Thanks to a well-timed brochure arrival and enticing voucher giveaway with every test drive, I’ve been seriously toying with getting to grips with a new Citroen C3 recently. However, being a child of the 80’s and a product of a youth spent hunting for princesses with Italian plumbers and defending the earth from alien attack…. this advert means I’m now severely tempted to call up a Kent Alfa Romeo dealer and take a spin in a MiTo instead / aswell…
Is it wrong that I’m so easily lead? Or am I actually the target-market for Alfa Romeo and their little MiTo and their ad agency knows exactly how to attract me; with a little slab of nostalgia for arcade games?
I never thought I’d say this, but I think Tom Hanks should shut his gob. Considering how many times I watched Big as a child I never thought I’d say this but I think the guys losing the plot.
While promoting his latest failure-of-a-film, old Tom was asked what happened to the love scenes in the film and his answer was:
“We were like, ‘Isn’t there a bigger car with a bigger backseat?’ But we were stuck with an Alfa Romeo so we didn’t have an opportunity to grab some smooching on the way to the Pantheon or the Piazza Del Poppolo. ”
Seriously? That’s your complaint about this film? Of all the things to find fault in, it’s the fact that you’re driving through Italy with a gorgeous woman and you’re “stuck” driving a nice (albeit product placement) shiny new model of one of the best Italian cars out there?
Quite frankly, Tom, I’d happily swap with you. Hell you can ditch Rome too, I’d be happy enough to drive a new Alfa Romeo around Kent with Audrey Tautou by my side.
There’s plenty more complaining in the interview too – how hard it is to run in one of the most architecurally stunning cities around, the fact that they had to stop filming at the Panthenon for – shock, horror – a wedding but my personal favourite is: “when people are paying $10 to get their money’s worth, and you have them come out of the theater and say, ‘Hey, I have something to think about and talk about,’ that’s a good reaction. So watch the crowd at the theater. ”
I know what I was thinking when I saw the Da Vinci Code: ‘why does Tom Hanks keep signing up for such rubbish and can I get those two hours of my life back.’
It’s a hard life, being paid millions to go off filming in some of the most stunning locations in the world but I suppose someone’s got to do it. I just wish he wouldn’t make it sound like such a burden. What happened to ‘it was a blast, I got to tool around in a new Alfa with a beautiful woman, watch Ewan be a vicar and act old some old pony about a conspiracy’ ?
If there’s two things I like it’s spy-shots of cars and Alfa Romeos. So imagine my delight when I found this on the net:
It’s the soon-to-be-launched, new Alfa Romeo Milano on a break from testing in Europe during the winter. Now the light and the black finish (not to mention the wheels) don’t do much for it but imagine this in silver or that luscious red they do and I think they’ve got another winner on their hands.
Plus, if the dial with Fiat and Chrysler gets sorted and through, this could very well be the first new Alfa Romeo that hits the roads Stateside too.
It’ll be replacing the 147 over here in Europe in late 2009 and, fingers crossed for Fiat, will head over to American dealers for sometime in 2011. Will that be time enough for America to embrace the smaller car?
Found this image of Alfa’s GTA version of the Mito ahead of it’s launch at the Geneva Motor Show:
To be honest I’m not sure I like them. I really liked the new Mito because it had curves and lines that seemed unique amongst its competitors and gave it that Alfa style. Here I think they’ve gone a bit too far in trying to make an aggressive looking 1.8 litre 240hp hot-hatch and ruined what made it great. It’s like giving your new Labrador puppy a nice new set of tiger fangs.