According to a recent report, a handful of Mazda engineers have teamed up to push for the development of several rear-wheel drive models.

According to a recent report, a handful of Mazda engineers have teamed up to push for the development of several rear-wheel drive models.

Details are limited but Edmunds is reporting the group believes rear-wheel drive models would help to differentiate and elevate the brand.

Several "senior and middle-ranking engineers" are behind the push, but Mazda's top brass is hesitant to embrace the models because they believe developing a new rear-wheel drive architecture would be too costly. However, speculation suggests the company could tie-up with Alfa Romeo which has been mulling a switch to rear-wheel drive. There doesn't appear to be an evidence to back this up but the two companies have already joined forces to develop a new Alfa Romeo Spider and Mazda MX-5.

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Mazda engineers pushing for a return to rear-wheel drive - report