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Alfa Romeo 147 replacement to be called Furiosa

***UPDATE***

The word about the blogosphere is that Alfa Romeo is not happy about the name Furiosa being voted as the winner of its competition and is not planning on using it for its upcoming three-door hatch. Apparently, the name strikes a bit too close to home with regards to the Fast and the Furious movie series, a market that Alfa apparently does not wish to cater to. The car is slated for a debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show in March, though we’re hoping to get some closure on the name situation before then. Whatever the car will be called, it will be replacing the outgoing 147’s market presence when that car moves upmarket into the five-door segment.

The replacement for Alfa Romeo’s 147 hatchback will be called Furiosa after an online vote between 12 different options concluded earlier this month. Similar to Volkswagen’s contest in which the Tiguan was given its name, Alfa Romeo put the fate of the new model’s;moniker in the hands of its legions of enthusiasts.

The contest is also similar to one the Italian automaker ran in the 1960’s when needing a name for the convertible sports car that ultimately became the Duetto. In that competition, entrants were asked to submit a name of their invention, rather than choosing from a list of options.

If you missed out on voting for what is now the Furiosa, don’t feel too bad. Alfa’s most recent competition was only open to residents of Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK — countries where the car will actually be sold. Alfa recently announced that it is replacing its current system of numeric model names for more personal ones. The production version of the Alfa Romeo Furiosa is expected to be shown early next year, likely at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. To take a look at the other name options, head over to Alfa’s official naming site at www.alfanaming.it/.