What is it?
A new twin-clutch automatic gearbox called TCT was showcased by Alfa Romeo at the Paris Motor Show. Although it was fitted to a 170hp 1.4-litre MultiAir Giulietta. it will also be rolled out to the 170hp 2.0-litre JTDm diesel model.
Why's it here?
Dual-clutch gearboxes are not just trendy; they reduce fuel consumption too, so the adoption of the new Fiat-developed six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission is an important move by Alfa Romeo. It goes into the MiTo too.
Show stopper or floor filler?
This really is all there was to Alfa's stand - well, this and the usual smattering of lovely Italian ladies, obviously (and a mildly revised 159). The TCT 'box makes the 135hp 1.4-litre MultiAir MiTo quicker to 100km/h by 0.2 seconds, and a little cleaner - by 3g/km, to be exact.