Amit, completely agree on media reports. They were never encouraging for Alfa Romeo. But then It's more like saying unreliability of FIAT cars in India by Media reports. For Giulietta, it is sold absolutely along side VW golf/Ford Focus in the price band & people are buying it. Golf/Focus sales statistics are sky shattering if you care to notice. There could be cases but people generally having them are "absolutely in Love with them". Now Giulietta has to be a better product in every respect to manage even 1/5th of their sales if it is doing so. Thanks to the wonderful media!! If you are willing to dive a bit deeper bypassing media reports, is it really the truth for AR? People who own Audi A3, Giulietta & VW Golf side by side, they generally state VW/Audi boring when compared to Alfa. Even reliability reports are in favor of Alfa. The same FIAT traits of Palio GT-X, the older it gets, the away it goes from the rest. There are numerous review on all auto site like Top Gear, Fifth gear, Auto car when journalists praise Giulietta all the way but end up giving 12-13 marks out of 20 for no reason but these prejudices. Whereas VW, BMW & Audi all are in 17-18 range. Immediately, You see people attacking the journalist who are first hand witness of being owners of all AR's, BMW, Audi in daily life & end up stating journalists a "A BIG PILE of CRAP":mrgreen:. Pls check at Auto-car-UK & you will be amazed to see that what people report is completely different. Not only entertaining, it sometimes gets very hilarious. For me & you, obviously it is difficult to fathom as we don't have them in India. But for the time being at least, i would take it as driving Punto vs rest of the hatchback stuff. Alfa Romeo just lagged behind 5 yrs or so w.r.t to glory. The last launch which was not European car of the year was 159 in 2005, else Alfa had the record of registering this honor bypassing all Germans (156, 147) at their every new launch at very immediate moment. They regained it with Giulietta since NISSAN LEAF is different concept altogether if you will. They have some amazing talent when it comes to innovations & out of box thinking which can give an illusion of soul in a machine. I would appeal to give them benefit of doubt here without trusting media too much.