One of the oldest compact hatchbacks in Europe, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been around since 2010 and enjoyed its best sales year ever in 2011 when 78,911 units were purchased by European buyers. While virtually all of its rivals have switched to new generations in recent years, the Giulietta has remained essentially the same, even though it did receive some minor tweaks once in a while. It’s no surprise that sales took a dive, falling to only 15,690 cars on the Old Continent last year. That’s about five times less compared to the sales it generated in its best year.
Alfa Romeo is replacing the aging Giulietta, but not directly. Instead of coming out with a new hatchback, the Italian marque is getting ready to introduce the road-going Tonale. While some will be sad to see the Giulietta go, the company promises its new compact crossover will offer the same driving dynamics as the sporty hatchback.