New Fiat Nameplates: Fiat 124 and 124 Spider
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office got a request to register two Fiat nameplates. It seems that the upcoming coupe and convertible will be called the Fiat 124 and the Fiat 124 Spider. Does this mean that the new roadster developed in collaboration with Mazda will be the Fiat 124 Spider? No one can say that with a hundred percent certainty. Recently we learned that the upcoming Alfa Romeo roadster won’t be a result of the Italian-Japanese collaboration. Instead of the new Alfa Romeo, they will create a new Fiat-Abarth roadster based on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Connecting the dots can lead us to a conclusion that the Fiat 124 Spider must be the new roadster. However, the Abarth part of the name is omitted. It was supposed to wear a Fiat-Abarth badge.
However, the mere fact that they’ve applied for registering those two nameplates doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to use them. It seems like a suitable solution, since this is a way to honor the Fiat 124, which was a popular car in Italy back in ‘60s and ‘70s. After the 124 was discontinued in 1974, the name lived with the Fiat 124 Sport Spider convertible until 1985.
Now, they’re going to resurrect the moniker with the new attractive roadster. Since they want to register both the 124 and the 124 Spider nameplates, they will probably release a classic convertible and a hardtop coupe version.
The new Fiat 124 and the Fiat 124 Spider might get some of the new Alfa Romeo engines, but it could also inherit some SKYACTIV engine options from its Asian sibling, the 2016 Mazda MX-5.
As for the style, it’s too early for speculations, but they will, reportedly, make the roadster to celebrate the famous Italian automotive design tradition. The Fiat 124 should be noticeably different from its Mazda counterpart. But under the skin, it will have a lot of parts which can be found inside the MX-5.