Mazda and Fiat platform will create together new MX5 and the Spider

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 22:11

The economic problems of Mazda and Fiat need to have a modern platform and adapted to be rear-wheel drive for your Spider has created an association of the most rare. The Mazda MX5 and the future of shared Spider platform. A notice something bizarre because nobody expected it. Mind you, this continues to be a nonbinding agreement of understanding for use Fiat platform MX5 in its new "spider".

So that we understand, Mazda needs money, Fiat has it and want to save the create a new database that possibly desaprovechase in terms of cost / benefit. This agreement involves nothing more, or share engines, behavior, nothing, only "four irons" united to give birth to a project that seemed stalled.

The chief executive of Fiat , Sergio Marchionne, said:

This agreement clearly demonstrates our commitment to Alfa Romeo and determination to become a truly global brand. Through the partnership with Mazda, we are cooperating with the leading architectures compact rear-wheel drive vehicles to provide exciting and modern roadster in the tradition Alfa Romeo.

The head of Mazda, Takashi Yamanouchi, added:

The establishment of a partnership for technology development and product is one of Mazda's corporate objectives and this announcement with Fiat is the first step in that direction.

Marchionne has sought to make clear that we must not confuse this project with the 4C, which was entrusted to a subsidiary of Maserati so you do not use this platform is not part of the agreement.

In another development, a prerequisite is that they have to be entirely different products, both technically and aesthetically, so we will not see the Spider SKYACTIV engines or TwinAir in the MX5. I'm staying with this confirmation more calm because in this way can maintain its core, that touch that differentiates each brand and it should be noted on each vehicle.

Production of the new Alfa Romeo is scheduled for 2015 while the next generation MX-5 will be released next year. Still, not yet signed a formal agreement and this has been something of a "trial balloon" for online media, which piquemos, publish the news and so the communication department of the brands that can evaluate risks in terms of image and presence that may have an agreement of this magnitude. I put it easy, I like, I like to share platform and I like because it means that we ensure the continuity of two legendary automotive products, the MX5 and the Spider.