The Alfa Romeo MiTo is classified as a 3-door luxury supermini and was introduced to the public in June of 2008 at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy. This vehicle had an international introduction to various markets throughout the world in 2008 at the British Motor Show. The MiTo became available in all major markets in a series of stages beginning in July. The three-door hatchback version of this vehicle uses front-wheel drive and was sold with the MINI as well as the latest Audi A1 at the time. The design for this vehicle was created by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo and was heavily influenced by the 8C Competizione.
The MiTo uses the Fiat Small platform which is also used on the Fiat Grande Punto along with the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa D. There were a total of 200,000 Mitos built between 2008 and 2012 Initially, this vehicle was named the “Junior”. A competition was launched in Europe in 2007, challenging the public to come up with the best name for this vehicle. The person who won in each of their respective countries could win the vehicle itself and the wining name was “Furiosa”, which tested well in many different countries, including Germany, France, UK, and Italy.
It was officially announced in March of 2008 that Alfa Romeo would be naming this vehicle the “MiTo” instead, which combines the abbreviations of the cities Milano or Milan and Torino or Turin. The MiTo was designed with a new Afla DNA system which allos the driver to choose between three different driving settings, including Dynamic, Normal, and All-Weather. This new system has a direct effect on the engine, changing the way it behaves to conform to certain driving conditions or preferences of the driver. This vehicle also has LED taillights as well as 250 liters or 8.8 cubic feet of luggage space. There is also a Q2 electronic differential locatd on the front wheels which can be activated by the DNA switch in the Dynamic position, allowing for faster and tight handling around corners without losing traction.
The GTA concept is the sportier version of the MiTo and was first introduced to the public in March of 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show as a prototype. This concept car comes with a 1.8 liter turbocharged engine which features direct fuel injection as well as variable valve timing for the inlet and exhaust. The GTO is capable of producing up to 240 PS or 237 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-100km in just 5 seconds.
The MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde version of this vehicle was introduced to the public in 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The QV version of this vehicle uses the new 1.4 liter 170 PS or 168 horsepower Multiair engine as well as a newly engineered suspension and six-speed C635 gearbox which was developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies. Because of the new multiair technology, fuel consumption is 6 liters per 100 kilometers, or 47 mpg.
There is also the Maserati Version of the Mitos which was announced in 2010 as part of their limited 100 car series. This vehicle was delivered to Maserati dealerships in countries all across Europe. The Maserati version uses the same 125 kW or 170 PS engine as the Quadrifoglo Verde as well as a new color called “Blu Oceano” for the body. There is also aluminum ickplates along with a badge of HVAC controls which has the words “Alfa Romeo Maserati” on it. As far as safety is concerned, the MiTo has several different airbags throughout and received a “good” result from the Euro NCAP rear impact test for whiplash. This car received a 5/5 star rating for adult occupants, a 3/5 star rating for child occupants, and a 2/5 star rating for pedestrians.