• Nov 21st 2007 at 7:59AM
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Furiosa. That's what the new hatchback from Alfa Romeo will be called, by virtue of an international competition to choose the car's name.

The Italian automaker is getting farther away from the Alfa-numeric (pun intended) nomenclature and giving its models more emotive nameplates instead. The web contest offered online voters a choice of twelve names, and Furiosa got the most votes, beating out Agea, Enos, Everson, Fira, Milo, Mod, Nevo, Solea, Sparvo, Velvetta and Ventura. While some proposals had merit, some of the rejected names were a little cheesy (try to figure out which).

So we can stop calling it the Alfa Junior. The Furiosa is anticipated to make its debut at the Geneva show in March. We're so there.

[Source: Motor Authority]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a Volvo C30 to me...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice sketch and name but I wanna see sheet metal...we've all seen good concepts go bad...Jaguar XF anyone?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What an awesome and beautiful design! If you want beauty and passion, you have to go to the Italians! If the Japanese or Koreans ever actually put beautiful and creative design onto their flawless mechanicals, it would be a revolution indeed. Instead they are all absolutely drab, to a one (well maybe the Acura TL). One beautiful hatchback! Georgeous! Furiosa... sounds like a fruity soda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From a SKETCH, that looks good. We'll see if/when/how it translates into formed minerals on tree extracted circular traction devices.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lame, "furiosa" in spanish means angry or furious but more especifically is used to describe an angry lady.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There was an article recently on the Italiaspeed site. It was quoting, I believe, the CEO of Fiat. He said that he would be keeping an eye on how well the Smart car does here. If it sells well enough, we might not only see the Fiat 500 (the main purpose of the story), but also the Alfa Furiosa. Very exciting. So if you want to see those cars over here, go buy a Smart next year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow... this post is a bit cheesy but I do love it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i would have voted for Agea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't understand why the Italian companies get away with naming their cars with mundane words, just because the words are in Italian. If they were in English, they would sound awful. The Alfa Angry. Maserati Four Door. Ferrari 360 Dearborn. Fiat Big Point. Ferrari Red Head. The list goes on. I wonder what actual Italians (and perhaps Spanish or Portuguese speakers) think of the names, because the language doesn't sound exotic to them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        as an Italian, I find the names to be pretty ok. Of course, there are old jokes here about how Fiat comes up with names for it's cars, but none are considered weird. Well, not any weirder than Toyota's Aygo, Yaris, Auris and gibberish.
        The 360's name comes from a city's name, and 90% of Italian city names mean something in latin, and I'm surprised you find this weird. Did I mention we couldn't care less about a Ferrari's NAME?

        There have been endless criticisms about the 12 selected names for the Alfa, half of which sounded like korean air conditioning units. Furiosa, while not being the best name possible, isn't that bad.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Volkswagen gets away with Golf, Polo and Rabbit. Don't those confuse you? I'm both Portuguese and Italian and the names you mentioned don't sound odd to me.

        'Furiosa' doesn't sound silly to me, but I think this car deserves a better name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wish Fiat would get with it with Alfa, improve the quality and bring them over here to the states because their cars are gorgeous! Performance is excellent, but build is still suspect, unless the have like a 10yr/100K warranty or something.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Congratulations, psarhjinian, you've managed to dismiss not only the world's largest and second and largest car makers but also about pretty much every European manufacturer as well. If only they'd listened to you!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Alfa is coming back to the States, starting with the 8C and later the Spider and Brera. Hopefully they will have a full product line over here within a few years, because this hatch looks excellent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like Velvetta, because in the US everyone would call it the Alfa Velveeta! It melts better than cheddar!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was just remembering how much I wish we could see more of the beautiful (and somewhat quirky) Renault, Fiat, or Citroen/Peugeot designs here in the states. The new Fiat 500 would be a total home run in our present fuel thrifty market for example.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i liked "Fira" ...that would have been a nice name for a hatchback. maybe that means something bad in some other country.
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