18.10.2010 FIRST MAJOR AWARD UNDER ITS BELT AS ALFA GIULIETTA IS VOTED "AUTO EUROPA 2011"

ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA - AUTO EUROPA 2011

LíUnione Italiana Giornalisti dell'Automotive (UIGA) has handed Alfa Romeo's new Giulietta its first major award, voting it Auto Europa 2011, meaning that it is the second time in three years that the Italian brand has claimed the prestigious prize from Italy's leading automotive specialist journalists. This year was the 25th edition of the awards of the Turin-based UIGA which was founded in 1954.

In the end the list of 41 contenders for the "2011" prize came down to a final showdown for the title between the new five-door hatchback Giulietta, which has has this year replaced the long-running Alfa 147 in C-segment, and CitroŽn's DS3, however the former eased clear to eventually collect 349 points to the French car's 300 points. A very distant third place went to another Gallic creation, Peugeot's RCZ, which picked up 125 points, while the top-five was completed by Volvo's S60 (122 points) and BMW 5-series sedan (100 points).

This is the fifth time that Alfa Romeo has won the "Auto Europa" award and comes very soon after the B-segment MiTo hatchback won just two years ago. The other three winners for Alfa Romeo were the 166 (1999), 156 (1998) and 164 (1988). To qualify for the award consideration a car has to have been on sale within the 27 member states of the EU since September 1 back to the previous August 31 and to have been manufactured during that period in a quantity of at least 10,000 units.

According to the jury, the Giulietta came out on top in three of the five main judging categories: "design and aerodynamics", "performance, fuel economy and emissions" and "technology, safety and innovation". The President of the UIGA, Pierluigi Bonora, described the revival of the Giulietta name tag as a "renaissance in modern terms". He added that: "This model, preferred by members of the union, combines the best of Italian style and technology that is made-in-Turin and addresses both greater efficiency and improved security."
 

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