Former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli has returned to Fiat Chrysler after leaving the automaker for BMW, Automotive News reports. He will now serve as the chief technical officer at Alfa Romeo and Maserati, helping to sort out numerous technical issues at both brands.
Fedeli has returned to FCA not long after the delay of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and Maserati Alfieri coupe. According to AN sources, the Giulia failed to pass internal front, side and rear crash tests, which has forced the Alfa Romeo team to double back on the car and re-engineer its crash structures, delaying its launch.
In addition to the Alfieri, Maserati has also delayed the launch of its Levante SUV. The much-needed product was originally scheduled to debut in mid-2015, however we have still yet to see the car, though it’s expected to go on sale by this summer after debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
It’s not clear when Fedeli will become active in the new role.