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    Rumorpile: Mazda's Engineers Push For More Rear-Wheel Drive Models


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    October 4, 2013

    A new report from Edmunds says Mazda's middle and senior-ranking engineers are pushing for the revival of rear-wheel drive models for the brand. The reasoning for this is that is would let the brand become more in line with the MX-5 and RX coupes and provide an edge for the automaker.

    However, Mazda's top management is resistant to the idea since the cost of developing new platforms is too high and their current crop of new vehicles is doing very well.

    Edmunds does float out the idea of Mazda extending their partnership with Alfa Romeo. The two are currently working on a roadster that will spawn the next Alfa Spyder and MX-5. Alfa has also been rumored to be working on new rear-drive sedans. Perhaps something could happen here... Perhaps.

    Source: Edmunds

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Too Little too Late. mazda is a Niche player and cannot absorb these costs to change from a FWD appliance maker. They just need to merge and move on.

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    They don't have the money, but if they have a partnership with Alfa, maybe they could get in on the next LX car.

    Maybe... I like Mazda; hope they make it.

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