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    Rumorpile: Fiat Spyder to be Shown At Frankfurt or LA Auto Show


    The Miata-based Fiat Spyder will soon make an appearance. Edmunds has learned from industry sources that the Spyder will debut at the Frankfurt or LA Auto Show this year. The sources go onto say that the new Spyder will boast a 1.4L four-cylinder engine and be built at Mazda's Hiroshima plant.

    Jason Stoicevich, head of Fiat Brand for North America wouldn't confirm a date for when we'll see it, but did say the Spyder "is a logical car for our brand."

    "There is a ton of heritage behind that. I think that just kind of puts the bow on the showroom for us and fills it out completely," said Stoicevich.

    Source: Edmunds

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    What a waste of Money. The original Fiat Spyder was just junk and spent more time broken than working. FIAT should be spending this money on existing auto's and get them working as world class quality and then look to see if they really need the auto line.

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    What a waste of Money. The original Fiat Spyder was just junk and spent more time broken than working. FIAT should be spending this money on existing auto's and get them working as world class quality and then look to see if they really need the auto line.

     

    How exactly is it a waste of money? It was already in development as an Alfa until Alfa decided to abandon the work the was done in conjunction with Mazda. If the work was done, the money was spent... I'd say the additional budget to slap a Fiat badge on it in place of Alfa's was a minimal investment, and likely well worth it. 

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    What a waste of Money. The original Fiat Spyder was just junk and spent more time broken than working. FIAT should be spending this money on existing auto's and get them working as world class quality and then look to see if they really need the auto line.

     

    How exactly is it a waste of money? It was already in development as an Alfa until Alfa decided to abandon the work the was done in conjunction with Mazda. If the work was done, the money was spent... I'd say the additional budget to slap a Fiat badge on it in place of Alfa's was a minimal investment, and likely well worth it. 

     

    It was a waste from the very begining. Fiat has not learned a damn lesson on building quality products and keeps flushing money down the drain on the stupid Alfa line. They need to focus on fixing the terrible quality in the Fiat line, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram. Yes all of them have some very big issues that should be fixed before wasting another billion dollars on a pipe dream of building and selling Alfa's again in the US or even Europe.

     

    World market has way to many OEM name plates and we could do with another round of consolidation to clean up the auto industry on a global scale.

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    World has too many FACTORIES (capacity to build product) but about the right number of brands (variety) and of dealers (convenient location points) for same.  A FIAT produced by Mazda in Japan that automatically shares the quality virtues of a high volume Miata can be partly reskinned on the cheap.  What it could do against Mazda is shrink the per dealer sales of the Miata by the amount of units moved off the FIAT floor, a problem for Mazda's retail penetration, but not for its bottom line.  Its bottom line would benefit from Fiat/Chryco's cash up front. I say the foregoing knowing the inelasticity of the market for strict two seat roadsters, which cannot grow past the empty nesters or singles now buying them. 

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    What a waste of Money. The original Fiat Spyder was just junk and spent more time broken than working. FIAT should be spending this money on existing auto's and get them working as world class quality and then look to see if they really need the auto line.

     

    How exactly is it a waste of money? It was already in development as an Alfa until Alfa decided to abandon the work the was done in conjunction with Mazda. If the work was done, the money was spent... I'd say the additional budget to slap a Fiat badge on it in place of Alfa's was a minimal investment, and likely well worth it. 

     

    It was a waste from the very begining. Fiat has not learned a damn lesson on building quality products and keeps flushing money down the drain on the stupid Alfa line. They need to focus on fixing the terrible quality in the Fiat line, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram. Yes all of them have some very big issues that should be fixed before wasting another billion dollars on a pipe dream of building and selling Alfa's again in the US or even Europe.

     

    World market has way to many OEM name plates and we could do with another round of consolidation to clean up the auto industry on a global scale.

     

     

    Riiiight. By that logic, GM and Ford both need to follow in FCA's footsteps.

     

    FCA has its share of problems, sure, buts its not that far off from the norm for American automakers. The Cruze has been far below average in reliability (1.4T more so than 1.8L), as bad or worse than many FCA products. In fact, the Cruze was rated in the top 10 of the most unreliable new cars you can buy. Only the 500L and Cherokee ranked worse, a pretty bad showing for a car that should have its problems sorted out by now (out 5 years to the others 1 year). I guess GM is spending too damn much money on things like Z28s, Z06s, and Cadillac V cars... 

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