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From autoexpress.co.uk:

Alfa Romeo is readying an exciting new Spider roadster that will go on sale in the next few years and feature an all-new rear-wheel-drive chassis – thanks to a joint venture with Mazda.
The deal will allow Alfa to use the chassis that will underpin the next generation of the world’s best-selling sports car: the Mazda MX-5. Both versions will be built at Mazda’s home in Hiroshima, Japan, although they will get different bodies, engines, interiors and gearboxes.
The two companies won’t reveal exact details, but Auto Express has learned that Alfa Romeo will make its model a spiritual successor to the much-loved Duetto Spider, which first appeared in 1966 and played a starring role in the 1967 Dustin Hoffman movie, The Graduate.
We’ve produced these illustrations to give you the best idea of how the two-seater will look. Its curves reference the original Duetto Spider, and it features rounded headlights plus a lower Alfa grille mounted between a pair of front vents.
The rear-drive chassis will be incredibly light, making use of Mazda’s advanced SKYACTIV technology, so expect the Spider to weigh less than 1,000kg. And the front-mounted engine will be positioned as close to the centre of the car as possible to ensure great handling.
Thanks to that low weight, the Spider won’t need a huge engine, and in keeping with the back-to-basics philosophy of the MX-5, the car is expected to feature a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo, with power ranging
from 135bhp to 175bhp.
However, it’s possible that any high-performance Cloverleaf version would have the upcoming 4C coupé’s 1.75-litre turbo, with well over 230bhp.
There’s no word on cost just yet, but the Alfa Spider is expected to sit slightly above the new MX-5, with a starting price of around £20,000. A soft-top and folding hard-top are likely to be available. Production of the new sports car will start in 2015.

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In my last post I decided that I should buy the Ford Escape. It’s a modern, fun to drive SUV with plenty of space and good gas mileage.

… but you know how it is? another day another car…

I keep seeing adverts for the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee and I really like the styling. I have had a couple of Jeeps and really like them. I’m not sure what Jeep are playing at, but over the years they seem to alternate between robust “proper” looking:

to bubbly attempts to look luxurious that just make it looks overweight:

and now

back to a handsome, rugged luxury off roader (okay it’s not a Range Rover Evoque, but still):

The latest model has had great reviews and that guy on Motorweek (which I always have to say in the same way he says it at the start of the show – “welcome to mo-tore-week”) loves it.

so I think I might get a Grand Cherokee….



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