Wednesday 22 June 2011
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (series 116) is an automobile manufactured by the Italian car maker Alfa Romeo. The car was introduced in November 1977 and while it took its name from the original Giulietta of 1954 to 1965, it was a new design based on the Alfa Romeo Alfetta chassis (including its rear mounted transaxle).
At the beginning, two engines were available: 1.3 L (1,357 cc, 95 PS/70 kW) and 1.6 L (1,570 cc, 109 PS/80 kW). In May 1979, just under two years later, a 1.8 L engine (1,779 cc, 122 PS/90 kW) was added, and the following May the Super Giulietta with a 2 litre engine (1,962 cc, 130 PS/96 kW) appeared. In summer 1981 the Giulietta received a minor facelift, externally and internally, while the engines remained the same. In late 1983 the "84" Giulietta (Series 3) was presented, with minor differences in appearance. The smaller 1.3 version was no longer available in the third series Giulietta.
While it was a conventional three-box sedan body style, a defining point of difference was at the rear, where there was a short boot, and a small aerodynamic spoiler, integrated into the body. The Giulietta was only offered in sedan form, but there were several station wagon conversions made.
The largest market for the Giulietta was South Africa, where a very successful TV advertising campaign by Alfa Romeo produced good sales between 1981 and 1984. Central to this campaign was emphasis of the Giulietta's new 'aerodynamic' line, which was carried over to the 75, and then the 33. The Giulietta was the 'last hurrah' for Alfa in South Africa before the appearance of the 164 and 156 models in the 1990s.
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1779 cc
- horsepower: 120 HP
- gearbox: 5+1
- top speed: 185 km/h