Mazda to develop new Alfa Romeo roadster

JonathanJanuary 21, 2013

Mazda has teamed up with well-known Italian manufacturer Fiat Auto to produce a new rear-drive roadster for iconic car maker Alfa Romeo.

Set to be based on the next-generation Mazda MX-5, the newest version of the Alfa roadster will be assembled in Japan from 2015.

The agreement for Mazda to oversee the development of a new Alfa Romeo comes after the announcement of a co-operation programme between the two manufacturers back in May 2012.

Despite the partnership though, Mazda has announced that it will be a platform developed for global markets and that both the next-generation Alfa Romeo and the all-new Mazda MX-5 will be styled differently to one another.

Very little else has been revealed about the new Alfa, bar Mazda’s confirmation that the roadster will be an open-top two-seater sports car akin to the Mazda MX-5.

It is unclear what input Alfa will have in the development of the firm’s next-generation roadster, what with Mazda announcing that it will be in charge of both developing and manufacturing the new car.

However, the Japanese manufacturer was keen to state that the vehicle will be fitted with “specific proprietary engines unique to each brand”.

As the car will not be available until at least 2015 though, drivers may be wise to get to grips with the superb vehicle design skills of Alfa Romeo by seeking a great contract hire deal on the Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTDM-2 85 Sprint three-door Diesel Hatchback.

For just £193.19 per month, motorists will be able to get the keys to a car that is capable of going from 0-62mph in 12.9 seconds and delivers a phenomenal 80.7mpg on a combined cycle.

The Mito’s sharp curves help its exterior to catch the eye too, while the fact the vehicle limits CO2 emissions to a mere 90g/km also makes the car very environmentally friendly.

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