ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA TCT
Vehicle type: Small car. Timing: February
The appeal of Alfa’s small car will increase exponentially in 2012 with the launch of the six-speed ‘TCT’ dual-clutch transmission and a diesel engine. The new gearbox will be teamed with the existing entry-level 125kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine as well as the new 125kW/350Nm 2.0-litre JTDM diesel powerplant. The TCT-equipped petrol variant will use around 5.2 litres of fuel per 100km, while the diesel TCT promises economy of around 4.5L/100km. Expect prices to slot in at a similar point to the current two-vehicle line-up, which ranges from $36,990 to $41,990. Alfa Romeo’s Australian distributor Ateco Automotive believes the new drivetrains will help it sell around 3500 Giuliettas in 2012, up from approximately 530 in 2011.