We could count on both hands the number of stories we have written about the Alfa Romeo Giulia being delayed for one reason or another. But according to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, the reason for all of those various delays is to make sure it would be a true rival to models such as the BMW 3-Series.
"The project was technically immature. We will start only when we are on par with the Germans, otherwise it is not worth the effort," Marchionne told Automotive News.
We're not sure how much of this comment we can take as seriously considering the Giulia was supposed to originally come out in 2013. Let us look at the list of delays,
- Issues with Manufacturing and Styling of the vehicle
- Engines suited for the vehicle not being ready
- Changing from a front-wheel drive to a rear-drive platform
- Problems with getting NVH to an acceptable level
Failing to pass internal crash tests (though Alfa Romeo vehemently denies this)
Alfa Romeo says that orders for the Giulia will open in April. The U.S. will see Giulia arrive this fall with the high-performance Quadrifoglio, followed by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder towards the end of the year. We'll believe it when we see it.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)