Mazda considers the inclusion of a diesel engine for the first time in the MX-5. The fourth generation of the two-seater roadster could also have a Skyactiv 130 hp 1.6 petrol engine. Mazda and Alfa Romeo developed a model convertible which would result in the new MX-5 and Spider together. They are at the end of 2014 and its marketing would start in 2015.
The next generation of the Mazda MX-5 will have substantial changes with respect to the current. One of the main novelties could be the inclusion of a diesel version for the first time option that shuffles the Japanese brand.
Earlier this year, Mazda and Alfa Romeo signed an agreement for the joint development of a model for each brand. Each would have its own range of engines but sharing chassis, suspension and other components. Both would be manufactured in the Mazda plant in Hirosima and the result would be the new generation MX-5 for the Japanese manufacturer and a new Spider for the Italian. Continue reading
After many back and forth about the possibility of making an SUV, to an executive order Italian automaker confirmed that the production model will arrive. Damien Dally, CEO of Alfa Romeo UK, told the press that “there will be a SUV within two or three years”. So once again, it opens the door to a new segment.
The arrival of a SUV or crossover manufactured by Alfa Romeo is a story that is playing for at least a decade. In this regard, it is worth remembering that in 2003 the Italian automaker introduced the Kamai Concept at the Geneva Motor Show and since then, for various reasons, the project never materialized.
However, since Alpha was revitalized with the commercial success of the 8C, the MiTo and Giulitta, the possibility of making an SUV was strengthened. It also influenced the revival of Fiat, that with the purchase of Chrysler, it became necessary technology and back-up from brands like Jeep (which if anything is known about how to make SUVs, pickups and 4×4) to realize development. Continue reading
The Alfa Romeo Spider will be back in 2015 as a rear wheel drive! Not many weeks ago we told you about the future platform of the Alfa Romeo Spider. The Fiat group had no platform for the rear-light, but was looking to develop, of which I speak here, and could accommodate several models of the group.
But the difficulty of amortizing an investment of this type to Fiat Mazda and the need to find allies to spread development costs now that walks tucked into serious economic problems, have come to play as determinants. Continue reading
It’s been 80 years and still find a vehicle of future time. The ALFA 40/60 hp, 1914 is considered the first minivan in history. In 1913, the Count Framework Ricottti entrusts to Ercole Castagno, son of Carlo Castagna company founder & Co, one of the pioneering motor companies in the transalpine country, the design of a large vehicle, but also quick and easy to handle, you would use for their travel between their residence in Milan and his rest house in Piedmont.
The result comes a year later, in 1914, with a car mounted on a chassis beam and which lies a 6,082 cc engine capable of reaching a top speed of 139 kilometers per hour. It seemed a perfect vehicle, but its very difficult for aluminum body production process.
In addition, curved design, the small size of windows and huge panoramic windscreen, caused during the summer, the temperature inside was very high. The 40/60 hp was a sports version, named the Corsa and came to participate in the race in Parma-Barceto costs, rising victorious in its category. Continue reading