159 looks out of date? The 159 may have it's issues but I don't see looking out of date as being one of them any time soon.
The new 3 series and C class are, well just gonna look like more Mercs and BMW's. No more timeless and far less interesting.
I agree totally, i don't see the critics point of view to be honest. Yes there are a few flaws, but to me it has been a complete Alfa. Gorjuz, sexy, refined, solid, safe, it has a beautiful interior, its nice to drive and above all has that special "thing" about it.
It has a sense of spark that BM's, Audi and Merc's lack. James May also seemed to agree.
Now i must move to the point of where it currently leaves Alfa..........
At least there are enough numbers to carry to 2013, and Alfa can say there is a "saloon" on the market. Apparently a 159 SW will feature at Frankfurt. If the 159 does infact fully cease (only demos) then Alfa's identity will go out the window if they only sell hatchbacks. Alfa, known for sport saloons and sports coupes/convertibles will slowly diminish if they rely on only two models, both of the same form. I believe they should have at least kept the Brera on the market strictly for imagerial purposes until the 4C, and now with a reduction of the 159.... Alfa's pedigree is inexistent for the moment.
Lets hope the 4C hurries up.