Say what you will about the Alfa Romeo 159, but it's arguably one of the most attractive sports sedans on the (foreign) market. And when it's gone, it will be missed. But gone is precisely what it will be soon, as the Fiat group begins its gradual discontinuation.

According to reports, production of the 159 has already ceased as the assembly plant in Naples where it's built is re-tooled for production of the new Fiat Panda. The entire model line has reportedly disappeared from the order books in several keys markets, including the UK, while other markets continue offering the 159 from stockpiles built up ahead of the factory's temporary closure, but that means only four colors and one engine are available.

The 159 was a model mired by its shortcomings from the get-go. Although the Giugiaro styling turned heads, its edgy front end made for poor aerodynamics. The GM-sourced platform didn't serve the car well, and neither did its engines. And while it was originally engineered to meet U.S. regulations, the brand's return to the American market was pushed back time and time again, and is still yet to arrive.

The departure of the 159 leaves a gaping hole in not only Alfa Romeo's but the entire Fiat group's line-up. Aside from the Maserati Quattroporte and Lancia-badged Chryslers, the Golf-sized Alfa Giulietta, Lancia Delta and Fiat Bravo hatchbacks now stand as the largest passenger vehicles the company offers. And with the 159's successor – expected to be dubbed Giulia – not expected until later in 2013, it looks to stay that way for another couple of years at least.


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      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Pour" aerodynamics? Quite 'pour" spelling if you ask me, autoblog.
      smgoeller
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they sold Alfa's in the States, theyre gorgeous cars.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really wish the Brera made it's way here, I would have bought one in a heartbeat, poor build quality and all. The looks alone are totally worth the price of admission.
      Lowland
      • 3 Years Ago
      I much prefered the pre-facelift 156, to be honest. Sexiest looking car I ever owned and not particularly unreliable, either.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, we in the States didn't even get a chance at the 159's
      Lance
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alfa -if you're listening- bring back the GTV6! A sporty, V6 REAR drive sports coupe, competitively priced, would sell like hotcakes, especially in the US!
      Paradigm ♂♂
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nooooo :(
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally. The car is substandard from every viewpoint - engines, chassis, built quality, design...
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        You don't know what you're talking about. Fiat's JTD units are arguably some of the finest and the most cutting edge diesel technology on the market. So much so that GME pawned a number of them.
      AlfaForTheWin
      • 3 Years Ago
      A phenomenon that has often happened to me is to experience something for the first time and think it’s not great, but above average, if I think of it at all. Then, the more I have the experience, the more it grows on me. I start to understand it better, and, before you know it, I can't get enough of it. This is what happened when I listened to the Beatles, Kanye West and Arcade Fire. The phenomenon also occurred with movies like Forrest Gump, The Departed and the HBO show The Wire. The only car I have had this experience with is the Alfa Romeo 159. Ever since I saw the 159 in Italy, I have religiously followed the non-return of Alfa to the US. I hope and dream of owning a 159, knowing it will never see American shores. I often think of what car I would choose if I could have any car in the world. Though there are more powerful, better driving, and more beautiful cars, I would have an Alfa Romeo 159. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent of the 159 in the US. Nothing combines the elegance, style, audible joy, and driving pleasure with such a lack of pretension. The 159 isn't about going faster or turning sharper, though it does both pretty well, it is about making you feel happy. This applies both to the driver who gets to enjoy driving the car while glancing at the tasteful gauges, any passengers that get to sit in the supple Italian leather seats, and anyone who has the pleasure of watching and hearing a 159 go by. Modern 3 series, A4s, and C-classes look fantastic, but line them up next to a 159 and it is undeniable which of the cars is most beautiful. In fact, since seeing it in person, I think the 159 is one of the most beautiful of all cars, but again, I did not think this the first time I saw it. I had to see it repeatedly on Italian side streets before I realized the perfect proportions. The aggressive-yet-elegant grille. The sleek tail lights. The purposeful hood. The artfully styled door handles. The simplicity. And all of that is just the exterior of the car. All of this is achieved without any sense of gaudiness. The Alfa doesn't shout at you, yet still has presence.
        Nowuries
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        Could not have said it better--absolutely the same sentiment. Thanks for the post!
          Myself
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nowuries
          I want my car to be perfectly built, great to drive with great design. I don't buy a car to evoke sentiments based on legends that never were. 159 is a puff smoke.
      ryancw23
      • 3 Years Ago
      "arguably " it looks like a Mazda 6 with a body kit - if you're into that sort of thing.
        quuppa70
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryancw23
        its doesn look like Mazda, but Mazda has "copied" many years Alfas desing
          Myself
          • 3 Years Ago
          @quuppa70
          It doesn't look like a Mazda. And tell which Mazda exactly copied Alfa's design? None. Unless you call using 4-wheels on a car a feature unique to Alfa.
          quuppa70
          • 3 Years Ago
          @quuppa70
          "And tell which Mazda exactly copied Alfa's design?" Mazda 6 1gen interior is copy of 156 also some things in rear are copied of 156 , Mazda2 first gen rear end is copy of Alfa 145, porobaly there is lots of more ,,, so its vice versa you told, Alfa has not copied anything from Mazda
      Nowuries
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone who thinks this car is ugly is crazy in my book... one of the best looking sedans of the past 10 years, and the 159 TDSI Sportwagon is a dream car of mine. If Alfa had got off their butt and got over here in time to sell it, I would have one in my driveway for sure... Unfortunately the new Giulia is going the styling way of the Mito and Giulietta, which means it is too feminine and round for me. Oh well Fiat, you took too long.
      farizY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most definitely one of the sexiest four door sedan ever made!!! Pity, terrible after sales support in Malaysia, not to mention the bloody high taxes we have to pay to get one.....
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