Alfa Romeo and Mazda team up to develop new roadster based on MX-5
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- 04:49 pm, May 23, 2012
Fiat and Mazda Motor have signed a MoU for the development of new roadster featuring rear-wheel drive.
Just earlier in the day we had reported that Mazda Motor Corp is considering a tie-up wit Fiat SpA and a certain official announcement was anticipated later in the day. And while, we were waiting keenly to catch any movement from either of the companies, an official press release stating that Fiat and Mazda have entered into a co-operation agreement was promptly dropped into our inbox.
Fiat SpA and Mazda Motor Corporation have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and manufacturing of a new roadster for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo marques based on Mazda's next generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive architecture. The study calls for both Fiat and Mazda to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific lightweight, roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive. Specific proprietary engines unique to each brand will power the Alfa Romeo and Mazda variants each.
The project assumption is that both vehicles will be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan, plant with production for Alfa Romeo envisaged starting in 2015.
“Establishing technology and product development alliances is one of Mazda’s corporate objectives and this announcement with Fiat is an important first step in that direction. It is especially exciting to be collaborating with such a prestigious marque as Alfa Romeo on a new roadster based on the next-generation MX-5, which is such an iconic vehicle for Mazda and recognized as the best-selling roadster of all time.” said Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda's representative director and chairman of the Board, president and CEO.
“This agreement clearly demonstrates our commitment to Alfa Romeo and the determination to grow it into a truly global brand. By partnering with Mazda, we will be co-operating with the recognized leader in compact rear-drive vehicle architectures in order to deliver an exciting and stylish roadster in the Alfa Romeo tradition. We are appreciative of this collaboration with Mazda and look forward to maintaining a fruitful and continuous relationship.” said Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The Final Agreement is expected be signed in the second-half of 2012.
First Published on 04:49 pm, May 23, 2012
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