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Engine of the Year

The revolutionary MultiAir engine currently fitted on the Alfa MiTo won the prestigious “Engine of the Year” award in the best new engine of the year category. Developed and produced by Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo engines with power ratings between 135 and 170 HP, set new standards in terms of efficiency. With its 124 HP/litre, the 170 HP range leader, in particular, notches up a particularly high specific power that ensures sporty performance with record-breaking fuel consumption and emissions. With cylinder-by-cylinder, stroke-by-stroke direct air intake control and without a throttle valve, multi award-winning MultiAir technology cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10%, while obtaining 10% more power and 15% more torque. Furthermore, precise combustion control also reduces polluting emissions. MultiAir is versatile technology that can easily be applied to all petrol engines. Interesting potential developments are in store for diesel engines too. The “Best New Engine of the Year” prize was awarded by an international panel made up of 65 specialist journalists from 32 countries. “A lot of power combined with low emissions makes the 1.4 an excellent engine. When we also look at fuel consumption, the MultiAir Turbo is truly an outstanding power unit. It is easy to understand why it received the prize of "best engine of the year”, declared Dean Slavnich, Joint Chairman of the Competition and Owner of the magazine Engine Technology International.

Euro NCAP 5-star rating

The Alfa Romeo MiTo has been awarded a prestigious five-star Euro NCAP rating, setting it at the top of its segment in the field of safety. The "most sporty mini ever" also notched up a score of 36 points out of a maximum of 37 in the adult Euro NCAP ranking, confirming the car as the best in its class. The MiTo's record in the field of safety was achieved thanks to: Vehicle Dynamic Control, Electronic Q2, 7 airbags as standard, Hill Holder, “active electronic steering” DST (Dynamic Steering Torque), traction control, S.A.H.R. (anti-whiplash system), assisted panic braking, MSR to prevent wheel locking during overrun, tail-lights with LED and three-point seatbelts with dual pretensioners and load limiters.

Auto Europa 2009

Just a few months after it was launched, the MiTo became Auto Europa 2009, a title awarded to vehicles built and marketed in Europe that offer the public the best mix of technology, style and value for money. The Auto Europa prize was established in 1987 and is the most important award from the specialist Italian press bestowed by Uiga (Italian Union of Automotive Journalists). Other Alfa Romeo vehicles have previously been chosen for this prize, namely the Alfa Romeo 156 (1998) and the Alfa Romeo 166 (1999).

Other accolades

2009 - Designing Prize – Greece
2009 - Best looking car of the year - France
2008 - Newcomer of the year - Readers of Quattroruote magazine
2008 - My favourite car - Readers of Quattroruote magazine
2008 - Best looking car of 2008 - Repubblica.it

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