Alfa Romeo announces shortlist of twelve names for public vote
2 November 2007

We’re all for a bit of democracy here at Autocar. That why the news that Alfa Romeo isn’t spending a five figure sum on a focus group scheme to decide the name of its new Mini-rivalling supermini came as a welcome surprise.Instead, it's allowing the general public to decide what its new upmarket hatchback, hitherto referred to as the Junior, will be called. And you can have a say.Last month, Alfa Romeo opened the contest to all of Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England and Japan, and challenged all and sundry to come up with a name for the new car. Yesterday it announced the second phase of the competition, as part of which it has selected a shortlist of 12 names, two from each country, for everyone to vote on. The full list of potential names is below; to cast your vote, click here.The UK vote is being held in collaboration with Top Gear, but to hell with petit commercial differences; the future name of a potentially great Alfa Romeo is at stake here, and there are prizes to be won. In case you’re in any doubt, that name shouldn’t be Enos. Our only confusion is to why Alfa’s classic ‘Junior,’ ‘Giulia’ and ‘Giulietta’ names aren’t there to vote for. Here's the list, along with a few notes of translation that we looked up. Voting ends on 15 November.Agea EnosEverso (Latin for 'destroyer')FiraFuriosa (which means 'mad' in Italian)MiloModNevoSolea ('festive' in Latin)Sparvo (which translates from Latin as 'scatter')VelvettaVentura (Italian for a 'soft breeze')

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2 November 2007

Surely there can only be one name.

Alfasud.

2 November 2007

Alfasud would be the name to chose, however given the current theme within Alfa Romeo, how about numbering it 139?

3 November 2007

Its difficult for us, I hate the numbers things with Alfas, but it needs to be Italian. Fiat has Cinquecento for the 500 which is great name. It needs to be an Italian word but if they come up with another like Brera I think it will be a shame. Sud is a great idea but it will have to handle well to deserve that monicer.

3 November 2007

Out of the 12 names to choose from 'Nevo' is definitely out, Portugese for 'I snow'!?! Sticking with Portugese 'Fira' means 'it wounds'. Don't really know what they're trying to say here?? What's wrong with 'GT Junior'? Conjures up classic Alfas which were small, good looking, and sporty.

3 November 2007

I'm not overtly convinced by all of Alfa's suggestions, though Fira and Ventura are the better ones. I reckon though that the Alfa's supermini should be called Sprint.

3 November 2007

I have a deep affection for a nation that covets Lamborghini, Ferrarri and Alfa Romeo. The food is also the best in Europe!

A true nation with more classical taste and design, than anyone else can shake a ****** stick at!!

Let them decide.

5 November 2007

Perhaps we should let them know that Milo is a hot milky drink in Australia and New Zealand, rather like Ovaltine. Maybe not quite the image they would like?

Adsa

5 November 2007

I don't like any of the suggested names but if it can't be 'AlfaSud' (maybe they're holding it back for the 147 replacement), then why not retain 'Junior' - it's cheeky, it's apt and it has heritage Shoot the PR department and listen to us elderly Alfanistas ;)>

5 November 2007

I like Alfa Romeo Hardon.

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