Gifs I agree with you but the nice thing for the Germans is they have more entry level models than the ones you've mentioned at lower prices (318, C180, A4 1.4t) which gets people the image they want at a lower price point. I've driven a new 318 and you'd never guess it was a 1.5l 3-cylinder just by driving it. I'd buy a lower price point Guilia say a 1750 or 1.4 MultiAir if it was on offer.
I don't think Alfa can afford to ignore the entry level junior exec saloon segment. Of course everyone wants the 'meneer' versions but the reality is they'll settle for an entry level model. a de-badged 318 with the M Sport pack looks just as good 335 or a 340 and the average pleb on the street can't tell the difference.
Personally I think there needs to be a clearly defined jump up from a Fiat to an Alfa to a Maserati. As an example you can go from a VW to an Audi to a Porsche and still stay within the VAG portfolio. I'm happy to stay within the FCA portfolio but they need to have products which fit my needs AND my pocket. At the moment that's not really the case.
I can't justify spending half a million rand on a car. It just seems ludicrous. I like cars and Alfas but I think waaaay too many South Africans get themselves into stupid amounts of dept just to drive a fancy car.
Last edited by alastpa; 06-12-16 at 05:12.