Fiat Signs Deal With Mazda To Build Alfa Romeo Roadster


  • Pinanfarina 2uettottanta Concept Picture

    Pinanfarina 2uettottanta Concept Picture

    Fiat and Mazda confirmed on Friday they have signed a final agreement that paves the way for Mazda to produce a new Alfa Romeo roadster starting in 2015. | January 18, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Fiat and Mazda confirmed on Friday they have signed a final agreement that paves the way for Mazda to produce a new Alfa Romeo roadster starting in 2015.
  • The new Alfa Romeo roadster will be developed for the global market and will be based on the next-generation Mazda MX-5.
  • The Alfa Romeo convertible will be built in Hiroshima, Japan.

MILAN, Italy — Fiat and Mazda confirmed on Friday they have signed a final agreement that paves the way for Mazda to produce a new Alfa Romeo roadster starting in 2015.

The new Alfa Romeo roadster will be developed for the global market and will be based on the next-generation Mazda MX-5.

The new convertible will be built in Hiroshima, Japan.

"The agreement foresees for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive," said the companies in a joint statement.

The name of the Alfa Romeo roadster was not disclosed, although media reports say it may either use the Spider or Duetto name. Pinanfarina created the 2uettottanta Concept, essentially an Alfa Romeo Spider concept, in 2010, hinting at how a new Alfa roadster might look. The 2uettottanta was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show.

"The name of this car evokes both 80 years of activity at Pinanfarina and the legendary Duetto, with a type of car that is, by definition, the work of Pinanfarina: the Alfa Romeo open sports car," said Pinanfarina at the time.

Edmunds says: The new Alfa Romeo roadster takes a step closer to reality.

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