We told you back in May about the ”Alfiata,” or more accurately, the next generation of Mazda Miata that will share its platform with a new Alfa Romeo sports car. Now comes word, perhaps not surprisingly, that the two models will not compete against each other in the market. The two will have different engines and different bodies. Alfa will be positioned and priced higher.
According to an interview with Britain’s What Car? magazine at the Moscow auto show, Mazda chief Takashi Yamanouchi– chairman, chief executive officer and president of Mazda Motor Corp—said at the Moscow motor show that the joint venture between the two companies is “forging ahead.”
The next Mazda Miata—or MX-5, as it is now officially known—will be powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine producing about 200 horsepower, according to the British publication. The new Alfa Romeo sports car will likely have an engine(s) from the Fiat group.
According to What Car?, both the new Alfa Romeo Spider and next Miata are expected to go on sale in 2015, although the Miata has been expected in the 2014 model year.
Yamanouchi also told What Car? that “future alliances for Mazda with Fiat could also be on the cards ‘if the roadster is a success’. He also conceded that smaller-scale alliances such as sharing engine technology–(Mazda) Skyactiv engines for Fiats and (Fiat two-cylinder) Twinair for Mazdas – could be possible.”
The Mazda will undoubtedly outsell the new Alfa sports car, especially with the Alfa Romeo priced higher, but in addition to gaining a model without additional infrastructure for Alfa, Mazda will keep its Hiroshima plant’s assembly line busy.