Alfa Romeo just can't catch a break as Automotive News is reporting their planned Mazda MX-5 based roadster could instead go to Abarth or Fiat.

Alfa Romeo just can't catch a break as Automotive News is reporting their planned Mazda MX-5 based roadster could instead go to Abarth or Fiat.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, the publication is reporting Sergio Marchionne's decree that all Alfa Romeos be built in Italy will doom the brand's chances for the roadster. This seems plausible as Mazda was scheduled to build both models in Hiroshima, Japan.

Thankfully, the car is unlikely to be axed because walking away from the agreement with Mazda would likely prove too costly. Instead, the model is expected to become part of the Abarth or Fiat lineup.

Nothing is official but one source said "Abarth really makes sense for a lightweight, small displacement, high-output two-seat roadster, which perfectly fits the brand's DNA."

Note: Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept pictured

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