TURIN - The next generation of the Alfa Romeo Spider, to debut in 2003 and to mark Alfa's return to the USA, will be based on Fiat Auto's new C/D/H flexible platform.
This platform will debut in October 2001 with the replacement for the Fiat Bravo and Brava, code-named project 192. In spring 2002, project 192 will be the basis of a station wagon to replace the Fiat Marea Weekend wagon.
The decision to use the C/D/H flexible platform for the new Alfa Spider was simple: 'To maintain our timing, this was the only available platform,' said Fiat Auto Managing Director Roberto Testore.
Testore said Fiat has not decided yet who will build the new Spider. The current Spider, introduced in October 1994, was built at Alfa Romeo's Arese plant near Milan until July 2000. Starting in September, production was moved to Pininfarina, along with its coupe sibling.
Testore said the GTV replacement would be a completely different car and not just a closed-roof Spider as it is now.
'The new Spider will be more a lifestyle vehicle,' he said. 'The next GTV will be a truly high-performance coupe.'