This may be the last chance to buy an Alfa Romeo hatchback for a while
Alfa Romeo building inventory and then retiring bargain hatchback Giulietta without replacement - current deadline is October
It was already announced before the world went into lockdown that - unless demand skyrockets - Alfa Romeo's best selling model, the Giulietta will be retired this year. Now we seem to have a more accurate prediction, as parts stocks are running lower, manufacturing is likely ending in mid-October. Until then a daily output of 100 cars is calculated. In the summer the production was restarted in the Cassino plant and now we also know that it has entered it's last weeks, as the compact Alfa will be discontinued more than 10 years after it's introduction. While the really sporty trim levels were terminated long ago, customers kept buying the Fiat Bravo-derived Alfa which rivalled German premium cars at a much lower price point. And that is a reason why many should care for the last models: while the Giulietta couldn't come up with a lot of technological innovation one can find in a BMW 1 series or Mercedes-Benz A-Class, it still offers plenty of refinement and can be a reasonable choice for those looking for a hatchback amidst the current market turmoil.
Many find the old Alfa steering wheel bulky and the tech is a bit outdated too, but in exchange it's cheap.
A strange selling point of the last Giuliettas may be the fact that while nearly all rivals purged diesel engines from their hatchbacks, the Milanese brand still offers 3 different diesel engine configurations (1.6 and 2.0 with 6-speed manual or with dual-clutch automatic transmission) for long-distance commuters next to their down-to-earth 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine. The last examples come in 3 different trim levels: the base "Sprint", the mid-level "TI" and the top of the line "Veloce". As with every end-of-life product, the current goal is building inventory which shall last until Alfa Romeo retools the manufacturing lines and possibly starts the production of a new model.
Before Fiat saved Alfa Romeo, they produced woeful hatchbacks like the Alfasud or the Arna.
It is clear that in the short-term there will be no replacement for the Giulietta, meaning Alfa Romeo ends almost 40 years of continuous hatchback manufacturing that started with the ill-famous Alfasud and continued with the even more unpopular Nissan Cherry-rebadge, the Arna. In the mid '80s that fortune took a 180° turn with the much more appreciated 33, the boxy 145/146 and then the 147 winning the European Car of the Year award in 2001. The latest additions were the MiTo - a small hatchback built on the Fiat 500 platform that one can still often see on the roads -, and the Giulietta which served as a bigger brother to complement it.
Ummm... that is not a hatchback. For that we may have to wait on the Peugeot merger.
The company management would like to see the Alfa Romeo Tonale B-segment crossover concept car go into production to improve sales numbers, but there are rumours about a possible Giulietta-replacement being built on Peugeot's CMP platform, thus any new information coming up about the Peugeot 308 replacement may also be relevant to a new Alfa Romeo hatchback. FCA is also planning a facelift for the Tipo hatchback next year, but that vehicle is aimed at the lower-end of the market and can't really serve as a basis for a new Alfa Romeo.