By Christopher A. Sawyer
Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia sedan could lead to a new start for Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat
After years of false starts, promises and delays, Alfa Romeo finally introduced its new small sedan to the world. Known in eternally as the 159, the menacingly aggressive red sedan rolled onto the stage at the Alfa Romeo Museum on the 105th anniversary of the founding of A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) as Andrea Bocelli sang an aria from Turandot. Low key this introduction was not. Then again, how could it be? The 159 project has moved in fits and starts, shifted from a transverse front-drive platform to a (sort of) Maserati Ghibli-derived rear-drive architecture, and was developed in secret by a group of about 600 engineers working in a nondescript building in Modena located between Ferrari and Maserati.