I'm not sure if being "technically immature" is better or worse than failing a crash test in terms of the reason for a delay, but that is the explanation that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne went with to explain the delay of the Giulia in a press conference at the Geneva Motor Show. Of course, the technical immaturity could be another way of saying "failed a crash test."
Marchionne's direct quote:
A delay is is preferable to a botched launch though. messing up the launch of the Giulia would be disastrous for both Alfa Romeo and FCA. Marchionne agrees that the stakes are high:"The project was technically immature. We will start only when we are on par with the Germans, otherwise it is not worth the effort.
http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-car...e-giulia-because-it-was-technically-immature/The brand has historically failed to meet its technical ambitions. If we get that wrong we might as well go back home. If the Giulia doesn't give the best possible performance we've wasted our time, and a pot of money."