The Fiat 124 Spider is now longer on sale in the United Kingdom after the sports car was mysteriously pulled from the market.
The automaker has yet to issue an explanation as to why the car is no longer on sale, but there are a few possible explanations why FCA pulled the trigger.
For starters, sales of the 124 Spider haven’t exactly been groundbreaking. In fact, only about 7,800 units were sold across all of Europe in 2017 and the UK likely only accounts for a very small proportion of that. In addition, the 124 Spider does start at £1,100 ($1,404) more than an equivalent Mazda MX-5, despite using the same underpinnings and only coming with a different exterior look and minor interior changes.
Another explanation for the 124 Spider no longer being offered in Britain is that its 1.4-liter ‘Multiair’ turbocharged engine may not comply with WLTP emissions regulations, recently prompting the carmaker to drop the engine for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Jeep Renegade.
While the entry-level 124 Spider is no longer offered, buyers can still opt for the Abarth 124 Spider, at least for the time being. This variant uses a juiced-up variant of the Multiair 1.4-liter and is priced from £28,825 ($36,804). It is available in both Spider and hardtop guises.
Carscoops has contacted Fiat for an explanation and will update the article when we hear back.