Fiat Chrysler scraps Alfa Giulia Sport Wagon
Alfa Romeo chief Reid Bigland unveiled the Stelvio in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG
Do you remember the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sport Wagon that was expected to come in March at the Geneva Auto Show? The one that was supposed to compete with the BMW 3-series touring wagon?
Well, nevermind, says Alfredo Altavilla, head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Alfa has determined that a sport wagon would be a little too much like the brand’s first-ever crossover, the Stelvio.
“We have decided not to make a Giulia Sport Wagon. Do we really need it if the SUV Stelvio handles so well? Probably not. With our fine tuning, Stelvio can interest all those people who might have been interested” in the sport wagon, Altavilla told reporters in Europe.
British auto magazine Autocar reported in November, based on an interview with Alfa Romeo brand head Reid Bigland, that a Giulia Sport Wagon would be the next new production model from Alfa, and that it would be introduced at the 2017 Geneva auto show.
Alfa unveiled the Stelvio in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Brand head Reid Bigland said the crossover would go into production this spring in Italy, and begin making its way to North America — which is expected to be its main market — later this year.
The Giulia and Stelvio are among eight models FCA said in May 2014 that it planned to add to the Alfa lineup by 2018.
Ralph Gilles, FCA’s global head of design, told reporters in Chicago on Thursday that the long awaited Giulia sedan continues to arrive in greater numbers in the United States. He said 600 additional Giulias landed on U.S. shores this month.
The Giulia was originally expected to be on sale in the U.S. by last fall, but didn’t record its first U.S. retail sales until the very end of December, and in January, recorded U.S. sales of only 70 as dealers cope with a slow rollout.