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Giulia is Car of the Year

by Bill Cawthon on

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is Motor Trend’s 2018 Car of the Year. This is the first-ever COTY award for Alfa Romeo, the first for an Italian marque, and the first for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The last Chrysler vehicle to win the Motor Trend honors was the 2005 Chrysler 300, during the DaimlerChrysler period.

The Alfa was one of eight finalists, including the Honda Accord, Honda Civic Type R, Kia Rio, Kia Stinger, Lexus LC, Porsche Panamera, and Tesla Model 3. The selection was made following a week of testing at an automaker proving ground in California.

Motor Trend’s judges made their decision based on what Edward Loh, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, described as “the sheer joy that the Alfa Romeo Giulia puts back into driving.”

The judges were impressed by the base Giulia’s performance capabilities and premium touches, while one judge said the line-topping Quadrifoglio is “the best pure sports sedan you can buy today.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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