Not all Italian-designed hatchbacks are created equally. On the left is the Alfa Romeo 147, designed by Walter de Silva and Wolfgang Egger at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo. On the right is the Daewoo Lanos, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
With its pert proportions, strong character lines and neat details, the Alfa 147 is one of the most attractive hatchbacks of the current century.
And, something almost unheard of, it was made even more attractive with its mid-cycle enhancement.
You would never think a Daewoo could have been as attractive as an Alfa Romeo. Despite its Giugario design, the Lanos is not as attractive as the 147. And yet, it doesn’t look half bad. Perhaps not beautiful but definitely easy on the eyes, particularly if you strip away the Daewoo grille.
The Lanos was a barely competitive subcompact that, along with the average Leganza and subpar Nubira, failed to save Daewoo from financial ruin. Perhaps that Giugario design might have been better used on another company’s car? I pose to you this: has there ever been a beautiful or at least handsome design that was just begging to be attached to a better car?