Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge divisions may not be the flavour of the month/year/decade/century, but Alfa Romeo continues to shine. From an ANCAP viewpoint, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio have passed the latest round of tests with the brand achieving some of the highest ever scores in the area of Adult Occupant Protection.
Here’s what ANCAp had to say about the two Italian stallions.
“The latest independent safety assessments from vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, have revealed two top performers with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio equalling the highest scores recorded to date in the area of Adult Occupant Protection.
The Giulia mid-sized sedan recorded a score of 98 percent, closely followed by the brand’s medium SUV offering, the Stelvio, scoring 97 per cent.1
Both Alfa Romeo models achieved a 5-star ANCAP safety rating with good performance across all four key areas of assessment. This rating applies to all 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel Giulia and Stelvio variants.
“These are impressive scores which reflect the effort the brand has put into designing vehicles to keep occupants safe,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“With Adult Occupant Protection we look at how a vehicle performs structurally across a range of destructive crash tests, but also how well the restraint systems work to minimise injury. Low-speed autonomous emergency braking also forms part of this, with both Alfa Romeo models performing well.”
The images below, taken from the ANCAP press release are a bit fuzzy. If you’d like to explore the test results in detail, visit ANCAP
Curiously enough and well understood by this writer, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV (Quadrifoglio) wasn’t tested – perhaps it’s the price?
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My reviews aren’t based on power performance or high-speed handling capacity. They’re not based on 0-100 Kim/hr of 4.0 seconds. And they’re certainly not super luxury vehicles that many other “old timers” are feted on by the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin
Back when I started in the motor industry salespeople were schooled and skilled in a process called the road to the sale. Part of that process was a presentation of the car that the customer was ultimately considering,
The six position sell showed the features, advantages, and benefits as it related to that specific car in the eyes and thought process of that particular customer
Those days of a true car sales professional seem to have gone.
Nowadays it seems that all salespeople want to do is accept that the customer knows everything about the car they’re interested in, want to crunch the customer as quickly as possible and get the next sale
In my opinion, this is one of the reasons that there’s such a high turnover in salespeople in this industry of ours.
Now I think that I’m a car industry expert, not because I sell lots of cars, but, as I was taught over 40yeras ago, time sells motor cars.
The more time you spend with a customer, the more information you provide them and the more you’re there for them Even AFTER they take delivery of their new car, the more repeat and referral business you’ll get.
Typically second and subsequent sales only provide 10% of a car salespersons business. Referral business, where an existing customer refers a friend, relation or work colleague back tot eh selling salesperson as someone to trust and buy a car from is even less – probably 5%
So, if you’re a young salesperson reading this article, let me tell you that you should be getting 40-50% of your business from repeat and referral business.
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For your interest, my motoring reviews are my opinion of the vehicle I’m testing. The manufacturer or distributor, in this case, Kia Australia, doesn’t tell me what to write or ask for a ‘nice’ review. Nor am I paid for these reviews – I simply call it as I see it.
I often wonder about the ‘truth’ that I see from other motoring journalists. And I’m particularly referring to newspapers, online forums, and magazines where the company that owns the publication receives substantial advertising support from the various manufacturers.
Do the owners or editors tell their journalists to go easy on the review? I’m not sure, never having been in that position. Would I turn to softer reviews if my company was being paid for good reviews? Not likely. My independence as a writer is not for sale. I’d rather say no than be bought.
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