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Old 25-03-2019   #31
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Re: 124 Spider over and out?

Apparently, production of the Abarth 124 has stopped. Fiat dealers are saying that they can't take any orders for factory-build.

What a way to run a company.
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Re: 124 Spider over and out?

Came within a whisker of signing up for one of the last 124 Abarths on a PCH today, but got cold feet.

The deal on the table was £246 per month over 2 years for 8k miles pa, including Bose and Metallic paint, and only 3 months up front. That's silly money for a car with a list price well north of £32k. It works out at £6400 over 2 years, which is well short of the likely depreciation on a new purchase, even allowing for a very generous discount. But they only had metallic blue with Garryboy (sorry, Heritage) pack left in stock, so I left it. I'm already beginning to regret that decision. Need to keep reminding myself how everyone (family, friends, work colleagues) would have ripped the p*ss out of me if I'd taken it.

According to the salesperson I spoke to, the Abarth 124 has been killed off because of a dispute between FCA and Mazda over the production costs in Japan. Hmmmmm....
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According to the salesperson I spoke to, the Abarth 124 has been killed off because of a dispute between FCA and Mazda over the production costs in Japan. Hmmmmm....
Very interesting ! Here in the colonies, they are overcrowding the dealer lots, not sure if they would take an order. Here, the dealers usually swap out their vehicle stock within a 600-mile radius, so likely anything a buyer wants can be had.

Unfortunately, the dealers load up their new cars with every single option, then start adding decals, mudflaps, and other crap to boost the price.

I picked up my fully-optioned 2019 124 Lusso for the price of an un-optioned one. I fear that FIAT will once again fade from the US scene again, just as in 1981..... When I bought my 1981 STRADA brand new, they were having a Two-for-One sale just to clear the lots.
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Re: 124 Spider over and out?

Having started this thread I read all replies with interest.

I do, however, also read with absolute sadness that FCA appear to have mismanaged this project so badly that 3 years later itís pulled from the UK and the Abarth now follows suit.

Iím just so glad that I bit the bullet and bought a Fiat 124. Always planned to replace it with a higher spec model or even an Abarth if the deals were right.

Sadly thatís all pie in the sky now.
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Having started this thread I read all replies with interest.

I do, however, also read with absolute sadness that FCA appear to have mismanaged this project so badly that 3 years later it’s pulled from the UK and the Abarth now follows suit.

I’m just so glad that I bit the bullet and bought a Fiat 124. Always planned to replace it with a higher spec model or even an Abarth if the deals were right.

Sadly that’s all pie in the sky now.
An honest and true obituary for the 124. It is destined to become a secondhand bargain, like the Barchetta, while the MX5 goes from strength to strength, backed by the unshakeable confidence of its manufacturer.

It could have been so different. Frankly, if the sh*tshower that are running Fiat couldn't crack the cheap(ish) RWD convertible market where, MX5 aside, there is no competition, what hope do they have of succeeding elsewhere? Apart from the ageing 500, the rest of the current Fiat product range is, at best, decidedly Meh (and I speak as a relatively contented owner of a Panda Cross).

I give Fiat, at best, 5 years before it is finally put out of its misery. So sad, and totally unnecessary.
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It was a nice try to get a foothold in the market - but, in all honesty, did people really want their MX5 with a Fiat badge? Yes, we did, but most didn't!

And the market for a cheap-ish RWD convertible or coupe is tiny. Toyota / Subaru haven't managed to crack it with their joint venture, either.

Even the relatively strong market for ragtop hatchbacks is shrinking - I believe VW may not replace the Golf Cabrio when the Mk8 launches.

Trouble for Fiat right now is that they're known for city cars and superminis - the 500 range still sells and covers a lot of these bases, whilst the mid-range sector is dominated by SUVs / crossovers - and they have Chrysler / Jeep doing that for them.

With BMW switching the 1-series to FWD, if I were Fiat, I'd be concentrating on launching a decent family hatch under the Alfa brand. The Giulietta is ageing, and although it still looks good, it has fallen behind the 1-series, A3 and A-Class.
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