Fiat 124 Spider removed from sale in the UK
Fiat’s Mazda MX-5 based roadster has been removed from its UK site and price lists, with no explanation yet given
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.
Autocar 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.
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.
Source: Autocar Online