Citing unnamed sources, a fresh report from Edmunds.com claims that the Fiat-badged Mazda MX-5 will have its world debut, either at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September or at 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show in November.
The multinational auto giant originally planned to sell the MX-5 as an Alfa Romeo vehicle, but all Alfa Romeo vehicles are and have to be ‘Made-in-Italy’. The joint venture agreement between FCA Group and Mazda suggests that the FCA Group’s iteration of the MX-5 must be built at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima. This is a reason FCA Group decided to go with the Fiat branding.
About the ‘124 Spider’ name, the company decided this so as to have instant recognition of the car and association of the car as a 21st century version of the 1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider (pictured above).
The MX-5 is a 2-seater though; whether the new Fiat-branded roadster will be able to continue with its legacy of offering 2+2 seating arrangement is still to be known. Under the hood, there are good chances of a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo petrol engine being employed, the same one that powers the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. An Abarth model is likely to follow, with sportier styling and performance enhancements.
[News Source: Edmunds.com]
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