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Alfa Romeo Denies Reports that Giulia Failed Crash Testing

Published on www.automobilemag.com

February 6, 2016
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Front Three Quarter

As rumors mount that Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) isn’t as invested as it once was in the relaunch of Alfa Romeo, Automotive News stirred the pot with a report that problems during crash testing had delayed development of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. These new delays come after reports surfaced in November that the car’s launch had already been pushed back by several months — though FCA denies the car has been delayed.
The first delay was purportedly due to FCA’s engineers refining the Giulia’s chassis and safety systems, and would have seen the production delayed between six and nine months from the car’s original date. The most recent report, however, states that suppliers involved in the Giulia’s production have reported that the car’s safety systems have failed numerous crash tests.
According to Automotive News, Alfa Romeo hired former Ferrari R&D boss Roberto Fedeli to help the Italian company resolve the Giulia’s production and technical hurdles. This hiring, according to the publication, comes as sources within FCA suppliers state that the new Giulia had repeatedly, “failed to pass internal front, side, and rear crash tests.”

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio rear three quarter

Alfa Romeo Giulia steering wheel

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio engine

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio rear interior seats

An FCA spokesperson denied the allegations that the Giulia failed crash tests to AUTOMOBILE. He said that the Giulia was still on schedule to begin production this year and reach the U.S. market by mid-2016.
Additionally, none of the allegations have been able to be corroborated. While delays would be plausible given we know that FCA is slowing its revitalization and investment in Alfa, pushing the launch of other models back a few years, it appears that the much-anticipated Giulia is still very much on schedule to begin production later this year.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia will launch in the U.S. in two separate versions, the first of which will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine producing 276 hp; Alfa believes this will be the company’s main seller. The second model is the Giulia Quadrofiglio, which is a performance sedan that’s more in line with the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63, and Cadillac ATS-V. The Giulia Quadrofiglio features a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine producing 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. As if those figures aren’t exciting enough, Alfa also says the Giulia was able to lap the infamous Nurburgring Nordschliefe in just 7 minutes and 39 seconds.
Stay tuned over the coming months, as Alfa Romeo will likely reveal more information as the Giulia’s launch date approaches.