Fiat’s Mazda MX-5 spin-off to be called Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat will call its Mazda MX-5 spin-off the Fiat 124 Spider according to FCA boss Sergio Marchionne who spoke with Auto Express.
FCA BOSS, Sergio Marchionne was asked by UK publication Auto Express about the brand’s Mazda MX-5 spin-off, and he confirmed it would be called the Fiat 124 Spider. He said: “Do we want to do it now?” After another executive verified the name, Marchionne responded: “There you go – a world class premiere right in this room!” The name was later confirmed to international media at a briefing at last week’s Geneva Motor Show.
While FCA isn’t shouting from the rooftops about the platform sharing between Mazda and Fiat, the two companies did jointly develop the chassis that sits underneath the MX-5, with the original plan being that it would be slung under an Alfa-Romeo. But, reportedly, FCA boss, Marchionne didn’t want an Alfa-Romeo built outside of Italy.
According to Auto Express, the Fiat 124 will carry retro-inspired styling (original Fiat 124 Spider pictured above). The report also states that Fiat and Mazda had a deal to launch the vehicle’s a year apart, meaning we won’t see the Fiat 124 Spider until next year. An Abarth version could be on the cards.
What do you think about platform sharing? Is it a good idea? A way to keep down costs, or does it just, bearing in mind that each company will put its own spin on the final product, homogenise new cars?