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Baby Alfa to be called Mito
By Yoann Besnard on 29 February 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
The future small Alfa Romeo or Progetto955 came under the spotlights as two information were revealed: the baby Alfa night be christened Mito and will be unveiled to the dealer ship on March 18th.
Last year, the Italian marque had launched a poll in partnership with car magazines to choose the future name of the Progetto955. Among the list, ‘Furiosa’ came first, but Alfa didn’t find the elected name suitable for all languages. It appears that the company has chosen a two syllabus word: Mito. This short name combines both the cities of MI-lano and TO-rino together. It will be easy to remember or to confuse with a certain MIni at least.
While the car will officially unveiled in July, Alfa Romeo will show the final model to the dealer sheep in less than three weeks. The car will go on sale from September in Italy and in Europe after the Paris Motor Show.
The Alfa Mito will be available with a wide range of engines, a 95bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, a Multiair 105bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox and a 1.6-litre turbocharged unit with either 135bhp or 165bhp. The topping petrol engine will be a 1.8-litre turbocharged which will have a power output of 230bhp. Along the petrol engines, Alfa will offer only one diesel engine, the 120bhp 1.6-litre unit.
The car is expected to cost £11,500 for the entry level model which is similar to the £11,625 required by the Mini One.
Source: Italiaspeed and Autoweek