Mazda and Fiat ink deal for MX-5 based Alfa Romeo Spider

Take that non-binding MoU and bind it, baby!!

The most desirable car to be released in 2015 is now official. Mazda and Alfa Romeo will cooperate on the design of the coming Alfa Romeo Spider using the next generation MX-5 as a base architecture.

There’s no press release on this (see below). We simply have an article from Just Auto to refer to:

Mazda Motor Corporation and Fiat have signed a final agreement for Mazda to produce an Alfa Romeo roadster at its Hiroshima, Japan, plant starting from 2015.

The roadster will be based on the next generation MX-5 and developed for global sale.

“The agreement foresees for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive,” Mazda said.

“The Mazda and Alfa Romeo variants will each be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand.

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This is going to be one heck of an exciting car to watch in development. Alfa has always designed beautiful cars and more often than not, they’ve had superb engines. I have no doubt in my mind that that’ll be the case here, too – beautiful design and a great powerplant.

The difference between this Spider and the Spiders of recent years is that it’s not going to be compromised by its chassis. The MX-5 is a wonderful little driver’s car. Clothe that chassis in an Alfa body with an Alfa engine and you’re looking at something truly delicious.

Bring it on!

As an aside…… I tried to look up an Alfa Romeo press release about this but there’s been no activity on Alfa Romeo’s press site since mid-December 2012!!! I don’t know what Alfa’s PR people are doing right now but it doesn’t resemble work very much.

That’s no way to build a brand.

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11 Comments

    1. I think this is going to be a superb car. I’ve owned a number of Alfas and an MX-5 and I think the combination of the two, done right, will be a very desirable machine.

  1. Mazda engineering with beautiful Alfa aesthetics. The photos are reminiscent of the pleasing roundness of the Saab 96. Will Chrysler have their US version?

    We now have Toyota, Subaru and Scion FR-S with the same platform.

  2. This is exciting news. I also read an article regarding the return of Alfa to the US:

    “This undertaking to bring Alfa back is a one-shot deal… We are not going to do this twice… Alfas must have ‘wop’ engines… and we don’t have the powertrains worked out just yet.. we won’t put any Chrysler engines in Alfas, or Maseratis.”
    -SM

  3. >>I don’t know what Alfa’s PR people are doing right now but it doesn’t resemble work very much.<<

    Sounds like they need someone with true car passion. I hear Turin is warmer than Trollhattan.

    1. It’s so tempting for a bunch of reasons, Jim, even if I never got to Turin. I don’t know if I’ve got the energy to start again, but I hate seeing the way Alfa’s not making any decent noise.

  4. Well my father in laws 2007 Miata has rust in the the rear wheel wells.. My wifes 2003 Protege was bubbling rust on every body panel.. A combination of Miata and Fiat body quality …hmm.. can’t see how it could make the Miata any worst.

    FYI the Miata reliability is great though.

  5. This ‘could’ be great news. My only reservation is that we have heard so much ‘news’ from Alfa and especially Fiat over the years that has simply never come to fruition.
    Hopefully this time we will see a quality product that both companies can be proud of and build from. God knows Alfa need something to add to their meagre line up.
    I look forward to seeing it sooner rather than later.

  6. Globalization in the automotive industry probably gave us better, safer, less expensive cars with more features. The time an Alfa was from Italy, a Saab from Sweden, and Toyota only from Japan are long behind us. Any merger or cooperation between one or more manufacturers makes financial sense and they probably have no choice. But the character and soul of these global cars just isn’t the same anymore. I hope Alfa is not going to go the same way as Lancia in recent history. A Miata and Alfa just don’t seem to mix.

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