Two key models for Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Alfa Romeo brand will be delayed by up to nine months, according to reports out or Europe.
Industry paper Automotive News Europe quotes two unnamed supplier sources who have confirmed the move, but have not offered up reasons for the delays.
Sadly for Alfa Romeo fans, the highly-acclaimed Giulia sedan is the first model to be placed in the queue, with first deliveries not expected now until the middle of next year.
The new schedule is six months later than anticipated, and the knock-on effect means Alfa’s new SUV model, which carries much of the Giulia’s DNA, won’t reach customer driveways until early 2017.
For the latter, this represents a nine-month delay on the original production schedule.
The powered-up Quadrifoglio Verde version was expected to kick-off the Giulia range in the next few weeks, but the sources reportedly revealed that ride and safety issues are holding the project back.
Automotive News Europe contacted Alfa Romeo, but the Italian carmaker declined to comment on the timing for either model.
Late last month, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne reportedly said the company was re-evaluating Alfa’s position in its various markets as sales for other FCA brands begin to slow in China.
As a result, the eight new models promised for Alfa Romeo between now and 2020 under a €5 billion investment package may be reshuffled to suit European and US buyers first, rather than other markets.