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Alfa Romeo Miata? Mazda And Alfa Team Up On Roadster

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On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo Miata? Mazda And Alfa Team Up On Roadster

Alfa Romeo is desperately trying to claw its way back to relevance, so it shouldn't really come as much surprise that it will cling onto one of the most successful roadsters of our times when building a small convertible of its own. Still, Alfa Romeo Miata has a strange sound to it.

Mazda and Alfa Romeo announce this week that they have signed a non-binding "Memorandum of Understanding" to jointly develop a new roadster. The roadster will be based on the next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive platform.

While the architecture will be shared, each roadster will be distinctly styled and true to its brand heritage, so don't fear a lightly dressed Miata with an Alfa grille. The Pinanfarina 2uettottanta (pictured) may provide some inspiration for the Alfa version's styling. Each car will also be powered by a distinct engine from its parent company.

Both cars are currently planned for manufacture at Mazda's Hiroshima plant. Production of the Alfa Romeo roadster is expected to begin 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," says Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda's Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. "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.”

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne says the partnership demonstrates Fiat's commitment to grow Alfa into a global brand. A statement issued by the parties mentions the possibility of an expanded relationship in Europe and says that the final agreement for the Alfa/MX-5 project should be signed in the second half of this year.

Alfa Romeo is also expected to build a roadster version of the upcoming 4C.



Sun Chaser | 4:25PM (Fri, Jan 18, 2013)

Funny how the rear deck is a direct copy of the Kappas (Sky & Solstice)

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