New Alfa Roadster based on next-gen MX-5

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by MooSquad, May 23, 2012.

  1. Mazda and Fiat Announce Co-operation Program

    Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) and Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. (Fiat) have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and manufacturing of a new roadster for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo marques based on Mazda’s next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive architecture.

    The study calls for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific light weight, roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive. The Mazda and Alfa
    Romeo variants will each be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand. The project assumption is that both vehicles will be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan, plant with production for Alfa Romeo envisaged starting in 2015.

    “Establishing technology and product development alliances is one of Mazda’s corporate objectives and this announcement with Fiat is an important first step in that direction. It is especially exciting to be collaborating with such a prestigious marque as Alfa Romeo on a
    new roadster based on the next-generation MX-5, which is such an iconic vehicle for Mazda and recognized as the best-selling roadster of all time.” said Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda's Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, President and CEO.

    “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.

    The Final Agreement is expected to be signed in the second-half of 2012. Mazda and Fiat have also agreed to discuss further pportunities for co-operation in Europe.
  2. Oh this will be sweet!
  3. If it's being built by Mazda, does this mean we'll finally have a reliable Alfa, or that we'll have the first Alfa with no passion?
  4. Yes.
  5. yeah this can be either a good thing or a bad thing.
  6. Rear wheel drive rotary-powered Alfa Romeo

    I can see the headlines now
  7. and sold & serviced by your local Chrysler dealer!
  8. mazdas have plenty of passion

  10. rx7 has so much passion it needed a different engine to work
  11. dose V8s go pritty sik m8
  12. Sounds like a good idea being base off the MX-5.
  14. One of the only non-supercar brands with any passion at all.
  15. the mx5 is like a wet pussy. if they are going to join on e of the most stylish brands in the world they are going to need to man up the mx 5
  16. it will look like an mx 5 with alfa chassis and FWD
  17. worst
  18. Such a pessimist... Why can't it look like an Alpha with a mazda chassis/drivetrain? I can't imagine that they would take the worst parts of both cars and put them together.
  19. haha fuccckk
  20. Well, it wouldn't be a first time for them haha
  21. Nice nissan
  22. ^clearly doesn't understand what the MX5 is about
  23. Wow youre a #$%#en idiot. Nice avatar as well nerd boy
  24. Because Alfa roadsters have a LONG history of being masculine, he-man things.
  25. No way we don't get more new members. They are all shit

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