16 2016 a110 abarth christchurch alfa 4c alfa christchurch alfa giulia alfa nz alfa romeo alfa romeo 4c alfa romeo christchurch alfa romeo giulia alfa romeo new zealand alfa romeo nz alpine award captur car of the year car park china classic cars clio rs collectors vehicles collector vehicles developing distinction euromarque european vehicles expert tips f1 ferrari fiat fiat 500l fiat abarth new zealand fiat christchurch fiat nz formula 1 ghibli, giulia giulietta grancabrio grand prix granturismo guilia haval infiniti italian jaguar koleos levante macan maserati maserati christchurch maserati ghibli s maserati levante maserati levante christchurch maserati levante new zealand maserati multi 70 maserati new zealand maserati nz maserati suv maserati tipo 151 megane monaco f1 gp monaco historique new zealand nurburgring pope francis porsche quattroporte qv renaul christchurch renault renault captur renault captur christchurch renault captur new zealand renault christchurch renault clio renault clio christchurch renault clio rs renault clio rs christchurch renault clio special renault electric renault electric vans renault kangoo ze renault master renault megane renault new zealand renault nz renault review renault sport renault zoe rs sailing simon gault stelvio suv track, trofeo vintage cars
In naming the Giulia, Motor Trend cited "the sheer joy" that goes with driving the sleek car.
One of the most prestigious awards in the auto world was just awarded to a car that most Americans probably still barely know.
Or maybe don't know at all.
The Motor Trend Car of the Year is the Alfa Romeo Giulia, a powerful, sporty and luxury vehicle loaded with Italian style from a brand that's still trying to gain a foothold in the US.
Motor Trend also gave its coveted golden calipers to Ford's F-150 pickup as Truck of the Year and Honda's CR-V as SUV of the Year. But it's the car award that always garners the most attention.
In naming the Giulia, Motor Trend cited "the sheer joy" that goes with driving the sleek car. And, of course, there's its engine, a 2-liter, four-cylinder motor with twin-turbochargers that puts out 280 horsepower. Motor Trend said Giulia has "a racy engine response and dynamic handling without a rough ride."
It's a big win for Fiat Chrysler, which has been struggling to introduce the Alfa Romeo brand in an upscale luxury market. Besides Giulia, it also has the Stelvio SUV.
The award comes as the Los Angeles Auto Show is due to open to the public this weekend.