It is interesting to note that the European authorities are now beginning to realize that Diesel engines are worse for smog than they had thought in general, and that they might have to curtail the production of them in the future.
The diesel Giulietta we drove in Italy performed pretty well, except I kept bouncing the engine off the ridiculously low rev limit, and missed being able to run it higher as we were used to with our gas powered cars. Also, the sound was not Alfa as we know it here in the States. The car came with a 6 speed transmission, which we thought was just fine, although we rarely had the opportunity to get into 6th gear. A gas powered version of that car would have been a treat, and could have been a purchase possibility here in the States for us. More so than what we are seeing in the new Giulia, IMO.
So far, I've not gotten excited about going over to the nearby dealer to take a look at the Giulia, esp since the local government has passed a new car tab tax which would mean that in buying a new car, we would pay ~20% more just for sales tax and tab tax. The almost worthless LS, 91S, and Milano we have are looking pretty good at this point in time.
Noting JC's comments about the size of the windows, that's something we've noticed in newer cars, is that you end up realizing just how much better the window sizes are in the older cars, so that you could look out easily. Small high windows, esp the rear side and back windows, seem to be a trend now that we really dislike.
89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 03-10-2017 at 10:11 AM.