We've already heard rumors that the Mazda MX-5 based Alfa Romeo Spider is in jeopardy because of Sergio Marchionne's insistence that all Alfas be built in Italy, but a new report is indicating we might get a new Spider after all.

We've already heard rumors that the Mazda MX-5 based Alfa Romeo Spider is in jeopardy because of Sergio Marchionne's insistence that all Alfas be built in Italy, but a new report is indicating we might get a new Spider after all.

According to Autobild, the company is still planning to offer a Spider but it will be based on their new rear-wheel drive platform. Little else is known about the model but it will reportedly be a lightweight, two seater that arrives in 2016.

The rear-wheel drive platform - reportedly codenamed Giorgio - is rumored to be modular and highly flexible. This could enable it to underpin a variety of models including the 2017 Giulia and two crossovers which are slated to arrive in 2017 and 2018. The report goes on to say the platform could eventually underpin the next-generation Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger / Challenger.

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Alfa Romeo plotting a new Spider, won't be Mazda-based - report