It was even built on a GM/Fiat platform that underpinned some Opels. Front-wheel-drive was standard while all-wheel-drive was an option. In other words, the 159 was designed with American buyers in mind. So why didn’t the export happen? The partnership between GM and Fiat ended, and Alfa Romeo didn’t have the funds and/or the dealer network in place in the US. All told, 240,000 examples were built before production ended in 2011. Supposedly its direct successor will be the new Giulia, which will hopefully go on sale in the US sometime in 2015. We’re anxiously waiting for its arrival.