AN automotive expert is predicting that global car production figures will top 83.19 million in 2013, up from 79.1 million this year.
Phil Harrold, a partner at PwC's auto analyst arm, Autofacts says the new car market has increased by five per cent over the year to date with more than 1.7 million cars sold in the UK, nearly 84,000 more than a year ago. So who's buying them? Is it those eager youngsters who have passed their test and just can't wait to get on the road?
If you are a teenager, then chances are that what you want is a racy little number with a throbbing exhaust sound. But you don't need to poke a hole in the exhaust. Alfa's new sub 1-litre Twinair engine offers a throaty growl which my twenty-something daughter said was annoying yet her middle aged mum really liked.
This MiTo's innovative success is the marriage between two award winning technologies; the two-cylinder TwinAir engine, and MultiAir – winner of best new engine of the year for 2010.
Modifications have been made to the process of combustion, adopting an exhaust system with increased diameter, specially designed to enhance response to acceleration requests while lending character to the engine sound. What you hear is a lovely burbling sound when idling and a deep throaty growl on hard acceleration.
The nippy three-door supermini also saves on fuel and CO2 emissions with the introduction of the stop start system. However, as with some of these systems, the engine can sometimes feel as if it is going to suddenly cut out and requires a quick gear change or extra pedal.
The MiTo TwinAir is the cleanest and most economical model in its class, with combined cycle fuel economy of 67mpg; CO2 emissions of just 98 g/km, a zero road tax rating and just ten per cent benefit in kind.
This lowest possible banding means company car drivers can pay as little as £23.49 a month and save the three per cent premium they would pay for an equivalent sub 100 g/km diesel.
The MiTo has a lot more going for it too. The exterior is very sporty looking with 17-inch sports alloy wheels and red painted Brembo brake calipers on the Distinctive trim.
The interior has aluminium sports pedals branded with the Alfa logo and a generous standard specification which includes cruise control, front fog lights, manual climate control and Alfa's Blue&Me system with Bluetooth and USB media system.
Rear seats are easy enough to access as the front seats move forward and the deep boot holds a surprising amount of luggage.
The Alfa MiTo TwinAir is an intelligent response to modern driving requirements and its innovative twin air engine provides a sporty and engaging driving experience which will attract younger people, or those young at heart.
Combined with outstanding ecological features and a lower introductory price, the Alfa MiTo will help to boost automotive sales.