The Fiat 124 Spider says goodbye to Europe
Victim of the PSA-FCA merger and anti-pollution standards
Purists are beginning to bitterly regret the merger between FCA and PSA. From now on, it is necessary to produce in mass what sells well, what customers want. This means that unnecessary models that waste money must be eliminated. These models include the 4C Spider and the cancellation of the future GTV and 8C. Another vehicle has joined this list.
This car is the Fiat 124 Spider that will say goodbye to Europe after three years of existence. Earlier this year, we already learned that the 124 Spider won't have a new generation. And in parallel, the Mazda MX-5's production was finished in Japan, where the 124 Spider was also assembled.
This choice does not only concern the standard 124 Spider. The sporty Abarth version is also affected by this decision. Many will think that it was the insufficient sales figures that pushed the 124 Spider out of the market. In fact, the sales were quite respectable to make a new model with Mazda.
The problem is elsewhere. This is the heart of the car, the 1.4 L MultiAir. This engine is radically different from those used by the MX-5. The Fiat's engine is turbocharged, which is not the case with the MX-5's naturally aspirated engines. As a result, the Italian brand must invest heavily to ensure that its engine complies with the Euro 6d - Temp and Euro 6d emission standards. The cost was therefore far too high and Fiat decided to put an end to the 124 Spider's career.
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