BALOCCO, Italy -- Alfa Romeo will charge a 600-euro (about $900) premium for MiTo variants equipped with parent Fiat S.p.A.'s new MultiAir fuel-saving technology.
The MiTo is the first car to offer the variable valve timing system that Fiat considers a breakthrough because it provides more power while decreasing CO2 output and improving fuel economy. In most cars, an increase in power means higher CO2 and worse fuel economy.
In Italy, a MiTo with MultiAir will start at 17,400 euros.
Alfa says the 1.4-liter MiTo with MultiAir offers a power boost of more than 20 percent and a CO2 reduction of more than 10 percent compared with the gasoline-powered version of the car without the technology (See chart below)