Mazda and Fiat have officially confirmed a Mazda-made Alfa Romeo roadster due in 2015.
It will be developed for the global market and be based on the next-gen Mazda MX-5. The agreement mentions both Mazda and Fiat will make "two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive."
Each car will be powered by brand-specific proprietary engines. The Alfa Romeo open-top two-seater sports car will be manufactured starting in 2015 at Mazda's plant located in Hiroshima, Japan.
The next generation of the MX-5 is expected to lose 220 lbs (100 kg) and could come with a 4-cylinder, 1.3-liter turbocharged engine producing about 200 hp (149 kW). Mazda plans to offer a high level of customization options for the new Miata.
Note: Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept pictured
January 18, 2013
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Mazda and Fiat Sign Agreement for New Alfa Romeo Roadster
Further to the joint announcement of May 23, 2012, Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) and Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. (Fiat) announced today the signing of the Final Agreement which will see Mazda produce an open-top two-seater sports car for Fiat’s Alfa Romeo brand at its Hiroshima, Japan, plant starting from 2015.
The new Alfa Romeo roadster will be developed for the global market, and will be based on the architecture of the next generation Mazda MX-5. The agreement foresees for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive. The Mazda and Alfa Romeo variants will each be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand.
Through this contractual agreement, Mazda aims to enhance development and production efficiency and revitalize enthusiasm for open-top two-seater sports cars around the world. For Fiat, this collaboration will permit the company to deliver a modern interpretation of the classic Alfa Romeo roadster utilizing the latest technical solutions, helping Alfa Romeo to achieve its stated goals by 2016.