• Aug 12, 2008


Click to view the Alfa 159 in hi-res from Geneva '08

The Alfa Romeo 159 may be one of the most beautiful sedans on the market, but that hasn't been enough to make the model a sales success. As we learned after driving the new MiTo, Alfa isn't satisfied any longer to glide by on its name and looks alone, and so has started work on the replacement for the 159 even though the current model was only introduced in 2005.

The main reason attributed to the 159's poor market performance has been its dynamic performance, inhibited by an overweight chassis designed by Saab during Fiat's partnership with GM. Its successor is tipped to be based on the same platform as the upcoming 149, however, which still means front-wheel-drive. With the numeric designation running out of room to grow, the 159 replacement is widely reported to revive the classic Giulia nameplate, with styling cues borrowed from the curvaceous 8C instead of the angular Brera. Sources suggest that the new sedan, anticipated for debut in 2010, is being developed specifically with the American market in mind.


Photos Copyright ©2008 Noah Joseph / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Autocar]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Could be the fact that it's too expensive and nichéd too...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alfas have never been inexpensive cars, but they typically undercut their German competitors in price with much more equipment standard. You're lucky to get air in the tires standard with many German brands.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Acura -

      Please immediately revise all 2009+ designs to continue with the Italiante degin theme. The TSX should be an Acura-fied version of the Alfa...

      Thanks,
      Joe Consumer, Acura Enthusiast (2008 and prior designs)
        • 6 Years Ago
        well if alfa stop making the 159 look like it does acura should put its tl in that exterior
      • 6 Years Ago
      please dont screw up the looks and character....
      please dont screw up the looks and character....
      please dont screw up the looks and character....
      please dont screw up the looks and character....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree, don't dumb it down for the US market. The US Maserati Coupe lost its horseshoe shaped tail lamps a few years back because our market is considered more "conservative".
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drove one as a rental in Germany and this thing is SWEET! It was a JTDM model, 1.9 diesel turbo and boy I miss that car. If Alfa promises me one, within a year, I'll pay them MSRP NOW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was actually considering of getting 159 about a year back, but hideously famous Italian reliability (especially during winter) combined with poor resale value was definitely a no-go.

      Got a Saab 9-3 instead :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I went to the Frankfurt autoshow last year and saw one of these in the metal. To my eye it was one of the prettiest cars there, bar none. Pictures just don't do it justice. Driving dynamics be damned!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Case was, and still remains that you buy an Alfa with your heart and something else (in that respective class) with your brain. It's got to be more high-tech, has to have more features, must be faster, etc etc.

      I've always said that in order be a success, a car must do everything as well as the competition, and be a lot better in 2-3 areas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 159, from the B-pillar forward, is as chiseled and well designed as a sporty sedan can be.

      the aft half is not as decisively styled, but not bad.

      If it got a tad more italian style in the aft section, and a more dynamic chassis (read RWD-based) and a price tag between the g37 and 335i, in the vicinity of the CTS, it could do REALLY well.

      An italian option between the german, american, british/indian, japanese, and korean options, would be a nice addition. A reality-based Quattroporte for some of us of less abundant means.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I do truly hope that they bring/build this beauty here in the USA. I am still waiting for my replacement of the Alpha Romeo 146 that I used to own, loved, and still miss like crazy.

      I have yet to find any other brand car sold here in the USA that offers the same feel of excitement, charm, and character as the 146 once had.

      Also when Alfa does decide to build/sell cars here I do not want any parts designed, screwed up, or tampered by GM. I just want it to be pure Italian all the way, or at least the powertrain, electronics, interior and exterior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a strange mysterious appeal to Alfas. I see them often parking on streets, and the design, oh sweet lord, do they look mighty fine.
      I really love my A4, but still have to admit, that looking at one of 159s - especially in red - makes me feel rueful, that I wasn't more adventurous with the car purchase.
      I didn't get one because TÜV (one of german car inspection services) didn't have it in their last yearly reliability report, since it wasn't 3 years old yet. However, in the new one, coming out in the beginning of 2009 it'll be included, and if quality improved as much as rumored, boy am I going to go Alfa!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hear you...I was a German car snob that had always respected Alfa, but always stayed away....that is until I drove and subsequently bought my first one, a GTV6 Coupe some two decades ago, admittedly with more than a bit of trepidation caused by its preceding reputation. I pleasantly found that as long as you maintained them properly and gave them regular thrashings, they ran perfectly. My GTV6 and later 164 V6 Quadrifoglio were reliable daily drivers for years. I still like German cars and have a 3 series coupe as my daily driver, but I still have the GTV6 and the 164, now with over 160k miles. Can't wait to have them back in the US...Say what you want about Alfas and all their (previous) flaws, but they always feel special, and if you're a true petrolhead, you will appreciate them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      most of the german cars deserve the reputation they have been gaining for 100+ years. Today, they keep the same image even though some of them dont deserve. just the opposite goes to Alfa Romeos: bad historical reputation and even though they have good looking and good running cars they dont receive enough appreciation.
      The target markets for Alfa has been Germany and the UK however competing against BMW, MB, Audi and even VW is a tough job. Cheaper Alfa159 doesnt good enough for a conservative germancar lover german, I believe. UK is a different story but still under the influence of german cars.
      Anyway I was also about to buy an 19JTDM AT however gave up after hearing that their production plant was temporarily closed due to quality level issues.
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