The way forward for the Fiat 124 Spider hinges on the agency persevering with to work with a three way partnership companion, based on the agency’s boss Olivier Francois.
The 124 Spider is at the moment off-sale within the UK and, whereas it’s the second greatest vendor in its class behind the MX-5 with which it shares its underpinnings, world gross sales stay sluggish. “The 124 market is a distinct segment one,” mentioned Francois. “It’s worthwhile enterprise for us – however solely due to the three way partnership. It was a possibility and we took it – it makes cash and it provides a sure cool issue.
“However I settle for that such a automotive is probably not key to the way forward for the model. It isn’t what I’d name a puree, absolute Fiat, however for now it stays an attention-grabbing alternative.”
The mannequin, which shares a platform with the Mazda MX-5, was lately taken off the corporate’s UK web site line-up after simply over two years in the marketplace. Nonetheless the Abarth model, in Spider and hard-top GT type, stays on sale.
The automotive’s removing from sale may doubtlessly be resulting from WLTP emissions laws. The automotive’s 1.Four-litre ‘Multiair’ turbocharged petrol engine is an older unit that is been in use by numerous Fiat-Chrysler manufacturers for some years now, and it could not have been cost-effective to improve it for the introduction of extra stringent emissions checks late final yr.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Jeep Renegade are not bought with this engine possibility, though it’s in fact nonetheless in use in Abarth fashions. The facelifted Renegade now makes use of a newly-developed 1.Three-litre turbo unit, nevertheless it stays to be seen if that engine shall be used elsewhere.
Fiat launched the 124 Spider within the UK in summer time 2016, round a yr after its Mazda cousin. Gross sales of each have declined sharply within the U.S. up to now yr, with the Fiat down round 25% and the Mazda, badged Miata within the States, down 21% in comparison with 2017. Nonetheless, gross sales of each in Europe have remained comparatively secure.
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