Alfa Romeo's Giulietta compact is a key launch for the Fiat S.p.A.-owned Italian sports car brand, which has seen sales decline to 102,000 cars last year from 152,000 in 2006.
The sporty hatchback will replace the 9-year-old 147 in Europe when it enters showrooms this summer. There are no plans to sell the Giulietta in North America.
The Giulietta is the first Fiat Group vehicle to use the company's Compact platform, which will also be used in North America for new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles due to launch in 2012-2013. The next Fiat Group car to get the platform will be the Fiat Bravo replacement after 2013.
The Giulietta will be the third Alfa car of that name. Alfa produced the first-generation Giulietta as a sedan and coupe between 1954 and 1965. The second generation, a sedan only, was built between 1977 and 1985.