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RSS Official: Mazda and Fiat finalize deal for Alfa roadster, next-gen MX-5 Miata


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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/convertibles/" rel="tag">Convertible</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/sports/" rel="tag">Performance</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/plants-manufacturing/" rel="tag">Plants/Manufacturing</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/mazda/" rel="tag">Mazda</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/alfa-romeo/" rel="tag">Alfa Romeo</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/fiat/" rel="tag">Fiat</a></p><a href="/2013/01/18/mazda-and-fiat-finalize-deal-for-alfa-roadster-next-gen-mx-5/#continued"><img alt="Mazda and Alfa Romeo logos" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/01/mazda-alfa-romeo.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 287px;" /></a><br /><br />Although a little bit later than expected, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/mazda/">Mazda</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/fiat/">Fiat</a> have signed a final agreement that will bring a next-generation <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/mazda/mx-5+miata">MX-5 Miata</a> to the Japanese automaker and a new roadster to <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/alfa-romeo/">Alfa Romeo</a>. When the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/23/mazda-and-fiat-to-co-develop-a-roadster-based-on-next-gen-mx-5/">proposed arrangement was announced back in May</a>, the two automakers had hoped to seal the deal last year, but it doesn't appear that the production timeline for these cars has slipped any, with both expected to start rolling off assembly lines in 2015.<br /><br />Other than a shared chassis with a rear-wheel-drive layout, it sounds like the two cars are still planned to be distinct in their own ways from their styling right down to their engines. Mazda will produce both cars at a plant in Hiroshima, Japan, but it isn't clear what role each automaker will play in the cars' developmental process. The big question, of course, is what clever portmanteau name we can come up with, like <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/toyobaru/">Toyobaru</a>. Mazda Romeo is the easy choice, but Alfazda might roll off the tongue a little better.<br /><br /><a href="/2013/01/18/mazda-and-fiat-finalize-deal-for-alfa-roadster-next-gen-mx-5/#continued">Scroll down</a> for a brief press release from both automakers.<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/18/mazda-and-fiat-finalize-deal-for-alfa-roadster-next-gen-mx-5-mi/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Mazda and Fiat finalize deal for Alfa roadster, next-gen MX-5 Miata</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/18/mazda-and-fiat-finalize-deal-for-alfa-roadster-next-gen-mx-5-mi/">Mazda and Fiat finalize deal for Alfa roadster, next-gen MX-5 Miata</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:31:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/18/mazda-and-fiat-finalize-deal-for-alfa-roadster-next-gen-mx-5-mi/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20432813/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/18/mazda-and-fiat-finalize-deal-for-alfa-roadster-next-gen-mx-5-mi/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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