Alfa Romeo’s latest five-year plan for becoming a major global automaker has suffered a setback. The five-year plan involves launch of eight new products including hatchback, saloon and crossover models, as well as a speciality car, probably a new sports car sitting at top of the line-up.
The first among the eight new models is the Alfa Romeo Giulia that was unveiled in June. It was supposed to go on sale in first markets in Europe by the end of this year and in North America in early 2016. According to a report from Automotive News Europe, this mid-size saloon has been delayed because the company is still making final changes to the car in terms of safety and ride characteristics.
The second new model will be a crossover based on the Alfa Romeo Giulia. It was also set to arrive in 2016, but as per the report, its market launch has been delayed by nine months and won’t arrive before early 2017.
The U.S. launch of the Giulia and the Giulia-based crossover would happen three to six months after sales commence in Europe. The delay of these two models could also mean the remaining six models, including the next generation Alfa Romeo Giulietta, getting delayed, as well as the annual sales targets planned with the introduction of these models not being met.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]