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Alfa Romeo's website is down because of its new car. What's up?

Gian Filippo Imbrogliato, CEO of Alfa Romeo, spoke about the malfunction that affected the company's website after the controversy over the name of the company's first electric car. 

Imbrogliato stated that the company's website received an unprecedented number of visits, causing it to crash for a few hours. 

As we mentioned in a previous news item, the Italian government forced Alfa Romeo to change the name of its first electric cars from "Milano" to "Alfa Romeo Junior 2025". The decision to change the name of the SUV came after the attack and criticism directed by the Italian Minister of Industry, Adolfo Orso, towards Alfaromeo for promoting a car with an Italian name despite being manufactured outside Italy, specifically in an assembly plant in Poland.

Orso stated: It is not possible to produce a car named Milano in Poland, this is prohibited by Italian law. Orso refers to a law issued in 2003 related to products that appear Italian but are not manufactured in Italy. 

The essence of the law is to prevent misleading customers by claiming that this product is Italian, even though it is not manufactured in Italy. 

It is worth mentioning that the name "Milano", which was previously given to the new Alfa Romeo electric car when it was unveiled, was a tribute to the Italian city of Milan. Alfa Romeo Junior 2025 will come in a hybrid version and a full electric one, the latter having a single engine with a 54 kilowatt-hour battery in the standard model producing 156 horsepower and capable of covering a range of up to 410 km (255 miles) in the WLTP cycle. 

The Veloce variant increases the power to 240 horsepower, comes with a self-locking mechanical limited-slip differential with a tuned steering, in addition to a developed suspension system with large brakes, 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires. 

All electric versions of Junior 2025 are supported by fast charging, which takes 30 minutes to charge from 10 to 80 percent with a capacity of 100 kilowatts. 

As for the Junior 2025 Hybrid version, it comes with a 3-cylinder turbo engine with a 1.2-liter capacity, with a 21-kilowatt electric motor integrated into a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the total power reaching 136 horsepower, operating either with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with the Ibrida Q4 variant.

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