Alfa Romeo MiTo Confirmed for Australia, Sales Start in July

Alfa's new sporty hatchback, the MiTo, will be arriving on Australian shores this July, the Italian automaker announced today. In order to maintain a certain sporty pedigree, Alfa has decided to offer the MiTo in Australia only with the 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine, that will be available in two guises with 120HP (88kW) and 155HP (114kW), both matched to six-speed manual gearboxes. While the Italian carmaker has yet to announce pricing, the firm states that Aussie buyers will be 'pleasantly surprised".

"We cannot release the prices and specifications yet," said Edward Butler, General Manager for Alfa Romeo in Australia Edward Butler. "But Alfa Romeo has a real value for money reputation across its range, so not only do I think people will pleasantly surprised when we announce prices and specifications in July. I think anyone looking for a car that offers the blend of style, performance and luxury that sets all Italian cars apart from the rivals should wait until to July for MiTo."

In Europe, the MiTo is offered with a broader range of engines that include two entry level - yet asthmatic- 1.4-liter gasoline units with 78HP and 95HP as well as 1.3- and 1.6-liter turbodiesels producing 90 and 120HP respectively. Alfa's future plans include the introduction of a GTA model with a 240HP 1.8-liter turbo engine that was previewed in concept form earlier this year.