Mazda and Fiat partner to develop new roadster - Spider revival?

Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept
Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept

Mazda and Fiat have announced they have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to produce a new roadster for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo brands based on Mazda's next-generation MX-5.

The joint announcement states the Alfa Romeo version of the roadster will be distinctly differentiated from the Mazda version with iconic and brand specific design featuring rear-wheel-drive. Both Mazda and Alfa Romeo versions will also be differentiated by using their own proprietary engines. Production for both brand versions will be manufactured at Mazda's Hiroshima, Japan, plant with production for the Alfa Romeo projected to begin in 2015.

"This agreement clearly demonstrates our commitment to Alfa Romeo and the determination to grow it into a truly global brand. By partnering with Mazda, we will be co-operating with the recognized leader in compact rear-drive vehicle architectures in order to deliver an exciting and stylish roadster in the Alfa Romeo tradition. We are appreciative of this collaboration with Mazda and look forward to maintaining a fruitful and continuous relationship." said Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Previous reports suggest the new roadster model is a revival of the classic Alfa Romeo Spider. Speculation places the Pininfarina designed Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010 as the first Spider design study.

The Final Agreement is expected to be signed in the second-half of 2012.

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IF YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM (Mazda MX-5, Roadster, Miata) THEN JOIN THEM...a great compliment to Mazda. Also Alfa (Fiat) have done the sums and it is just not viable for them to tool up and make a Roadster of their own.
May 24th, 2012 12:28pm
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A WIN for Mazda, and a feather in their cap, to get Alfa to recognize that Mazda makes the best small RWD Roadster over the past 22 years, and NO other manufacturer can really compete...they have all come and gone. The Alfa Roaster (Spider) will be ALL Japanese with Mazda Skyactiv Engines, Mazda will not install another make/brand of engine in their platform, they have NEVER done it before and they certainly will not do it now, it makes NO financial sense...It will be like the Ford Australia/Asian Ford Laser 323 and Ford Telstar 626, different outer skin and badges, that was all...they were 100% Mazda...so will this new Alfa.
May 24th, 2012 12:26pm
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Obviously your're a bit enthusiastic with Mazda, it's OK but its not like Ferrari gave them their vote of confidence, its just Alfa Romeo, a brand hardly in existence. Lets hope it benefits both companies cause they need it, especially Alfa.
May 28th, 2012 8:45am
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Valak Valak
It's so sad to see that Alfa Romeo is not able to build a roadster by itself and needs Mazda to provide the chassis !
May 23rd, 2012 10:46pm
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It mostly has to do with economies of scale and expertise. Many manufacturers cooperate to produce a car by sharing costs. Toyota and Subaru gave us a good example lately.
May 24th, 2012 7:51am
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Valak Valak
You are right and I'm glad they chose the new MX5 for the task, provided they'll be using their own engines, but still, I can't make the bitterness of comparing what Alfa Romeo is nowadays to what it used to be go away!
May 25th, 2012 2:48pm
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-Matt- -Matt-
First reliable Alfa ? :D
May 23rd, 2012 10:32pm
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benzboy benzboy
I think this is exciting. I dont know that I would buy one , but I have a neighbor who has a fiat spyder in his garage that is mint and over 40 years old. Good luck with this.
May 23rd, 2012 8:35pm
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Aditya.Ramesh Aditya.Ramesh
but i doesnt look like an alfa at all
May 23rd, 2012 7:28pm
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Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
This is a thrilling news; in an ideal world I'd like to see the RX-5 & GTA derivatives (using an N/A birotor and an N/A 2.5 V6 respectively), but given nowadays' trends we are more likely to see turbocharged four bangers for the top specs versions.
May 23rd, 2012 6:55pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
It better look muscley because you wouldn't want to look like a hair dresser.
May 23rd, 2012 5:02pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
This is great news, I'm totally looking forward to seeing both cars!
May 23rd, 2012 4:37pm
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///AMG ///AMG
May 23rd, 2012 4:05pm
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