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Fiat Will Not Build A Successor To The 124 Spider

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Fiat won’t replace the Mazda MX-5-based 124 Spider when its life cycle ends, as it is looking to re-invent its line-up.

Earlier this week, chief executive Oliver François revealed that the company will focus much of its energy in the future to expand its city car business and growing the 500 family. The executive went on to state that Fiat won’t build any big cars, premium cars, or sporty cars, seemingly ruling out the possibility of a successor to the 124 Spider.

During a recent interview with Autocar, François added that, while the 124 Spider is profitable, it isn’t particularly important for the future of the Italian car manufacturer.

“The 124 market is a niche one. It is profitable business for us – but only because of the joint venture,” he said. “It was an opportunity and we took it. It makes money and it adds a certain cool factor but I accept that such a car may not be key to the future of the brand. It is not what I’d call a pure, absolute Fiat, but for now, it remains an interesting opportunity.”

Earlier this year, Fiat’s UK branch announced that it would stop selling both the Fiat 124 Spider and the Abarth 124 Spider claiming it wasn’t making any money with the two sports cars.

Sales of the 124 Spider have never been particularly strong; in 2017, only 7,800 units were sold across all of Europe. We suspect that some buyers have been put off by the fact that the 124 Spider is more expensive than the MX-5 despite essentially being the same car but with small design changes and a different engine.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-24-2019, 01:23 AM
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Design changes might be small, but exterior design js hugely different
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Well thank God.... I could never understand why they would work with Mazda on this and create this car. And the Fiat version was riddled with issues. Because they used the Fiat radio, the radio had tons of electrical issues. All Fiat/Alfas had radio/electrical issues. Not too mention the top. And then there was the owners of these cars that thought they were Ferraris. Everyone of them had to be "moved inside at night" in case it rained...and most were leases!! LOL....

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If they'd only put the FCA 2.0 turbo out of the Guilia into this car, rather than the crap anemic 1.4t... It would've had the power to trounce most things on the road, and looks that compare with the Solstice. Sigh.

Probably still crappy reliability from the engine and electronics, but still, might well have been worth it!

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If they'd only put the FCA 2.0 turbo out of the Guilia into this car, rather than the crap anemic 1.4t... It would've had the power to trounce most things on the road, and looks that compare with the Solstice. Sigh.

Probably still crappy reliability from the engine and electronics, but still, might well have been worth it!
I agree Soup! But, I don't know if you're a "bigger guy"...I'm 5'10" and 265. I wear a 54" regular sport coat...so I'm bigger (broader...okay, I'm bigger around the waist too ) then most, and getting into the 124, they had to grease me down with Crisco and use a pry bar to get me out!!! I literaly spilled into the passenger side of the 124. The shifter was uncomfortable to use. My Solstice, I'm okay in, no issue like that.... This and the Miata are made for the more smaller male....40R sport coat, 5'8", 32" waist, 175lbs....

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The Fiat, Miata and Corvette were on my short list... but at 6'1" 250, the Solstice was the best fit. And with the money that I saved, I bought my wife a Cadillac CT6 - so now we both have smiles!

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