops to 7.7 seconds, the combined fuel figure is reduced to 5.2 l/100 km (4.3 on the open road) and the CO2 figure falls to 121 g/km.

The JTDM-2 engine is equipped with a new variable geometry turbocharger. This new engine provides competitive performance levels with a top speed of 218 km/h, acceleration from 0 - 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds; a flexible driving responsiveness thanks to 350 Nm of torque at just 1,750 rpm in Dynamic mode. The fuel consumption and emissions levels – 4.5 l/100 km on the combined cycle and 119 g/km of CO2. Compliance with the Euro 5 emission values is ensured by using a close-coupled diesel particulate filter (CCDPF) and an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system in which all subcomponents are grouped into a single, compact element , the EGR module.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV gains the latest version of the 1750 TBi engine first seen late last year in the Alfa Romeo 159, with its output lifted from 147 kW to 173 kW, while the torque peak is 340 Nm in the DNA’s dynamic mode. This means that the Giulietta QV not only offers good straight line performance – the 0-100 km/h time is 6.8 seconds and it maxes at 242 km/h – it also provides a quality of in-gear performance that is more redolent of performance provided by a larger engine. Its combined fuel consumption figure is 7.6 litres per 100 km.

All Alfa Romeo Giuliettas share a long list of standard equipment. Electric windows all-round along with dual zone air conditioning and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors are all standard as are automatic dipping interior mirror, fog lights, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, leather steering wheel with audio controls, automatic wipers and lights, as well as the Blue&Me™ hands-free infotainment system.

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The Cloverleaf model gets sports suspension lowered by 10 mm, Sports Seats in mircofibre and leather with red stitching, Bose HiFi, dark tinted windows, sporty red brake callipers and 18” spoke design alloy wheels with a dark titanium finish.

Whichever the model, owners will get one of the safest Alfa Romeos that the Italian brand has put on the road.

The new Alfa Giulietta was recently awarded a EuroNCAP five-star crash safety rating with an overall score of 87/100. Scores for the Giulietta are 97% Adult Occupant, 85% Child Occupant, 63% Pedestrian Protection and 86% Safety Assist indicate Alfa Romeo has some work to do to improve the overall score.

Six airbags are standard (two of which are Multistage), plus three-point seatbelts with double pretensioners and load limit limiters, and SAHR (Self Aligning Head Restraints), a new second-generation device built into the backrests of the front seats that moves the head restraints closer to the occupants’ heads in the event of an impact, to lessen the effects of whiplash.

Finally, in the field of preventive safety, the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta uses headlights with Daytime Running Lights that are automatically switched on when the engine is started – to meet a specific European standard that will come into force in 2012 – and LED tail lights, brighter than conventional bulbs, for extra safety.

The Giulietta has six airbags plus an array of electronic devices designed to let drivers extract the maximum from their Alfa Romeo while staying safe at all times. There’s ABS anti-lock braking with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) - Alfa Romeo’s interpretation of Electronic Stability Programme; Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), Hydraulic Brake Assistance (HBA) and the new Pre-Fill function for the brakes.

Manufacturer's List Prices*

The 2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range opens with 1.4 TB in manual form at $36,990* and TCT is $38,990*. The new Giulietta JTDM-2 with the TCT gearbox as standard has a price of $41,990* and the range topping Giulietta QV is priced at $41,990*.

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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