The future of the Mazda MX-5
The Mazda MX-5 will continue to thrive even if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) doesn’t commit to building a next-gen version of the Fiat 124 Spider. Mazda R&D chief Kiyoshi Fujiwara said: “FCA of course helps, but the car can survive without them. There isn’t a word in our dictionary for ‘quit’ with the MX-5.”
A new direction for the Shogun?
Mitsubishi has yet to decide a direction for the replacement of its Shogun 4x4. The sixth-gen Shogun was launched at the Paris show in 2006, but the firm is for now focusing on two new soft-roaders and updating the Outlander. Design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto said a new design direction for the Shogun “is unclear”. The global market for tough 4x4s is shrinking, making the decision harder, he added.