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The Alfa Romeo Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series because the standard models were derived from the car's Quadrifoglio performance version rather than the other way around, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Technology Officer Harald Wester said.
"All our competitors develop the base model and when everything is done they squeeze in the top model," Wester said. He cited the Giulia's lightweight carbon-fiber propshaft as an example of how all variants have top-of-the-line specifications. The propshaft is common to the whole Giulia range.
The midsize sedan is the first model to be built on Alfa's new rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform that will underpin a family of eight models that are key to the struggling brand's revival. The mainly steel Giorgio platform is made lighter using aluminum for the suspension turrets, fenders, doors and front suspension.
The Quadrifoglio has a carbon fiber roof and hood. Philippe Krief, Alfa's chief engineer for the Giorgio platform, said: "We wanted a high-powered car with low fuel consumption and a ride as comfortable and quiet as a limousine." Krief said the Giulia is the lightest car in its class at 1,374kg for the 180hp 2.2-liter diesel version with a manual transmission.
The lightness means Alfa can use a cheaper lean NOx trap to clean diesel emissions to Euro 6 standards. All versions except the Quadrifoglio can be sold with all-wheel drive, but executives gave no date for its introduction.
Engines (Europe): The Alfa Romeo Giulia offers a Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter V-6 gasoline (for Quadrifoglio variants), a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo and a 2.2-liter diesel.
Technology: The Giulia’s new electromechanical braking system is a world first, Alfa says. It makes record-breaking stopping distances possible: from 100 to 0 kph in 38.5 meters for the Giulia and in 32 meters for the Quadrifoglio version.
What's good: The Giulia offers superb dynamics and ride comfort and a premium-looking interior.
What's bad: Some electronic glitches during the press launch put a question mark against build quality.
Launch date: June (Europe); October (U.S.); 2017 (China)
Base price: 35,500 euros (Italy)
Where built: Cassino, Italy
Annual sales forecast: 100,000 (2017)
Lowest CO2 emissions: 99g/km (180hp manual diesel)
Main rivals: BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C class, Jaguar XE
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
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
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.