Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4 Multiair Distinctive

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4 Multiair Distinctive

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Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw

AS 2011 drew to a close, Alfa Romeo was basking in the glory of an increased market share, the Italian car manufacturer having recorded a volume share increase of 30.8% while also posting the highest yearly new registration figure for the marque since 2002 of 11,563 cars.

In a market where average share decreased by 4.4%, Alfa Romeo bucked the trend by gaining the third largest increase for the year.

The success has been down to a combination of factors, from the latest product line-up to its improved dealer network and the competitive finance and incentive offers available on each model at dealerships.

Both the sporty compact Alfa MiTo and stylish Giulietta hatchback have helped the marque gain a new customer following by becoming a quite credible alternative to mainstream German rivals.

I have just tried out the MiTo Sports Compact, which has recently been subject to change and now boasts some nine derivatives based on Sprint, Progression, Distinctive, Quadrifoglio Verde trims which have taken over from the original Turismo, Lusso, Veloce and Cloverleaf models.

With pricing from pounds 12,250 to pounds 18,755 there is much to choose from in a three-door supermini line-up which promises much to entertain.

Arguably the most popular of the new line of Alfa MiTos, the 1.4-litre TB MultiAir Distinctive model paired with a smooth five-speed manual gearbox is an excellent roadway companion.

It is named after Milan and Turin, the places where it was designed and put together, and it is styled in typical head-turning Italian fashion.

Generously kitted out, the former Veloce model comes featuring the likes of manual climate control, radio with audio CD and MP3 player, electric front windows with antiintrusion sensors, seven airbags, front airbag deactivation on driver's side, trip computer, aluminium kickplates, chrome effect window sills, sports dials with white illumination, red-painted Brembo brake calipers and chrome headlight, wing mirror and rear surrounds. …

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