"Although we think the 'Milano' name met all legal requirements, we took the decision to change it to 'Junior' to ease relations with the Italian government," Alfa Romeo's CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said in a press conference.

Italian Industry Minister Adolfo Urso on Thursday, one day after Alfa Romeo's first EV was officially launched in Milan, said its name violated an Italian law that targets "Italian sounding" products that falsely claim to be Italian.

(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari, editing by Alvise Armellini)