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The two latest automakers to climb into bed together are Mazda and Fiat and their love child promises to be one impressive performance machine.

Having signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding, the Japanese and Italian automakers have agreed to examine the development and manufacturing of a roadster model for the Alfa Romeo brand based on Mazda's upcoming next-generation MX-5 Miata platform.

Distinguishing the two machines won't just be the unique styling but, but also engines unique to each brand.

According to a joint release, production of both vehicles would occur at Mazda's Hiroshima plant 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.

The partnership will also allow Mazda to take advantage of economies of scale, helping reduce its costs in building the Miata.

"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.

With the new Miata-based roadster, Alfa Romeo will have another exciting new product to offer when it returns to the North American market.
Read the full story on the Miata-based Roadster on AutoGuide.com
 

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Love the Alpha front and the rear deck fairings, but the massive looking slab sides remind me of a "Bangled" BMW...
 

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My old ALFA budd Manos (now believed living back in Greece) will be upset. When the Miata came out, he had a lot of venom for it.

The only one of his ALFAs he took back to Greece with him was his Montreal.
 

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I'm disappointed by this. Alfa's - especially an Alfa roadster (which is iconic) - should be sexy. The 4C is sexy.

This looks too Japanese. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but an Alfa shouldn't look Japanese!

BTW - THESE are Alfas:







 

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Looks like a chubby Miata to me.
thats what i thought when i saw it. is this the same car they were showing at the auto shows? the car i thought i was gonna see when i opened this thread isnt the one in the picture.
 

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I'm disappointed by this. Alfa's - especially an Alfa roadster (which is iconic) - should be sexy. The 4C is sexy.

This looks too Japanese. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but an Alfa shouldn't look Japanese!

BTW - THESE are Alfas:







whoa... gorgeous cars.
too bad ya probably have to be a rockefeller to own one.
 

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Interesting that the article doesn't point out that it's a Pininfarina design, especially as it looks to have some subtle Duetto lines in the front-to-rear arcing fender line and front end curvature.

Ditto SwingLo on the Stradale, my all-time favorite. :drool:
 
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