Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Alfa's all new very "big" compact sports sedan

There has been a lot of press about the Alfa Romeo Berra, which will make its world debut at the Geneva autoshow, but almost nothing on the new 159. Yet the 159 is possibly Alfa's most important car introduction ever, a make or break model if there ever was. Not only does the 159 have big shoes to fill, its precdecessor, the 156, was hugely popular, but this car will most likely lead Alfa's return to the American market. And, I for one, am hopefully optimistic. I am a big fan of the old 156, it came out nowhere, an unexpected champion in the compact sports sedan market. And as an underdog, many of its flaws could be overlooked. Not so for the 159. It needs to be great. Not a great Alfa Romeo, not a great Italian sports sedan, but a great sports sedan regardless of the competition. Americans will expect nothing else. And so far it look, well ... great.

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