Fiat's Mazda MX-5-based roadster has been removed from its UK site and price lists, with no explanation yet given
7 January 2019

Fiat has removed the 124 Spider roadster from sale in the UK after just over two years on the market.

The model, which shares a platform with the Mazda MX-5, was taken off the company's model line-up on its website last week. However the Abarth version, in Spider and hard-top GT form, remains on sale. 

Terminalsecurity is awaiting comment from a Fiat UK spokesperson, but the car's removal from sale could potentially be due to WLTP emissions regulations. The car's 1.4-litre 'Multiair' turbocharged petrol engine is an older unit that's been in use by various Fiat-Chrysler brands for some years now, and it may not have been cost-effective to upgrade it for the introduction of more stringent emissions tests late last year.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Jeep Renegade are no longer sold with this engine option, although it is of course still in use in Abarth models. The facelifted Renegade now makes use of a newly-developed 1.3-litre turbo unit, but it remains to be seen if that engine will be used elsewhere. 

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Fiat introduced the 124 Spider in the UK in summer 2016, around a year after its Mazda cousin. Sales of both have declined sharply in the U.S. in the past year, with the Fiat down around 25% and the Mazda, badged Miata in the States, down 21% compared to 2017. However, sales of both in Europe have remained relatively stable. 

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7 January 2019

I suspect this is more to do with how many Fiat are selling in the UK more than anything. 

The sportscar is in major trouble these days. Car fans need to rush out and buy Alpines and F types quickly or I fear only the Mazda MX5 and Porsche sport cars will exist (if we are lucky)

8 January 2019
TStag wrote:

The sportscar is in major trouble these days. Car fans need to rush out and buy Alpines and F types quickly or I fear only the Mazda MX5 and Porsche sport cars will exist (if we are lucky)

Maybe people aren't  buying sports cars because in todays congested roads people can't really use them? That's why I sold my Boxster S a few years ago and replaced it with a Mercedes diesel estate. No fun, but not much slower in the real world and a whole lot more practical with it.

9 January 2019
Jeremy wrote:

Maybe people aren't  buying sports cars because in todays congested roads people can't really use them? That's why I sold my Boxster S a few years ago and replaced it with a Mercedes diesel estate. No fun, but not much slower in the real world and a whole lot more practical with it.

Depends where you live.   Still plenty of the country where a sportscar makes perfect sense as a second car.   Doesnt go quicker, but is more fun.   MX5, 124, GT86, Alpine and maybe even Boxster/Cayman ideal for that, but emphasis on fun, not power.  Cars have got faster, roads havent, so I have no idea what i'd do with something like a 911 to be honest.  Or indeed mega powerful execs.  200bhp or so of diesel power seems more than enough for rapid but not frustrating progress.

7 January 2019

I've been pleased to see quite a few of these on the roads and they look good. I hope Fiat manage to sort something out engine-wise, if that's the problem.

7 January 2019
catnip wrote:

I've been pleased to see quite a few of these on the roads and they look good. I hope Fiat manage to sort something out engine-wise, if that's the problem.

I couldn’t agree more.  I live about a mile from a Fiat dealer so I see quite a few locally, both Abarth and regular models.  It’s a great looking little car, and the Abarth sounds like a proper sports car should too.  I really hope they sort this and give it a decent modern engine.

7 January 2019

The Multi-Air is only used in the 124 Abarth, the 595s use a T-Jet, but there is no multi-Air.

Whether they'll fit the new Firefly engine and engineer it for RHD remains to be seen....

8 January 2019
Richard H wrote:

The Multi-Air is only used in the 124 Abarth, the 595s use a T-Jet, but there is no multi-Air.

Whether they'll fit the new Firefly engine and engineer it for RHD remains to be seen....

The 1.4 litre MultiAir unit is also used in all North American 500s.

 

7 January 2019
Doesn't seem long since car mags were touting the Multiair system as a big step forward in engine tech. Disappointing to see that FCA don't appear to have continued to develop it to keep up with emissions regs.

The 1.4 Multiair in our Alfa is a lovely little engine. Drives like a 2.2, drinks like a 1.4, and even manages to sound pleasant too.

Hope they've something suitable lined up as a replacement, I don't think a generic turbo four would cut the mustard.

7 January 2019

Rather surprised that FIAT have pulled the 124 Spider from the UK,the problem is that the Mazda is cheaper and almost identical in performance,however personally I prefer the FIAT's looks. It's a great pity that the company has pulled this car as the Doblo,Panda,Qubo, Tipo and the alphabet soup that is the 500 range sure ain't gonna pull the punters in off the streets,things don't look too good for FIAT for 2019

7 January 2019
It turns out that the new Firefly engines are available with Multiair II. So ignore my waffle above!

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