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William Maley

Alfa Romeo CEO Confirms No Miata Based Alfa Romeo Spyder :Comments

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It seems like only yesterday when the announcement of a partnership between Alfa Romeo and Mazda to build a new Spyder using the next-generation MX-5 Miata. But earlier this year, reports started to flow about how the partnership was going up in smoke. Alfa was reportedly going to go on its own for the Spyder, while Abarth would get the roadster that was originally going to go to Alfa. We now have confirmation on both counts.

Car Magazine recently interviewed Harold Wester, brand chief for both Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Wester confirmed that Alfa Romeo Spyder would not be based on the Mazda MX-5.

"As far as the Spider goes, the final version is of course no longer the two-seater FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobile] codeveloped with Mazda but a derivative of project Giorgio," said Wester.

Project Giorgio is the codename for the new rear-wheel drive platform that will underpin the new Spyder, along with other Alfa models in the pipeline. Wester also confirmed that the work done by Alfa and Mazda won't go to waste.

"The Far East import will probably find a new home with Fiat-Abarth."

Source: Car Magazine


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Believe it when you see it. Right now Fiat  and Alfa both have terrible reputations for delivering product and with quality. If not when it gets here, expect it to loose nuts and bolts being driven off the lot.

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I have to say, I had a friend who had a Miata and I was not impressed in the vehicle. It had no power and could barely get out of its own way let alone another car. So I am happy to see this announcement. 

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I have to say that I really want this project to come to a successful end, because we all know that Alfa Romeo can make a beautiful car and I really want to see a cabrio designed by them, with or without Mazda.  

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