Mazda and Fiat have signed an agreement that will lead to a new Alfa Romeo roadster that will share its platform with the next Maza MX-5.
Following the initial announcement in May 2012, Mazda and Fiat announced today the signing of the Final Agreement which will see Mazda produce an open-top two-seater sports car for Fiat’s Alfa Romeo brand at its Hiroshima, Japan, plant starting from 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 agreement foresees for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive. The Mazda and Alfa Romeo variants will also get different engines.
Mazda hopes to enhance development and production efficiency and revitalize enthusiasm for open-top two-seater sports cars around the world through this new agreement. For Fiat, this collaboration will permit the company to deliver a modern interpretation of the classic Alfa Romeo roadster utilizing the latest technical solutions, helping Alfa Romeo to achieve its stated goals by 2016.