TURIN -- Alfa Romeo has delayed the sales debuts of three new models, according to supplier sources in Europe.
The high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglio was to launch in Europe by year end as the first model in the midsize Giulia sedan lineup, European dealers were told in June. The launch has been delayed six months because Alfa is working to refine some safety and ride characteristics, the sources said.
The base Guilia was scheduled to debut in Europe in March 2016 but will not arrive until late 2016, the sources said.
Meanwhile, Alfa's first cross-over, based on the Giulia, will come to Europe in early 2017, nine months later than planned, the sources said.
U.S. launches for the Giulia and Giulia-based crossover are to follow their European debuts by three to six months.
Alfa Romeo declined to comment. But Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Oct. 28 that the company is re-examining Alfa's global expansion because of the slowdown in China. He reaffirmed a planned 5 billion euro ($5.4 billion) investment announced in May 2014 to boost Alfa's annual global sales to 400,000 vehicles with eight new models but said the investment will be completed in 2019 or 2020.