Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced the Fiat/Abarth roadster has been delayed several months.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced the Fiat/Abarth roadster has been delayed several months.

The new roadster was originally supposed to wear the Alfa Romeo badge but in the last minute they decided to rebadge the car as a Fiat or Abarth as they believe the model won't be premium enough to fit within Alfa Romeo's portfolio. This late switch has caused a three to four month production delay since the engineers "had to go back and change some parts on the Mazda vehicle."

Based on the new MX-5, the model in question will be built by Mazda in Japan alongside the Miata and if it will be sold as a Fiat, chances are the car will revive the "Barchetta" moniker although there have been many rumors indicating a standalone Abarth model is in the works and the roadster is a great candidate.

Interestingly, CarAdvice mentions the 4C was initially developed to be a standalone Abarth model but in the end executives decided to sell it as an Alfa Romeo.

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