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Sales of the 166 never grew as Alfa had hoped, following the facelift in September 2003, and the additional lack of a diesel engine in the United Kingdom, Australian, and Irish markets limited its reach into company car sectors.

This was as the 2.4 JTD diesel engine was only optional on markets for LHD.

As well as upgrades to the chassis, interior, and the engine range, the styling was substantially altered.

The new front end resembled the also recently revamped 156, and lost its famous drooping headlights.

Though the car's handling characteristics, engine range and elegant exterior design received praise from many, including Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, it did not become a strong seller to rival the dominant German brands, in the European executive car sector.

In September 2003, the 166 underwent a substantial revamp, with the d├ębut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The instrumentation included a full range of gauges including an advanced check-panel.

For example: it had three onboard computers (one for air conditioning, one for instrumentation, and one for the engine management); air conditioning and instrument functions shared a multiple-mode coded Zilog Z80-class microcontroller for dashboard functioning).Diesel engines were a L5 2.4 10v common rail turbodiesel version with 136 PS (100 k W; 134 hp), 140 PS (103 k W; 138 hp) and 150 PS (110 k W; 148 hp) output, praised for its refinement.The TS model used a five speed manual gearbox, whilst the 2.5 and 3.0 had the option of a Sportronic automatic gearbox.In June 2007, production of the 166 effectively ended, with no direct successor.In September 2008, the platform was sold to the Chinese state run manufacturer GAC Group.

For example: it had three onboard computers (one for air conditioning, one for instrumentation, and one for the engine management); air conditioning and instrument functions shared a multiple-mode coded Zilog Z80-class microcontroller for dashboard functioning).

Diesel engines were a L5 2.4 10v common rail turbodiesel version with 136 PS (100 k W; 134 hp), 140 PS (103 k W; 138 hp) and 150 PS (110 k W; 148 hp) output, praised for its refinement.

The TS model used a five speed manual gearbox, whilst the 2.5 and 3.0 had the option of a Sportronic automatic gearbox.

In June 2007, production of the 166 effectively ended, with no direct successor.

In September 2008, the platform was sold to the Chinese state run manufacturer GAC Group.

The design would later influence the rest of the Alfa Romeo range (starting in 1990 with the major redesign of the 33 and culminating with the 155, and also see Pininfarina adapt it for the 1987 Peugeot 405 and the 1989 Peugeot 605 sedans).