So the contest has a winner: The new baby Alfa is going to be named "Furiosa." After a contest in 6 countries (Italy, Germany, UK, Spain, France and Japan), Alfa has decided that the smallest Alfa Romeo is going to be named "Furious". The list of all the names that were selected for the contest were: Agea, Enos, Everso, Fira, Furiosa, Milo, Mod, Nevo, Solea, Sparvo, Velvetta and Ventura.

The model accomplishes two important targets for the Milanese marque: it will cover a very interesting segment of the market (18 to 30 year-olds) and it will use smaller engines that will move down the average CO2 emissions of the brand. Alfa is using the Furiosa to have a small entry model: the current 147 is becoming the 149 in 2008, growing in size. The 149 denomination will be kept for the 5-door C-segment (think Golf, Focus) and the Furiosa will become the only 3-door Alfa available.

The Furiosa will be built on the Fiat Grande Punto platform and will use the new generation of small yet powerful T-Jet engines already seen in Fiats, from 120 to 200 HP. The car will also have a set of diesel engines, between 100 and 150 HP.

So, we have a new competitor (at least in Europe) for the Mini, BMW 1 Series and the upcoming Audi A1. Prices are expected to start from about 16,000 EUR.

[Source: Auto News]


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