Remember the six month delay announcement made in November last year? We were told that Alfa Romeo was working to refine the safety and ride characteristics of the Giulia and we speculated that they were running low on funds. Well there may be more truth to their initial statement than we thought.
An unnamed supplier source told Automotive News Europe that the Giulia failed to pass the EU’s crash test in these areas: internal front, side and rear collision. The source says that this failure had to be rectified with extensive re-engineering, thus the six month delay.
Looking back to past Alfa Romeo crash test results published by the Euro NCAP, they all passed with relatively good ratings if you don’t take into account the old 2001 Alfa Romeo 147. The 2010 Giulietta managed to score an overall rating of 5 stars out of 5. One would assume that this safety standard would apply to the rest of Alfa Romeo’s products designed after that year.
Maybe this failure last year was what pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles into poaching former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli from BMW. Good news for us as he will the chief technical officer for both Alfa Romeo and Maserati. We will probably see great things from Fedeli in the future, a man with a 26-year stint at Ferrari under his belt.
With the looming Giulia showroom release date in June, we could soon be seeing a new set of crash test results from NCAP.