But Italian company's boss says delays are a matter of weeks, not months, and are a result of wanting to launch "the perfect car"

The head of Alfa Romeo, Fabrizio Curci, has admitted that engineering issues have delayed the launch of the Giulia “by just a few weeks” - but denied reports in Automotive News that a six-month delay was instigated because the all-new car failed to pass European front, side and rear crash tests.

Curci stressed: “Not one single screw is a carryover - this car is all new, and it is true that we wanted to launch this car with the right quality from the start, but that caused a delay of maybe some weeks, certainly not months.

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“There is no more to say than that. The car is ready, and it meets every requirement that has been set for it by the regulators and again internally by us.”

At the Geneva motor show, Alfa revealed the standard versions of the Giulia, which will sit below the previously revealed high-performance V6-powered Quadrifoglio model. The standard models will be powered by a 197bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol or a choice of two 2.2-litre diesels, with 178bhp and 148bhp.

All models will be rear-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive will be available on some models. The Giulia will launch in the UK this winter, with prices expected to start at £26,000.

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3 March 2016
I'm losing track of how long Alfa has been talking about Giulia's launch. Instead of it being an exciting event, the long delayed launch is becoming an anti-climax.

That said, I sincerely hope the car will finally live up to the hype - particularly after so many raised hopes and dashed expectations over the years on various Alfa models - because if it doesn't you'd have to wonder about Alfa's future under FIAT ownership.

3 March 2016
Nothing's ever easy for you is it? All this time we've been waiting for the Alfa that was better than anything else. So good that people would buy it despite the risks and the reputation. And we waited for the restyle even before we saw the first version that wasn't up to it, and the restyle was, well, a disappointment. But perhaps it would make up for it in other ways, by being better than all its vicious and multiple rivals. It's looking like you're scared to jump into the pool with the sharks Alfa. It's looking like you know you will be eaten. And beaten.

3 March 2016
Engineering issues...? The anticipation of the upcoming disappointment is excruciating.

3 March 2016
Well, this latest news now won't help Alfa Romeo or the Giulia one jot and has probably put another nail in this car's coffin. Why unveil the car months before it wasn't really ready. Seriously, what is the issue in trying to manage Alfa Romeo properly? As far as I can recall there has always been some kind of issue that has cropped up time and time again during the past 25 years which has not helped Alfa. Alfa is a highly respected company with such a rich history and cars which people so lust over, and yet due to various problems, no-one really chooses to buy. Perhaps it's time for Alfa to be sold to another company who can make a better fist of things that Fiat have managed to do while they seemed more interested in developing further Maserati, Ferrari and their 500 sub-brand.

3 March 2016
oof...that's a tough one to get out of. You can use that reasoning IF the end product will be a world-beater. So far, Alfa hasn't got the best track-record in this respect recently...really sad.

3 March 2016
As I've said in previous posts, FCA seem to start lots of (mostly good) things but finish barely anything. Fiat is in disarray, they have had to part sell the crown jewels to fund the disastrous take over of Chrysler (which I think was supposed to support the relaunch of Alfa in the US - but still nothing) and Alfa limps from sales flop to sales flop.

To echo some of the other commenters, I think FCA should sell Alfa also, focusing effort on the Fiat and American brands where they are more likely to be able to share components and development programmes.

I'm not sure who would make a good suitor for Alfa though. VW expressed interest many years ago, but that would spell doom as I think. Perhaps Mercedes to run Alfa as the VAG Audi - VW equivalent? Or perhaps the Nissan Renault Alliance and have it sit alongside Affinity?

3 March 2016
2 or 3 weeks ago that a delay was being caused by NCAP "issues" but FCA were quick to sit on that one, would be interesting to know where it came from. Launch was actually brought forward at one point to early March but now as per the article will be delayed by "weeks". An Italian week may be a very different measure from an Anglo Saxon one. I guess it wouldn't be Alfa without some issue or other, I can't wait for the first drives, the suspense is killing me.

3 March 2016
Such a shame this design is so derivative. If you cover up the grille, it's very BMW.

Alfa seem to have forgotten that they can do great design - just look at the taut beauty of the early 156 - without resorting to being a pastiche of others.

If I want something that looks like a German car, I'll buy a German car. Or perhaps I'm missing something?

Are modern consumers now such "sheep" that the only things that sell in numbers are those that look a lot like what everyone else is driving (witness the current obsession with German so-called "mass premium" cars, white SUVs etc)?

That said, it's worked for Jaguar with the XE, which has doubled their UK sales...

3 March 2016
This must be the most negative, bitchy 'join the debate' ever. Horrible.

3 March 2016
eseaton wrote:

This must be the most negative, bitchy 'join the debate' ever. Horrible.

Negative, yes, but, and with all due respect, hardly bitchy. Contributors are simply expressing their frustration that a marque they love has been neglected and mistreated for such a long time. Like me, they are desperate to see a new Alfa that properly honours and respects the traditional Alfa virtues. I hope the Giulia proves to be such a car, even if its appearance is a bit underwhelming.


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