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Italian Government Stops Alfa Romeo’s Use Of The Milano Name For Its Electric SUV



Alfa Romeo’s sleek new SUV caused quite a stir—and not just for its eye-catching design. An Italian government minister raised eyebrows by claiming that calling it Milano violated national regulations since the car will be produced in Poland. Bizarre? Definitely. Yet, Alfa Romeo swiftly turned the controversy into a marketing coup.

The Italian automaker announced that the Milano is now officially called the Alfa Romeo Junior. Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato claimed the switch was made “in the spirit of promoting mutual understanding” while cheekily thanking the Italian government for the “free publicity.”

Previously, the Italian Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, argued that “a car called Milano cannot be produced in Poland.” He maintained that the name would somehow mislead consumers into believing the SUV was made in the fashion capital of Milan. That assertion is certainly dubious, especially as many global automakers build vehicles outside their home countries.

Despite feeling confident that the “Milano” name was perfectly legal, Alfa Romeo decided a rebrand was the best way to defuse the situation. Company executives emphasized that the focus should be on the car’s design and performance, not political squabbling.

And what about the new name? Junior has a rich heritage within the Alfa Romeo family. Introduced in 1966, the GT 1300 Junior was a youthful sports car designed to attract first-time buyers. It proved a runaway success, selling over 92,000 units throughout its lifespan.

The new Junior is a compact SUV with aggressive styling and Alfa’s first all-electric vehicle. It will measure 4.5 meters long. Alfa Romeo promises a thrilling performance while maintaining the brand’s signature driving experience.

The “Milano” debacle generated attention for the fledgling SUV. Alfa Romeo’s website even crashed from the surge in traffic as car fans buzzed about the controversy. The Junior switch will keep the brand in the spotlight, which can’t hurt in a crowded market. is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. EH