Originally Posted by SCOOTERMAN
No, my eyesights fine thank-you. Look at the way the A-pillar "blends" into the bonnet "buldge" that extends down to the grille, giving the edge of the bonnet a "shoulder"-like stance. Looks just like the new Focus. I know the 156 has something similar, but it's nowhere near as pronounced; hell, you have to actually look for it. It's subtle. It's nice. This is just obvious.
The C-pillar/boot relationship looks like a Mazda3 saloon, maybe a 6 hatch. Either way, the fact that it makes you think something *other* that "That's a Alfa..." is a bad thing. Hell, even the door handles now resemble everything else.
Sorry, but IMO it looks like Alfa have dumbed-down their styling so as enhance it's mass-market appeal; like they've dumped the sleek/sexy look for the "prestige" style like every man and his dog are adopting so as to give their cars that extra bit of image. A step backwards, a wasted opportunity, whatever you want to call it, it's not what I'd call progress.
The 156 was a stunner from day one. This monstrosity, by comparison, well...
Dude you have not only sucumbed to the enemy's marketing but also you are spreading it!
The "Focus" bonnet shoulder copied that of the 156. So, if the 159 has something similar, then it's because Ford copied the Alfa design, not the other way round.
If you look at the dashboard of the Mazda 3/6 you will see where they get their design inspiration from - there is an Alfa 147 sitting in some corner of a Japanese factory design centre. Mazda, interestingly are owned by Mr Ford.
Compare the '59 handles with those on the 166. They come from the same factory without any doubt. I don't think the design is "dumbed down" at all.
If the 156 was more exciting then it's down to the fact that it superceded the old 155 (worthy old warhorse but a dated design when it was replaced). That followed the 75 (ditto). The 159 follows the 147, GT and Brera - it is more generic, so less "new" looking. That does not make it a monstrosity.