I don't understand good looks 'ageing' in cars - a beautiful car is that for ever imho....it's not like a woman who may lose her looks over the decades. I appreciate tastes change but i can't ever imagine a time when the front end of the 159 doesn't look anything else but magnificent. Granted the back end is nothing amazing but the overall look still works very well for me.
Alfa are in a bit of a catch 22 - if they make more generic looking cars they may increase sales but lose the 'identity' that many of us have purchased one for...
Been driving Alfa's for 7years now since an RX8 and still nothing tempts me away...despite their nigles
mmmmh that's an interesting point: my theory is that a car's aesthetics goes through 3 or 4 different stages
1) Brand new, fantastic looks etc..
2) Blending in with the rest out there
3) looking "old"
4) becoming a classic
I think Alfas tend to skip number 2 normally, they always manage to stand out, but while the looks of a 159 is still very contemporary IMHO, a 164 or 156 would fit in the 3, and an old Giulietta or a GT Junior are the kinda cars that stick to no.4.
The real cool thing about Alfa Romeos is that they always made a "one off" car, so if you had a 145, you know that there was just one 145, unlike BMW does with their series.. that gave a different spirit to the whole thing, but now, with the bloody Marchionne on the steering wheel and the introduction of the Giulietta, I thought they were trying to turn Alfa into a brand, completely changing the original "Cuore Sportivo"... then the Alfa 4C comes out, and apart for starting to save money for it, one wonders what they're planning on doing next!