24/05/12 - What the FIAT?!
Hopefully the Mazda brand that we all love won’t be tainted by its association with fiat, only time will tell.
The good news is that the MX-5 will still be 100% Mazda and we don’t need to rename our events from "cruise" to "push".
Mazda will also create a car for Fiat.
Sounds like it will be a Fiat designed body and engine all built to a Mazda chassis/suspension all built by Mazda in Japan.
So fingers crossed this is just a money making exercise for Mazda and a rust proofing solution for Fiat.
Idealists would like to believe that an association with FIAT brings the MX-5 a little closer to Ferrari, but anyone who’s worked on an X19 will shudder the thought of our precious MX-5s being associated with Fiat.
Here’s the press release:
More discussion can be found here.
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