Absolutely spot on.
The Mito has certainly divided opinion over the so called 'Alfa Purists' I generally love all Alfa's and think the Mito is a decent car compared to what it's put up against. My partner has a Mini that she dearly wanted (BMW one) and the Mito certainly stands up well against that, what it certainly has done is put Alfa back on the map, there's a lot of interest now and build quality post 159 has been mainly comparible to the German cars which don't look anything like as good. I personally think the new Milano/149 from the pictures I have seen looks stunning, i'm sure it will be translated into sales as has been evidenced with the Mito.
We have to accept with global economies, that a certain amount of 'part sharing' is going to happen, at least the Alfa's are still retaining a certain degree of Italian Charm, even if that is traded off somewhat against mass market appeal.
Saab have been nothing but glorified GM products for many years and lost any of their former charm, it will be interesting to see whether they get it back after the breakaway from GM.