2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Hockey Skills Are Standard: Video

A few years back, BBC’s Top Gear featured soccer games using Toyota’s Aygo and Volkswagen’s Fox city cars. More recently, Forza Motorsport 4enabled gamers to safely hoon through their own reenactments.

Around this time last year, the sudden stunt du jour was breaking world records on ice. In turn, Bentley’s Power on Ice tours test participants’ mettle on the frozen lakes of northern Finland.

Yet only Alfa Romeo brings ice and sports together. The Italian automaker’s UK division took a 2012 Giulietta onto the hockey rink at Coventry Skydome. Not for Zamboni duty or to whip a series of 360-degree spins, but to play. Sort of.

The idea was to show off Alfa’s D.N.A. system and selectable Dynamic, Natural and All Weather modes. The latter mode got the understandable nod for the video while “challenging” hockey player David Phillips of Team Blaze.

Interesting enough, but what’s the takeaway for us in the States?

The Giulietta platform was tapped by Fiat--though heavily modified--to underpin the 2013 Dodge Dart, lending optimism to the domestic’s ride and handling.

Even better, the front-wheel drive, five-door Italian itself could reach us for the 2014 model year. The kiss-and-a-promise tease of Alfa Romeo’s US return has been perpetuated for years, but if Chrysler and Fiat sales allow, this unlikely hockey player could reach its goal of your driveway in a couple years.

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