The 159 is undoubtedly a striking and classic design and is different from the pack - but I do believe it is showing its age a bit now.
And as for the 169? Sergio Marchionne in a conference call reported on Italiaspeed.com :
"Alfa Romeo, which has a bare future at present as it continues to edge slowly towards a sale to the VW Group, was given very little comfort by Marchionne during the conference call. A much-talked-about plan to build an E-segment luxury sedan for Alfa Romeo (often dubbed the 169), alongside a sister model from Maserati, was put to bed during the conference call, although in reality this model was never anything more than Fiat Group spin and plans for the 169 didn’t even appear in the most recent Fiat Group investor presentation unveiled in Italy in late April. Asked about plans for this model, Marchionne was non-committal during the conference: “To be honest with you, I still don’t like the style,” he claimed. This theoretical model, which had been linked to production at Chrysler’s Ohio plant, was supposed to be signed off this year to hit its 2012 on-sale ‘target’, but Marchionne reckoned that a decision to green-light the project was still six to nine months away. He revealed that little effort appeared to have been committed to the project so far by saying, “Until we get that (the style) right, I’m not sure we’re going to commit capital. The car needs work, it’s not ready.”"
In the meantime, the C-Evo platform will be used by the Chrysler Group to revive the Dodge Neon - probably in the first quarter of 2012.
Not sure what they are saying about the 169 and the distinction between 169 and Giulia appears to be somewhat blurred as the production dates all coincide with the Giulia strategy. The Giulia is D segment??
Marchionne also re-emphasised that the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform could underpin new offerings from Alfa Romeo and Maserati,