Hello everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been following the development of the Giulia for couple years now and I am excited that the end for the long wait is in sight now! I have migrated over from the Alfabb bulletin board because it seems to be more activity on this forum regarding the Giulia. I am looking to replace sometime by the end of the year my 10 year old Audi A4 preferably with a Giulia Ti. Although I still have other contenders on my list, Giulia is the leading contender so far. The Audi has been a fine car, but I just got tired of the stale and conservative design especially on the new B9 version. I saw the Giulia at the New York Auto Show and I really liked it! It appears being a much more emotional and sportier design than any of the competitors. My only concern is the lack of information so far about manual transmission being available on the lesser versions. I've been a manual only driver and it would be a huge disappointment if this car would not be available with a manual transmission!