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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.
TURIN – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW Group to help fix mounting technical challenges. He will be chief technical officer at Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
An FCA spokesman today confirmed the appointment without saying whether it is a newly created position or whether an executive has been fired or reassigned to accommodate the change.
Fedeli arrives at time when FCA has a number of technical problems to solve. The launch of the Alfa Romeo 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 has resulted in an extensive re-engineering that has added about six months to the midsize sedan's development time.
The first Giulia, a high-performance 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 510-hp Giulia Quadrifoglio is set to go in production on March 31, with deliveries to Italian dealers to begin by late May or early July. Giulia models with more mainstream engines, a 2.0-liter gasoline and a 2.2-liter diesel, will debut at the Geneva auto show in early March, but suppliers have not yet been given a production start date.
Maserati's product launch cadence also is off schedule. The automaker's first SUV, the Levante, was supposed to debut in mid-2015 but is not scheduled to go on sale until this summer. The production version of the Levante is expected to appear at next month's Geneva auto show.
Fedeli returns to Italy after a 16-month stint in Munich at BMW following 26 years at Ferrari. He rose to head of r&d for Ferrari's production-car division in 2007 and played a key role in creation of the LaFerrari, a hybrid supercar that sold out before its launch despite a price tag of more than 1-million euros plus taxes. The LaFerrari is also the only hybrid model produced by Fiat Chrysler so far.
Fedeli will report to Harald Wester, who is CEO of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, as well as FCA's chief technical officer.