Say Goodbye to the Little Guy as Alfa Romeo Discontinues the Giulietta
Just like any other car out there, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta had its flaws. It had strong selling points, too, like its appealing looks and crisp dynamic abilities. Those, however, were not enough to keep sales figures from sinking under the pressure of its very potent compact rivals and that of crossovers, too.
Speaking of crossovers, their rise to power is the reason behind Alfa Romeo’s decision to axe the Giulietta. As a replacement, the Italians won’t launch a new hatchback and will instead put their hopes of a profit in a high-riding vehicle we know as the Alfa Romeo Tonale.
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Nring Edition
Named after two of the most extraordinary stretches of paved surface, the Stelvio QV NRing may present the only vehicle named after a mountain pass and a race track. One would expect to see the incredible supercar hidden behind this name, but the Stelvio QV is an SUV. A mad one at that, and even madder as the super-exclusive NRing Edition. Revealed alongside the aesthetically stunning Giulia QV NRing Edition, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio shares its unique ability to evoke Alfa Romeo Nurburgring achievements not many can match. However strange it may sound, the Alfa Romeo was cool at the Nurburgring before anyone could be cool there. This SUV celebrates that achievement.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Refuses to Die as Alfa Introduces Updates for the 2020 Model Year
Introduced in 2010, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is very long in the tooth as of 2019, but this isn’t stopping the Italian firm from keeping the hatchback in production with mild upgrades. Following a small facelift in 2016, the Giulietta shows off a new update at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Unfortunately, it’s far from impressive.
Alfa Romeo Aims to Take on the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes GLA-Class with Baby SUV
Spurred by the popularity of the Stelvio SUV, Alfa Romeo is planning to build not one, but two new SUVs. One of these two models is a smaller SUV that will compete against the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA-Class, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC40. Among other things, the baby SUV will be launched with hybrid tech and Level 3 autonomous driving technology.
Prepare to Say Goodbye to the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
You think pretty looks are enough to keep a model alive? Ask Alfa Romeo that, and you’ll get a loud, resounding ’No’! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has confirmed to Autocar that the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé’s future in the U.S. is in question; however, the 4C Spider will continue to live on. Now, was this because of Alfa Romeo’s stubbornness to not give customers what they want, or was it just an under-par car?
Four Things I Love About The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is making a comeback in the U.S. – and a rather strong one, at that. We’ve had the 4C sports coupe for a few years now, but it was the Giulia sedan in 2017 and this, the Stelvio crossover in 2018, that are bringing the Italian automaker to the American masses. Well, after spending a week with the Stelvio, I can say Alfa has done a fantastic job building a competitive crossover that butts heads against Germans like the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Porsche Macan.
Last year, I sampled the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the outrageously powerful version with a Ferrari-derived V-6 and two turbochargers stuffed under its carbon fiber bodywork. Not surprisingly, the Stelvio feels very similar to the Giulia, despite my Stelvio tester not having the Quadrifoglio package. And while there are things I really don’t like about the Stelvio (which you can read about in the Four Things I Hate about the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio), there are also some aspects I truly love. So, without further ado, here are four things I love about the 2018 Stelvio.
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Four things I Hate About the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
I’ve spent the week living with the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. This new crossover is from a brand that’s new to the segment and new to mainstream consumer vehicles in the U.S. Under the watchful eye of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Alfa Romeo is trying hard to make its Stateside comeback with the Giulia sedan and this, the Stelvio crossover. While the Giulia is a fantastic sedan, it’s crossovers that are selling like hotcakes these days, so Alfa needs to nail the Stelvio. Thankfully for this Italian brand, there is plenty to love about the Stelvio, but there’s also a few things I just can’t stand.
Keep reading for my four things I hate about the 2018 Stelvio Sport. And as always, let us know what you think in the comments.
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This Alfa Romeo Model May Not Be Dead Yet
It may not mean much in the long run, but Alfa Romeo’s recent trademark application of the “Giulietta” name in the U.S. could be a sign that the Italian automaker is doubling down on its push to be relevant in the business again. According to Car and Driver Alfa’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, filed a trademark application for the name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Now what this means is anybody’s guess at this point, but it is worth mentioning that Alfa Romeo does have a hatchback model in its future plans, something we all learned about when the company unveiled its updated five-year plan back in 2016. At that time, the “mysterious hatchback” was being penciled in to debut sometime between 2017 and 2020. It’s not clear if this future hatch will still carry the Giulietta name, but the possibility of that happening is a lot more real now that FCA has filed a trademark application for the name. It would be better though if we got any sort of updates from Alfa Romeo itself beyond its typical PR spin. As it stands, the company is making some noise on the back of how well the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV have been received. But those two models can’t continue to carry the weight for Alfa Romeo. At some point, they’re going to need a third model to share in some of that burden. Whether that model is the Giulietta or not remains to be seen. But if this trademark application bears fruit in the end, we could be seeing the Giulietta in U.S. shores sooner than later.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Ranks Well in IIHS Crash Tests: Video
The Alfa Romeo Giulia might be all new for the 2017 model year, but it passed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s regiment of crash tests like an old pro. The Italian-American performance luxury sedan did so well, in fact, it earned the IIHS’ coveted Top Safety Pick+ award – the highest honor available.
The 2017 Giulia earned the IIHS’ highest grade of “Good” in all of its crash tests. These include the small front overlap, moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints. On the active side of the Giulia’s safety equipment, it has an optional front crash prevention system. It earned a “Superior” rating by completely stopping to avoid rear-ending a vehicle from 12 mph. The system also reduced the Giulia’s speed by an average of 24 mph in the IIHS’ 25-mph frontal crash prevention test. The IIHS’ new-for-2017 headlight evaluation also show favor to the Giulia and its optional curve-adaptive headlights – a test that many vehicles have difficulty in scoring well. It’s worth noting that both the optional front crash prevention system and curve-adaptive headlights must be included on a Giulia before it can be considered a Top Safety Pick+.
And while the 2017 Giulia did extremely well in the IIHS’ tests, it didn’t pass with a perfect score. Its LATCH, child seat anchor system, scored only a “Marginal,” one grade up from the lowest score of “Poor.” The Giulia also has an interesting caveat when it comes to safety. Only models built after May of 2017 qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award since initial crash testing revealed issues in the front-end structure, door hinge pillar, and door sill areas. Alfa Romeo quickly addressed these issues.
Despite its checkered start and hard-to-use LATCH system, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia proves to be a very safe vehicle by the IIHS’ standards. It’s also an immensely fun sedan to drive, especially so in its Quadrifoglio trim. You can read our full review of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
If you were to put together a family tree for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, you would find that its roots can be traced back as far as the Kamal Concept of 2003. More than a decade has passed since Alfa Romeo pulled the sheet off of that concept, and in recent years, the brand has been fighting to make its name relevant in the market yet again. If you want proof of the brand’s unsurpassable drive to relevancy, you really don’t have to look far – just take a glance at models like the Alfa Romeo 4C or the more recent Alfa Romeo Giulia or Giulia Quadrifoglio. The Stelvio was first shown to the public at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in Quadrifoglio form. Six months later, and we’re looking at two lesser versions of the Stelvio: and entry-level model and the Stelvio Ti.
The best part is that the lesser trim levels look just like the Quadrifoglio version we saw last November, but makes use of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 280 ponies on tap. The entry level model gets Alfa’s DNA drive mode selector, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ti version, which is a bit more expensive comes with larger 19-inch wheels, wood interior accents, and an 8.8-inch display inside as standard equipment in addition to everything found in the entry-level model.
What’s really nice about the Stelvio, especially compared to some models out there, is the fact that you don’t have to go for the range-topping model just to have the sportiest looks and best design cues. Whether you go with the Quadrifoglio, the Ti, or the entry-level model, it looks like you’ll get the same beautiful looks. Sure, you won’t have quite as much power, and you may be lacking some technology on the inside, but you’ll still look just as good driving down the road. With that said, let’s dive on in and take a closer look at the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti.
Is America Getting Another Variant Of The Alfa Romeo Giulia?
There once was a time when Alfa Romeo’s presence in the North American market consisted of nothing more than wayward dreams and nonexistent aspirations. Times sure have changed because the beleaguered Italian marque is making a headstrong push towards relevancy in the U.S., and at the heart of this push is the well-received Giulia sedan.
Right now, the Giulia comes in two forms here in this region. There’s the entry level, 280-horsepower, Ti version and then there’s the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its menacing 505-horsepower capabilities. But what if neither variant suits you? Is there a mid-tier variant that can bridge the gap between the two models? Well, if documents obtained by Auto Evolution come to fruition, we could very well see a new version of the Giulia hit the U.S., one that will carry a more potent output of 350 horsepower, enough to bridge the 225-horsepower gap between the Ti and the Quadrifoglio. Some might say it’s actually more like a canyon-sized gulf.
The table’s been set for the 350-horsepower Giulia to make a significant impression on the U.S. market, especially if the Ti and Quadrifoglio variants live up to the hype they’ve been generating. It’s also possible that the 350-horsepower will carry the “Veloce” name, which is already being used by Alfa Romeo in the European markets to denote a more luxurious trim level sans any performance upgrades. It’s admittedly confusing to get two market-specific Giulia Veloce variants with different power outputs, but it’s excusable if you’re a company that’s looking to make some serious headway in one of those regions.
Obviously, a U.S.-spec Giulia Veloce isn’t a sure thing until Alfa Romeo says it is. But this report is nevertheless exciting to hear, especially for fans of the Italian brand who have long waited for it to once again become a major player in the U.S. market.
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce
The Paris Auto Show is usually packed with just about every auto manufacturer under the sun, but this year the show is going to be missing a number of big names. We first learned that Volvo, Ford, Aston Martin, and Rolls-Royce would be missing, and more recently we’ve learned that Bentley and Lamborghini will also be skipping out on the show. That’s a lot of big names, but there’s at least one automaker that will be in Paris in full force with a number of new cars. That automaker is Alfa Romeo, and one of those cars is the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce – a model that debuts two new engines (one gasoline and one diesel) and Alfa’s long awaited Q4 all-wheel drive system. These engines represent the basis for two mid-level models with the gasoline-powered 2.0-liter producing 280 horsepower and the 2.2-liter diesel promising 210 horsepower. But, we’ll talk more about the available engines later.
With these two new models, it has become pretty clear that Alfa has quite literally worked backward as far as releasing models. The brand started out balls to the wall with the Giulia QV and its 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter V-6, and then it announced the entry-level Giulia. Now, we’re getting the middle of the spectrum with these new gasoline and diesel powertrains. While it’s a little backward, these new models should be significantly cheaper than the QV and should provide a price point that makes the Giulia attainable for those who can’t afford the $70,000 price tag of that crazy Giulia QV but want to spend more than $50,000 for the entry-level model. With that said let’s dive on into the new Giulia Veloce models and go over all the details.
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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon
Introduced in June 2015, the Giulia is Alfa Romeo’s brand-newcompact executive sedan and the company’s first competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in five years. The four-door revived the iconic Giulia nameplate, last used in 1978, and takes over from where the Alfa Romeo 159 left off in 2011, when the Italian automaker decided it no longer needs a compact. However, the Giulia is more than just an updated 159, featuring modern underpinnings, a premium interior, and powerful drivetrains that make it a worthy rival for the mighty 3 Series and C-Class. Unlike its predecessor, it also received a high-performance version that will compete against M3 and the AMG C63.
Although, for the time being, Alfa Romeo has only launched the sedan and the high-peformance QV model, more versions are likely underway. Having more than one body style for a nameplate is crucial in the current market, and the Italians need at least two more versions to stand a chance against its German competitors. One variant is the station wagon, which is still significantly popular in Europe. The second one is the two-door coupe, which would go against the BMW 4 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but in the meantime we will talk about the grocery getter.
It’s a bit too early to say when the Giulia wagon will hit the market given that production of the sedan has barely commenced in 2016, but an official introduction is likely in 2017. A confirmation could occur by the end of the day, but nothing is certain right now — especially with no prototype spotted on public roads yet. Despite this, I am confident that Alfa Romeo is indeed working on a successor for the 159 Sportwagon and our artist created a rendering to go with the speculative review below.
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Fiat Chrysler Files Trademark For The Name "Kamal"
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made no bones about its plans to add a full SUV lineup for Alfa Romeo and just recently those plans have taken a step forward as the automaker filed paperwork to trademark the name Kamal. Details behind the name are understandably murky at this point, but all signs seem to point to the Kamal being used for one of the planned Alfa Romeo SUVs.
It’s worth noting that Alfa Romeo has already used the Kamal name before. Back in 2003, Alfa debuted a crossover concept at the Geneva Motor Show bearing the name. As to which crossover will get the Kamal name, that’s unclear too. FCA has been known to keep things like this close to its vest, but if recent proclamations are any indication, the Kamal could be used together with the previously known Stelvio SUV to make up two-thirds of Alfa Romeo’s SUV lineup. A third model, likely to be the family’s full-sized SUV, is expected to join the lineup further in the future.
Then again, FCA could just revisit history and use the Kamal name on a concept, much like what happened 13 years ago in Geneva. If there’s anything we know about Alfa Romeo, it’s that delays and revisions are all par for the course for the automaker. For one, Autoblog says that there’s still no trademark for the “Stelvio” name in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s database, so the trademark filing for the Kamal name could still be used in a variety of reasons.
What we do know is that FCA wants Alfa Romeo to have a crossover/SUV lineup at some point in the near future. When that will happen is still anyone’s guess and even with news of this trademark filing, it appears that we’re still no closer to finding out answers to that question.
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2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
The Giulietta name has had a pretty bumpy history. Originally used between 1965 and 1965, the name was discontinued until 1977. This Giulietta, dubbed Type 116, was produced from 1977 to 1985 at which point the name was once again discontinued. Alfa Romeo revised the name for the third time in 2010 for the Type 940 Giulietta, which is still produced today and received a facelift for the 2016 model year. It became blatantly obvious that Alfa Romeo is still struggling as a brand, as the face life to the Giulietta was so mild that it’s outright disturbing. Exterior updates we limited to a new grille mesh, new Alfa Romeo shield, a revamped badge, and minor changes to the rear fascia to go with a new set of alloy rims. The engine lineup for the Giulietta didn’t change much for 2016, but there is a new 1.6-liter unit, and inside changes were limited to an updated infotainment system.
It comes off very boring and lazy, indeed. In fact, you might as well save money and buy an older model, or wait for the next-gen model that should be arriving sometime in 2018. It’s a little surprising, however, considering the Giulietta competes against the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. For a company that really wants to turn itself around, it’s not working very hard at bringing fresh products to market. The Giulia was delayed, as was the brand’s first SUV. Add this excessively boring facelift to the mix, and you’ve got a company that might not survive if it doesn’t pick up the pace.
With that said, check out our full review below to learn about all the little things that came as a result of the 2016 facelift.
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Originally introduced in 2008, the MiTo is Alfa’s three-door hatchback supermini, so named as to link Milan and Turin, the two Italian cities where the vehicle’s respective styling and production centers are housed. In the seven years that the MiTo has been on the road, we’ve seen a variety of special editions for the sporty compact, each with its own take on style and performance.
Now, the European marque will offer a new version called the MiTo Racer, which is scheduled to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Alfa says the Racer is “targeting a more mature clientele that is interested in new tendencies,” which basically means it comes with numerous exterior style and interior equipment changes.
Will these new alterations entice buyers looking for an extra bit of performance, or will they just add up to a lot of hot air?
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Alfa Romeo launched the Giulietta nameplate in 1954 with a series of compact cars that included sedan, coupe and convertible body styles. The Giulietta went on to become one of Alfa’s most iconic monikers, known for its gorgeous looks penned by the likes of Bertone, Pininfarina and Zagato, as well as its successful motorsport career. Replaced by the Giulia range in 1965, the Giulietta name remained a part of the company’s glorious past until it was revived in 2010. Assigned to a hatchback that replaced the 147, the modern-day Giulietta joined a segment dominated by the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, the Ford Focus, and other German and French hatches. Although it was received with some enthusiasm, with more than 60,000 examples sold annually in Europe, sales of the Italian car dropped below the 50,000-unit mark starting 2013. In an effort to spur interest in its hatch, Alfa Romeo launched additional trims and special editions for certain European markets throughout 2014, the most recent of which is the Business Edition.
Developed for the British market, the Business Edition is essentially a mid-range model with additional features. The new trim level comes with more than £2,000 ($3,148 as of 12/17/2014) worth of added equipment, while being priced below the model it is based on. Read on to find out more about the latest Giulietta to hit British dealerships.
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The Alfa Romeo MiTo is arguably one of the most under-appreciated compact cars of our time. It’s a solid performer that has been on the market for a few years, but it doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as the Mini Cooper. The Italian automaker hopes to change that with the introduction of the MiTo Junior, a special edition model that made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The MiTo Junior pays homage to the old Giulia GT 1300 Junior, which went on to become one of the biggest commercial successes for Alfa Romeo. There’s a lot of history there to draw from, not to mention some big shoes for the MiTo Junior to fill.
By bringing back the "Junior" nomenclature, Alfa Romeo wants to re-introduce to the world the level of fun this model once brought to the proud Italian automaker.
As far as justified reasons are concerned, it’s actually a pretty good one.
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A lot of today’s younger generation might not know this, but there was a time when Alfa Romeo was as esteemed as any automaker in the world. It’s got a treasure trove of history to its name, not the least of which is the Quadrifoglio Verde, the green clover leaf emblem that has been around since 1923.
Recently, Alfa Romeo brought back the Quadrifoglio Verde to distinguish what the top-of-the-line models of the MiTo and Giulietta will be henceforth be called. Similar to the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works and the Ford Focus ST, the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio was presented at the Geneva Motor Show.
You don’t need to be adept at knowing Alfa’s history to know that the new iteration of the Giulietta QV is about as enticing a model the company has produced in recent memory not called the 4C. So with all these gushing words, the question on whether the Giulietta QV is coming stateside becomes all the more important.
Here’s a message to Alfa Romeo: bring it here!
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The 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is coming to the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show and if you liked your Giuliettas before, you’re going to love the additions the Italian automaker did for the new model year.
Aesthetically, you won’t notice a whole lot of changes from afar. But once you take a closer look, you see a multitude of additions that improves the profile and character of the Italian hatch.
Where the big change comes with the Giulietta is the addition of a new powertrain that joins a healthy list of engines that are already available for the Giulietta.
Add the new color options, the interior upgrades, and a choice of three different sized wheels and you have a car that could turn out to be one of the pleasant surprises of Frankfurt next week. Don’t sleep on this model because there’s a good chance you’re going to be jolted awake once you get your hands on it.
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The British market received yet another special edition; this time it comes from the Italian automaker, Alfa Romeo, and it is called the Giulietta Collezione Limited Edition. The easiest way to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup is by its exclusive contrasting roof offered as a standard feature. The roof is painted matte Magnesio Grey on models donning a black body, whereas Alfa Red and Ghiaccio White models receive a black roof.
Along with the roof, Alfa Romeo offers special 17-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels, titanium-effect wing mirrors, darkened headlight surrounds and chrome door handles. For the interior, the Collezione Limited Edition adds black and red competizione cloth upholstery, and titanium-finish inserts on the doors, central console and dashboard.
The new Giulietta Collezione Edition can be ordered in four different engine configurations: 1.4 TB with 120 horsepower, 1.4 TB MultiAir with 170 horsepower, 1.6 JTDM-2 with 105 horsepower or 2.0 JTDM-2 with 140 horsepower.
On the British market, the model is priced at £18,265 (roughly $27,500 at the current exchange rates).
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If you’ve seen the trailers for Fast and Furious 6 - really, who hasn’t? - you probably noticed that one of the cars that was used in the movie is none other than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
It might not be the first car you associate with being “fast and furious,” but the Giulietta does have a lot of appeal to it; enough of it, at least, to be featured in a series of new promotional ads for the upcoming blockbuster.
Notice that one of the Giuliettas used in the posters is all sorts of banged up. We reckon that it’s the same one that was used in the movie; after all, you can’t really expect a car like the Giulietta to get subjected to that kind of beat down unless Vin Diesel or one of his crew was driving it.
Ultimately, it’s a good promotional tie-up for Alfa Romeo, particularly for a brand that’s looking to reestablish itself as a serious player in the industry.
And what better movie franchise to hitch your proverbial wagon on than Fast and Furious?
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Everyone is expecting Alfa Romeo’s long-rumored return to the US market in 2014 after almost 20 years of absence. This return is part of a large revamping of the brand and its alliances with Fiat, Chrysler, and Mazda. Now, we’re learning that this comeback with bring four new models to the U.S.
The first will be the new Giulia sedan - Alfa’s competitor for models like the Audi A4. The upcoming Giulia will be built in the USA so it will share most of its components with the upcoming Chrysler 200, including the Pentastar V-6 engine.
Next, there will be the long rumored compact crossover SUV that will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Jeep Compass. The model will be manufactured alongside the Jeep in Belvidere and will be offered exclusively with Chrysler engines.
The third stop on Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S. will be the most important one in many people’s eyes: the 4C Coupe and Roadster. The 4C will arrive in the US one year after the Giulia and will be powered by a 1.8 liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 296 HP.
The final model that will grace U.S. soil is the rear-wheel-drive Duetto sports car. If this name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry, many know it as the Spider. This new sports car will be built in Japan and will share its chassis with the next-generation Mazda Miata. The upcoming Duetto will be powered by a longitudinally mounted turbocharged 1.8-liter engine delivering about 170 HP.