MX5 and Alfa Romeo Roadster Alliance

MX5 Next Generation Concept

Mazda and Fiat have announced a new deal to develop future sports cars jointly. A new affordable Alfa Romeo roadster will be built alongside the next generation MX5 at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant from 2015. The memorandum of understanding covers the development and manufacturing of a new roadster for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo marques based on Mazda’s next-generation MX5 rear-wheel-drive architecture.
The statement said: ‘The study calls for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific light weight, roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive. The Mazda and Alfa Romeo variants will each be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand.
The Alfa Romeo will be a simple, no-frills sports car in the mould of the MX5. Rear-wheel drive is guaranteed and the roadster will benefit from Mazda’s SkyActiv programme of weight-saving and fuel-sipping technology, so it should be lightweight and responsive in the best MX5 tradition. The agreement will be finalised in the second half of 2012 and this could be the precursor to numerous joint initiatives in Europe. Both companies said they were willing to discuss further cooperation as they seek to increase sales volume and efficiency.

Alfa Romeo Spider Concept

“‘This agreement clearly demonstrates our commitment to Alfa Romeo and the determination to grow it into a truly global brand,’ said Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne. ‘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.’
Mazda top brass are similarly glowing about the new Italian-Japanese relationship. Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda’s president and CEO, said: ‘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 MX5, which is such an iconic vehicle for Mazda and the best-selling roadster of all time.’

See what those old blokes at Top Gear think about this move by clicking on the logo:

“Car & Driver” Does it Again!

The team at America’s prestigious motoring magazine, “Car and Driver”  have picked their ten best cars for 2012 and once again they have included our favourite sports car. If you would like to see their full top ten review of all the cars then click on the logo;

S**t Happens!

Seagulls are a part of living by the sea, and I love their angry cries and swooping flight, but they also bring problems. My good lady has a Mazda 2 which is her pride and joy, and over the past weeks it has been the target of many bombing raids by breeding gulls,  She tries very hard to remove any deposits as soon as possible but recently scratched a door quite badly by not using enough water. Seagulls eat grit to help to digest their food and this can result in real problems if you try to clean your car without washing the area thoroughly.

I tried several products to polish out the damage to the lacquer but  to no avail and so decided to invest in the highly rated Farecla G3 Professional scratch remover. I was completely astonished by the results achieved with this product, after only a few minutes the door  looked like new. and my wife was happy again!

The Engineered Diminishing Abrasive particles in G3 Scratch Remover break down consistently and reduce in size as you remove the scratch or scuff, finally turning into a smooth wax polishing fluid. This means it won’t harm your bodywork. A 500ml bottle of this magic liquid costs only £8.35 from Amazon, click on the logo to get some now!

Limit Pushing

Perhaps you have already tried these tests to see just how quick your MX5 really is, or maybe you are like me and love your car too much to risk breaking it! Whichever way you feel these short amateur films give you an idea of the performance of the latest MX5 2 ltr sport tech model without leaving the safety of your armchair!

A Funny Thing Happened…

Two things you don’t want to happen while driving your 8000bhp funnycar at 260mph:

1. The bodywork to come off
2. The engine to explode

Which is pretty unfortunate for drag racer, Matt Hagan, because that’s precisely what happened during qualifying for the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hagan’s marginally terrifying funny car dropped an intake valve into one of its cylinders, launching big lumps of engine and bodywork across three of the four race lanes.

Amazingly, he was completely unharmed, affording him the opportunity to get in a massive great big strop after the crash. Which seems perfectly reasonable – this is the third consecutive year that Hagan’s been involved in an explosion at the Four-Wide Nationals


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