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We Hear: Alfa Romeo Spider Will Not be Based on Mazda Miata

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/19/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Earlier this year, rumors swirled that Alfa Romeo and Mazda may no longer be planning to jointly develop a sports car. Now, a new report confirms we won't see a Miata-based Alfa Romeo Spider, but we can "probably" expect a similar collaboration between Mazda and Fiat-Abarth.

"‘As far as the Spider goes, the final version is of course no longer the two-seater FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] codeveloped with Mazda," Alfa Romeo chief Harald Wester told CAR Magazine. "The Far East import will probably find a new home with Fiat-Abarth."

Wester said that the Spider would instead be based on Alfa's own Project Giorgio architecture that is set to underpin many of the brand's future models. Along with the Spider, this rear-wheel drive architecture will also find a home on the new Guilia 159 replacement.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

Sergio Marchionne hinted at a dissolution of the Mazda/Alfa Romeo partnership a while back, saying all future Alfa Romeos would be built in Italy. The Mazda-Alfa Romeo sports car, however, was planned back in 2012 to be built in Japan. The car was originally expected to enter production in 2015.

If Marchionne does instead decide to pursue a partnership between Fiat and Mazda, we may expect a new Barchetta roadster to come to market. This gels with what we've heard in the past, so you can likely count on the Abarth range adding a new model in the future.

Alfa Romeo 4C pictured above.

Source: CAR Magazine


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