<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by JoeO:
<strong>Well, the article does say "it (the 157/158) will retain a clear resemblance to the current 156"!
I don't think anyone was expecting a radical departure, were they? My concern is that they will make the car look "safer" -- more like the homogenous pack from Germany and Japan. There are signs, particularly at the front end, that this could be the case. The lines in the front bumper and wheel arch area are not very attractive on those shots, I think.
I read somewhere that the reasons they were going to call it the 158 were not only to mark a large step, but also to pay homage to the 158 Alfetta which won the first post-war Grand Prix world title. That's a tall order and one, surely, that the current Alfa management would not take on lightly.
So, we all know that there will be a lot riding on this new model for Alfa and its parent Fiat Auto. The temptation to play safe must be great but we hope that the spirit of the Alfetta lives on and that Alfisti will not be disappointed. Right?
Joe</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Well considering that the 157/158 will have GM/Saab chassis and Australian built GM V6 motor available and both FWD and 4WD then maybe Alfa think that is radical enough this time.