• Oct 2nd 2009 at 8:29AM
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If you're looking at spy shots of a European hatchback and wondering, "Why should I care?", we'll tell you why. This car is, in all likelihood, coming to America. The test mule was snapped while stopped by local police, which isn't something you see every day. Oh, and it was near the Nurburgring, to boot.
The car in question is the Alfa Romeo Milano, one of a handful of new models being developed by the Italian automaker with the North American market in mind. While the MiTo effectively replaced the three-door version of the aging Alfa 147, the Milano replaces the five-door variant. Styling is fully expected to follow the example set by the MiTo and 8C Competizione, and sources suggest that the Milano could be ready for public debut at the upcoming Geneva show in March, so stay tuned.

We couldn't tell you definitively why the German police pulled the test driver over, but considering that Italian cars tend to encourage a heavy right foot and the car's proximity to the 'Ring, we can hazard a guess or two.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Man the bag boys at my local grocery store dress in a better uniform than the German Police.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which of the two uniformed policemen are you talking about? The green/yellow or the darkblue/white?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice-looking!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sticking with the numbers? Tradition? Alfa *is* returning to tradition. The 149 replacement will be called the Giulia, after all. (Anti-mafia cops everywhere, beware).

      As for the MiTo being the 147 replacement - not true. The MiTo is a whole class of car smaller than the 147, thus entering a whole new segment for Alfa, to compete with the likes of Mini, Fiat's 500 and the upcoming Audi supermini. The 147 would be more comparable with the BMW 1-series, Audi A3, high-end VW Golf, et al. The Milano will likely come in both three- and five-door variations, while the MiTo will possibly spawn a five-door version of it's own, though I'm not certain there is demand for such a thing.

      From the previous article on the Milano, however, this looks like a re-dressed version of the 147 with a whole new front-end and a slightly tinkered rear light cluster. No great shakes, in my opinion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone's getting fired. :-D
      • 5 Years Ago
      heh, its fully new car
      • 5 Years Ago
      They're looking in the trunk for 2,700 small animals... or the car probably didn't have a license plate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are you not sticking with the numbers Alfa? Please don't break tradition! Call it the 148 or something!
      • 5 Years Ago
      A very odd site indeed. The driver is standing outside his car without the cops screaming at him to get back in the vehicle.

      Unless it's changed in the last decade, I remember it being rude to not exit your vehicle during a traffic stop. Here, you've got guns drawn on you if you don't feel like sitting in your car and being intimidated. That, of course, is one of the positives of SUVs. You're up so high most cops have a hard time scanning the interior of your car while they talk to you.

      No, I don't break the law, I just work with a few cops. ;)

      Oh yeah, and here's to hoping this makes it stateside through Fiat/Chrysler sooner than later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The German police are wondering what an Italian car is doing cruising around Germany. Very suspicious indeed.
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