Currently reading: Alfa Romeo admits Giulia launch delayed by engineering issues
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"
Jim Holder
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1 min read
2 March 2016

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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5wheels 8 March 2016

Maybe old sister troubles

Any of you guys remember a certain model from the same stable that had engines dropping out - ON THE MOVE !!! Had to recall the lot and scrap them. I wonder if their "engineering issues" have covered this one. It certainly doesnt inspire anyone to buy. Mr Curci should learn to be more discrete in his flannel
johnspan 5 March 2016

Car manufacturer spokes(wo

Car manufacturer spokes(wo)men are like politicians, do not take every word they say for granted... nothing is a carryover refers to AR only, not to the group (ask us Greeks how a politician can turn even a 'no' to a 'yes', we know...)... any way, I have criticised Giulia/AR many times and being an AR fan in the (long) past does not make it easier... BUT... yes it is an uninspiring design, a BMW 3 series clone but actually the 'normal' car looks better than I thought, still not a 'wow' and fall short of expectations... besides that.. having engineering problems just a few weeks before launch??? and no worry they will be resolved in time??? this can not be... unfortunately I am proven right when I was saying that they are in a turmoil... the car will be a compromise, this is the combination of very bad CEO and typical AR mentality - if you can not do it, hide under the carpet, the first batch will be bought by the (stupid) fans and then we shall resolve issues as time goes by (ask me, I had bought an AR 145, remember it?, right when launched with the boxer engine which theoretically was proven as it came from the previous model, well the engine itself was OK but other subsystem simply did not cooperate, they changed the model and put the new engine within a year, the AR in Italy accepted in writing to replace my car!! but the Greek representative told me that HQs had made a mistake with my name adn never replaced it!!!... good old days but I am afraid not so distant for AR... and no buyer would accept such things nowadays)... pity, pity , pity... I do wish they prove me wrong...
JIMBOB 3 March 2016

All new?

Very surprised by the statement "Not one single screw is a carryover", as I thought the Giulia was based on the Maserati Ghibli. If it is 'all-new' it is indeed classic engineering madness, given that wider FCA group has proven rwd platforms that could have been used.
michael knight 3 March 2016

JIMBOB wrote: Very surprised

JIMBOB wrote:

Very surprised by the statement "Not one single screw is a carryover", as I thought the Giulia was based on the Maserati Ghibli. If it is 'all-new' it is indeed classic engineering madness, given that wider FCA group has proven rwd platforms that could have been used.

true...and that's just madness, given what's possible with clever platform sharing.

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