Earlier this year it was reported that Alfa Romeo would delay the launch of its Giulia sedan in both Europe and the United States in order to refine some of the car’s safety and ride characteristics. That’s not the only future product that Alfa Romeo has pushed back, though, with Bloomberg reporting a planned mid-size BMW 5-Series fighter will also arrive later than expected.
The shift in production plans is a sign of the current market situation in China, where the economy is predicted to experience a major slowdown in coming years. China is a major market for luxury automobiles and was a crucial part of Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s plan to sell 400,000 Alfa Romeo units globally by 2018 – a goal that’s beginning to look increasingly lofty.
The new Alfa Romeo mid-size sedan, which was originally expected to arrive in 2017, has now taken a back seat as the company shifts its focus to its two best selling models, the Mito and Giulietta. The two compact hatchbacks will be refreshed and unveiled in mid-2016, Bloomberg says, helping to bolster the company as it attempts to bring important products like the Giulia and rumored crossover to market.