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Motor Trend Names the Alfa Romeo Giulia Its 2018 Car of the Year

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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Even in the midst of the Giulia’s many other awards, this is a pretty big deal

Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S. automotive market has been met with much fanfare, and, as a result, plenty of awards. A good portion of these titles and trophies have been distributed to the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The latest award in the Giulia’s ever-growing collection is the title of Motor Trend’s 2018 Car of the Year.

As with any of Motor Trend’s “Of the Year” vehicle awards, the Car of the Year is evaluated using six criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, efficiency, value, and performance of intended function. The Giulia managed to impress in each of these automotive areas.

Before the models included in the running for Motor Trend’s Car of the Year title were directly compared to one another, the automotive publication first put them through a series of performance tests. Once the tests were concluded, the Giulia was included in the list of the eight competition finalists.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

The Quadrifoglio model of the Giulia only adds to an already-impressive performance

This isn’t all that shocking, given the Alfa Romeo model’s performance capabilities. Using a 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine that produces 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia can race from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Upgrading to the Giulia Quadrifoglio simply increases those performance-based attributes. The Quadrifoglio model delivers 505 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds.

“Motor Trend’s judges agreed that the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the new ultimate driving machine,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend’s Editor-in-Chief. “Alfa Romeo developed a car that is perhaps the finest handling sedan on the market.”

When Fiat Chrysler reintroduced Alfa Romeo back to America, it had hoped for the Giulia to dominate the performance vehicle market. If Motor Trend’s recent announcement is any indication, the automaker is well on its way to that goal.