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BALOCCO, Italy -- Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan is a "make or break" for model for the brand, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Technology Officer Harald Wester said.
Alfa is pinning its revival hopes on the Giulia, a rival to the BMW 3 series that will go on sale in Europe next month. It is the first of eight new models planned by the brand and Alfa’s first car on its new Giorgio rear-wheel-drive architecture.
"The credibility of the program depends on this car," Wester said at a press event held to showcase the Giulia at FCA's Balocco test track in northern Italy.
He said the company invested over 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) to develop the architecture and would spend "many more billions" to develop the rest of the Alfa range.
Alfa expects to sell more than 100,000 Giulias globally in 2017, its first full year on sale, Wester said.
U.S. sales of the Giulia will begin in September or October, followed by China next year.
The Giulia will be sold with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter diesel in Europe, along with a high performance Quadrifoglio version with a Ferrari-derived 510-hp twin-turbocharged V-6.
Alfa delayed the launch of the car to make sure it could properly compete against rivals from BMW, Audi and Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said at the Geneva auto show in March. "The project was technically immature," he said. "We will start only when we are on par with the Germans, otherwise it is not worth the effort," he said.
Wester said that "nothing below perfect was allowed" when developing the car.
The Giulia starts at 35,500 euros in Italy.
Alfa's revival was delayed in January when Marchionne postponed the target to complete an expansion of the brand's new lineup by two years to 2020. The company also dropped a goal to boost sales more than fourfold to 400,000.
Marchionne admitted that the Giulia, which will be followed by the brand's first SUV later this year and by a third model in late 2017, didn't have an "easy" birth.
In addition to his FCA technology role, Wester was Alfa CEO until earlier this week when the company named Reid Bigland as the brand's new chief to help kickstart Alfa sales.
Harald Wester, a top lieutenant of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, has been replaced as leader of the multibillion effort to resurrect Alfa Romeo and as head of Maserati.
Wester, 58, a German-born mechanical engineer who has been in leading positions at FCA and its corporate predecessors since 2004, will remain FCA’s chief technology officer, the automaker announced today.
But he will no longer be responsible for FCA’s two luxury brands. In his place, Reid Bigland, 49, will assume global leadership of Alfa Romeo and Maserati as CEO of both brands. Bigland, a Canadian, will also continue as head of U.S. and Canadian sales for FCA US.
Wester "will be able to devote his full attention" to the role of chief technology officer, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. "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, Marchionne said.
"It is time now for our efforts to be directed toward the global commercial expansion of these two brands, and I can think of no one better than Reid to fulfill that mission,” he said in the statement.
The changes come after setbacks at Alfa and Maserati.
Alfa’s ambitious relaunch is considerably overbudget, supplier sources told Automotive News Europe. Fiat Chrysler did not reply when asked if the relaunch was overbudget.
The market introduction of the brand’s Giulia midsize sedan was also delayed and the car will go on sale in Europe at the end of this month, five months behind original plans, and won’t be in the U.S. until the autumn.
Marchionne said at the Geneva auto show in March that the Giulia’s launch was delayed to make sure it would be a true rival to competitors such as the BMW 3 series and Audi A4.
Also, Alfa’s first SUV, based on the Giulia, will not come to market before early 2017, nine months later than planned, according to supplier sources.
Alfa’s aggressive product timetable -- revealed to the media and investors in May 2014 -- sought to develop at least eight new models by 2018 and expand global sales more than fivefold to 400,000 vehicles. Marchionne said on Oct. 28, 2015, that the company is re-examining Alfa’s global expansion because of the slowdown in China. He reaffirmed the 5 billion euro relaunch announced in 2014 but said the investment will be completed in 2019 or 2020.
In February, FCA reviewed Alfa’s business plan with an eye on recasting it more toward European and North American consumer tastes but did not announce details.
Maserati has been hit by fading profitability, an aging lineup and a delay in launching its first SUV, the Levante. Its first-quarter operating profit fell 56 percent to 16 million euros after its shipments dropped 16 percent in the U.S. and 8 percent in Europe. The Levante went on sale in Europe this month, a year later than planned, and will launch in the U.S. in October.
The setbacks at Alfa and Maserati are likely to be costly for cash-strapped FCA, the only major global automaker with more debt than cash on hand.
Before his current position, Wester held a variety of roles at FCA as well as at other leading automakers and top suppliers. He had worked for Magna Steyr, Ferrari, Audi and Volkswagen.
Wester was the key force behind the reinvented Giulia, with its rear-wheel-drive platform that will be flexible enough to underpin future Alfa Romeo and Dodge vehicles. At Maserati, Wester pushed for an expansion of the luxury brand’s lineup to include the Ghibli sports sedan as well as a planned Alfieri coupe.
Roberto Fedeli, a former Ferrari chief engineer who rejoined FCA in February from BMW, will continue as chief technical officer for Alfa and Maserati.
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May 6, 2016
This Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde will intimidate Italian lawbreakers very soon. Photo by Alfa Romeo
Ever since Alfa Romeo revealed the new Giulia sedan, we're sure you've been wondering the same thing we have: What would it look like as a police car? That question was answered this week when Alfa Romeo revealed the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde sedans meant for the Italian Carabinieri.
The Carabinieri are the hardcore federal police force of Italy; in addition to more military-looking uniforms, black boots and pants with red stripes, they'll now have 505-hp sedans at their disposals, decked out with all the usual gear. With the Giulia QV's 0 to 62 mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds and a 191 top speed, the sedan will be more than a match for just about everything on the road, unless the perps are using cars made in Sant'Agata Bolognese (this has the makings of a Luc Besson film script).
The Carabinieri are the more serious militarized police of Italy, though they are different from the Polizia di Stato which is also a federal police force. Photo by Alfa Romeo
Ford's recent addition of the Special Service Vehicle package for the F-150 will make sure that law enforcement has the right truck for the job. Even if that job takes them into the backcountry or ...In addition to a low-profile lightbar, blue LED strobes and a siren system, the Carabinieri-spec Giulia QVs will feature a removable tablet and integrated cameras -- more than enough gizmos to play with considering these sedans have manual transmissions.
One thing the Giulia QV won't have is a cage for suspects in the back seat; the Polizia and Carabinieri have special vans for perps lest they dirty the seats of the sedans. We're not sure they could actually fit a cage in there if they wanted to -- the Giulia just doesn't have that much room inside -- and using the trunk would only reinforce stereotypes.
The interior houses the usual police gear, though it appears the driver will be busy enough with the six-speed manual. Alfa will have an eight-speed automatic on the menu in the Giulia as well. Photo by Alfa Romeo
The Alfa Romeo Giulia made its U.S. debut back in Los Angeles, and at the New York auto show this week the mostly Italian brand has revealed a few more details about the lineup.The Giulia will be ...Despite the Giulia QV being an FCA vehicle, we don't see stateside police departments purchasing these anytime soon; they're too small and too expensive for U.S. police needs. But it's not too small for civilian users. The Giulia QV is expected to go on sale in the U.S. later this year, along with two milder versions that will use 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engines making 276 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
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GENEVA -- Alfa Romeo delayed launching its new Giulia midsize sedan to make sure it would be a true rival to competitors such as the BMW 3 series, said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of the brand's parent, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
"The project was technically immature," Marchionne said at the auto show here. "We will start only when we are on par with the Germans, otherwise it is not worth the effort," he said.
Alfa said that orders will open for the Giulia in Europe starting April 14.
The car will launch with two turbocharged gasoline engines: a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a Ferrari-derived 505-hp twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline on the high-performance Quadrifoglio version. In Europe, a 2.2-liter diesel will also be offered.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio will start at 79,000 euros in Italy. Alfa has not yet released prices for the other versions but the prices will be benchmarked against equivalent BMW 3-series cars, an Alfa spokesman said.
U.S. sales of the Quadrifoglio version will begin in the third quarter, with the 2.0-liter version arriving in U.S. showrooms by year-end. The Giulia Quadrifoglio will start at $70,000 in the U.S, Alfa said.
The Giulia is the first Alfa Romeo to use FCA's new rear-wheel-drive architecture, called Giorgio. The brand said the use of lightweight materials for the car's construction had cut the dry weight of the 180hp 2.2-liter diesel version to 1,374kg.
The car has a carbon fiber driveshaft and uses aluminum for the doors, fenders and the construction of both gasoline and diesel engines. Alfa claims the weight saving materials increase body rigidity and the power-to-weight ratio.
The Quadrifoglio version extends the use of carbon fiber for the hood, roof, front splitter, rear spoiler and body inserts to partially offset the increased weight of the V-6 engine.
Alfa says the Quadrifoglio will accelerate from 0-100kph (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, a time Alfa says is the best in its class.
Technology on the car includes what Alfa says is a new braking system that combines the stability control system and traditional servo to reduce stopping distances to "record-breaking levels."
Alfa claims the standard car will go from 100kph to zero in 38.5 meters and 32 meters in the Quadrifoglio with help from its carbon ceramic brake discs. All cars will come with radar-control automatic emergency braking.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio was previewed at the Alfa Romeo museum in June 2015 and it was due to launch in Europe by the end of the year, according to dealers. However, the sales launch was delayed because the car failed to pass internal front, side and rear crash tests, which resulted in extensive re-engineering, supplier sources have told Automotive News Europe.
Last month, FCA lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW Group to help fix mounting technical challenges at Alfa and sister brand Maserati.
In Geneva, Marchionne said the Giulia's long development process was crucial to ensure the car was perfect.
"The brand has historically failed to meet its technical ambitions. If we get that wrong we might as well go back home," Marchionne said. "If the Giulia doesn't give the best possible performance we've wasted our time, and a pot of money."
Luca Ciferri contributed to this report
TURIN -- Alfa Romeo will unveil the long-delayed mainstream versions of its Giulia midsize sedan at the Geneva auto show next week.
The debut follows presentation of the high-performance, top-of-the-line Giulia Quadrifoglio in Frankfurt last September.
The Giulia, a rival to the Audi A4 and BMW 3 series, will be shown with an entry-level 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter diesel that is unlikely to be sold in the U.S. The Giulia Quadrifoglio has a Ferrari-derived 505-hp twin-turbocharged V-6.
U.S. sales of the Quadrifoglio will begin in the third quarter, with the 2.0-liter version arriving in U.S. showrooms by year end, Alfa has said. Originally, the Quadrifoglio was expected in the U.S. in the first quarter and the rest of the range by midyear.
The new 2.0-liter engine, a direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder, will be available in 180-hp, 250-hp and 330-hp versions. The engine also has FCA's MultiAir variable valve system.
The Giulia will also use a higher-output variant of a revised 2.2-liter diesel introduced last year on the Jeep Cherokee. The engine has a top output of 210 hp but also will be offered in more fuel-efficient 135-hp and 180-hp variants.
The Giulia, previewed at the Alfa Romeo museum in June 2015, has had a bumpy development. This month, FCA lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW Group to help fix mounting technical challenges at Alfa and Maserati.
The launch of the Giulia is months behind schedule. Supplier sources have told Automotive News Europe the Giulia failed to pass internal front, side and rear crash tests, which resulted in extensive re-engineering that has added about six months to the sedan's development time.
"We are not commenting in any way," said an FCA spokesman when asked about a delay.
The Quadrifoglio version was due to launch in Europe by the end of last year with the base Giulia scheduled for a European debut in March, European dealers were told last June.
The Quadrifoglio and the diesel are now set to go into production on March 31, with deliveries to Italian dealers to begin by late May or early July. The Giulia with the 2.0-liter gasoline engine is due in Europe by the end of the year.
(Reuters) -- Alfa Romeo could return to Formula One racing with its own team rather than simply putting its name to an engine provided by Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said.
"Alfa Romeo are capable of making their own chassis, just as they are capable of making engines," he told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper in an interview published Friday, without specifying a timeframe.
Marchionne, who is also Ferrari chairman, first raised the possibility of Alfa Romeo returning as a competitor when he spoke to reporters at Ferrari's Maranello factory in December.
The CEO said then that it was important for the sporty FCA-owned marque to be active in Formula One beyond the small-scale branding that has already been seen on Ferrari's race cars.
Marchionne's comments followed reports last year that Red Bull and Ferrari had abortive discussions about a supply of engines for this season with Alfa Romeo branding.
Red Bull ultimately opted to continue with a Renault power unit that will carry the name of their luxury watchmaker sponsor Tag Heuer.
Asked by the Gazzetta whether there was any chance of Alfa Romeo competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race, Marchionne replied: "I would much rather put them in Formula One."
"For Alfa Romeo to emphasize themselves as a sporting brand they can and should consider the possibility of returning to race in Formula One. How? Probably in collaboration with Ferrari," he said.
Ferrari's late founder Enzo Ferrari started out racing and managing a team for Alfa Romeo before setting up on his own in the late 1930s.
The first two Formula One world championships in 1950 and 1951 were won by Italian Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in Alfa Romeo cars.
The automaker supplied engines in the 1960s and 1970s and returned as a constructor in 1979 before again withdrawing at the end of 1985.
Ferrari are providing three rival teams -- Sauber, Toro Rosso and newcomers Haas F1 -- with engines this season in addition to its own factory team.