But, speaking this week with UK magazine Car, Alfa boss Harald Wester confirmed that a new Spider is still in the works - only it is now set for the rear-wheel-drive ‘Giorgio’ platform that will underpin other new Alfa models.
What, then, of that contract with Mazda? It remains in place, Wester said.
The Fiat group is still contracted build a new car with Mazda; a model that Wester referred to only as “the Far East import”, adding that it will likely “find a new home with Fiat-Abarth”.
There is sense in this plan. In utilising its own platform, Alfa maintains an air of exclusivity, allowing for a higher purchase price unburdened by suggestions that it is merely an over-priced MX-5.
A Fiat-powered roadster built on a Mazda platform would also, at the other end of the spectrum, provide the group with an affordable sports car.
Likewise, access to in-house tuning brand Abarth opens the door to exciting high-powered versions that would set the Fiat roadster even further apart from its Japanese cousin.
Could we soon see a return of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider? We can only hope…