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Rumorpile: What We Know On The Alfa Romeo Giulia :Comments

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

August 9, 2012

When we last checked in on the Alfa Romeo Giulia, it was being delayed due to the engines not being ready in time. Before this, it was due to design and manufacturing issues.

Now, Autocar has some information on what we can expect with the new Giulia. To be launched sometime in 2014, the Giulia will be a part of a revival plan that includes the 4C and Spider. The Giulia will utilize an updated version of the Dodge Dart's platform. Those updates include a longer-wheelbase and a new independent rear suspension.

Powertrains are expected to include turbocharged gas four-cylinders, diesels, and Chrysler's Pentastar V6. All-wheel-drive is also in the cards.

No one at the moment knows what the Giulia will look like, only that the design is expected to be finalized sometime in the fall and a concept to appear next year.

Source: Autocar

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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Am I missing something or is the red car in the photo not the concept that everyone loved for the most part? Why a new concept before moving forward?

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Am I missing something or is the red car in the photo not the concept that everyone loved for the most part? Why a new concept before moving forward?

That red car is the Alfa Romeo 159, what the Giulia will be replacing

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Am I missing something or is the red car in the photo not the concept that everyone loved for the most part? Why a new concept before moving forward?

That red car is the Alfa Romeo 159, what the Giulia will be replacing

Boy talk about getting confused on their cars. No wonder I like to stick with American. :P

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It will be interesting to see if the build an RWD Sports car with Mazda...

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      226,921
      213,685
      6%
        Ram P/U
      38,833
      39,952
      -3%
      193,279
      179,384
      8%
        Cargo Van
      1
      191
      -99%
      1
      2,996
      -100%
        ProMaster Van
      2,946
      2,541
      16%
      14,175
      9,854
      44%
        ProMaster City
      1,833
      914
      101%
      8,264
      2,634
      214%
        RAM BRAND
      43,613
      43,598
      0%
      215,736
      194,868
      11%
        Alfa 4C 
      44
      40
      10%
      273
      295
      -7%
        ALFA BRAND
      44
      40
      10%
      273
      295
      -7%
        500
      1,553
      2,614
      -41%
      6,819
      13,107
      -48%
        500L
      334
      1,245
      -73%
      2,064
      5,546
      -63%
        500X
      1,250
      8
      15525%
      6,308
      8
      78750%
        FIAT BRAND
      3,137
      3,867
      -19%
      15,191
      18,661
      -19%
                        TOTAL FCA US LLC
      204,452
      202,227
      1%
      955,186
      897,108
      6%
                            Total Car & MPV
      56,722
      64,072
      -11%
      279,075
      304,515
      -8%
            Total UV's
      104,117
      94,557
      10%
      460,375
      397,725
      16%
            Total Truck & LCV
      43,613
      43,598
      0%
      215,736
      194,868
      11%
                       
    • By William Maley
      Another leadership shake-up at Alfa Romeo and Maserati has taken place. Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Reid Bigland will take over from Harald Wester as the CEO for the two brands. Wester will remain as FCA's chief technology officer, and Bigland will continue as the head of U.S. and Canadian sales.
       
      "I am thankful for the work Harald has carried out in the last few years establishing a sound technical framework for our two premium brands and which has culminated in the recent launch of the Maserati Levante and the Alfa Romeo Giulia" said FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne in a statement.
       
      "It is time now for our efforts to be directed towards the global commercial expansion of these two brands, and I can think of no one better than Reid to fulfill that mission.”
       
      Bigland inherits what can be described as a 'comedy of errors'. The relaunch of Alfa Romeo is considerably over budget according to supplier sources to Automotive News. Meanwhile, countless delays have pushed back the launch of the Giulia (on sale at the end this month for Europe, fall for the U.S.) and Alfa's first SUV - the Stelvio - has been pushed back to early next year. Originally, Alfa Romeo was supposed to have eight models by 2018. This has been pushed back to 2020.
       
      Maserati isn't faring much better with profits falling and a lineup that is aging. The Levante SUV has been plagued by delays. European sales only began this month, with U.S. sales starting in October.
       
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
       
      Press Release is on Page 2


       
      FCA Announces Leadership Changes
       
      Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) announces the following leadership changes with immediate effect:
       
      Reid Bigland is named as the Chief Executive of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands. Reid has held a number of Sales and Brand Leadership positions within FCA, and is currently the Head of US Sales and the Chief Executive of FCA Canada, positions that he will continue to hold.
       
      Harald Wester, who has led the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands until now, will be able to devote his full attention to the role of Chief Technology Officer for FCA, a role which he held while developing the technical basis for the Maserati and Alfa Romeo products and brands, and which have now achieved a high level of maturity.
       
      “I am thankful for the work Harald has carried out in the last few years establishing a sound technical framework for our two premium brands and which has culminated in the recent launch of the Maserati Levante and the Alfa Romeo Giulia. It is time now for our efforts to be directed towards the global commercial expansion of these two brands, and I can think of no one better than Reid to fulfill that mission. Reid has an extraordinary record of growing sales and market share in the US and Canada over the last 7 years at FCA, including leading the growth and positioning of the Ram and Dodge brands for part of that time.” added Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of FCA.
       
      Reid Bigland and Harald Wester will continue to serve on the Group Executive Council (GEC). The Group Executive Council is the highest management body in FCA, and is chaired by the Chief Executive and is comprised of the senior functional and operating heads of the global organization.
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