chain...read between the lines... “production will continue for 2020”Officially? Not so fast says FCA North America.
I might be wrong, but I remember reading somewhere that if the deal with Fiat hadn't gone through, Mazda wasn't going to continue MX-5 production - Adding the 124 to the line was a win-win for both companies. If that's true, then it may be the end of the road for both of them. (I also think it was a 5-year deal, in which case they're locked in until 2021...)I assume Fiat will stop building the spider when Mazda goes into the 5th GEN.
Yep.My guess is that Fiat will build out all of the 2020 model year Spiders this month, stop production and announce the discontinuation sometime next year. This approach is similar to the handling of the Crossfire partnership with Karmann.
It doesn’t make sense to keep producing a vehicle that isn’t selling, and the early out penalty of the 5-year contract is probably less $ than stockpiling more ‘20 & ‘21 model year Spiders. Remember that PSA is in the picture now and every vehicle line is under review.
I'm expecting 2020 to be the final model year. IIRC, it's already done in Europe...Now that I think about it, a 2020 discontinuation makes sense; the Miata received a mid-generation refresh in 2019, and the 124 came out a year after the ND. I would bet the agreement between the companies only covers the first part of the generation, especially with how much effort Fiat is putting forward.