Is The Fiat 124 Spider About To Be Killed Off?


It doesn't look good for the friendly roadster.

The automotive community seems to be torn on the Fiat 124. Some people MX-5 Miata on which it's based and prefer its 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. Others think its proportions look a tad awkward and favor the Mazda. - the Miata. Last year in 2018 (in the US), Mazda sold nearly 9,000 Miatas while Fiat moved just over 3,500 124s.

It seems like Fiat isn't having any more luck in the UK because the 124 Spider has just been removed from the market after just two years on sale.

We should specify, only the base 124 Spider has been taken off the market. UK residents can still buy the Abarth and the . Fiat didn't specify why the 124 was pulled from the lineup but it could have something to do with . The 124's 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair engine is one of Fiat's older engines, so it may not comply with the new, stricter regulations. Upgrading the engine may not have been cost effective considering how slow 124 Spider sales have been.

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Other FCA models have already begun to use a new 1.3-liter engine found in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the . Meanwhile, Fiat's Abarth models still use the 1.4-liter engine, so perhaps Fiat hasn't yet developed a more potent version of the 1.3-liter engine for use in a performance car.

Even the more successful . It seems people just aren't in a hurry to buy sports cars, so models like the 124 and Miata are struggling.