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Outside the spy photos, trademarks are the other element which helps us in crystal balling the automotive industry.  Now and then automobile companies sneakily acquire the rights to designs and names that kind of reveal their intentions.  But they can sometimes be  utterly meaningless but they can be real giveaways at certain times. The Italian car maker Fiat has filed for the rights of 124 and 124 Spider names, and we suspect that which cars are going to get those names and that they are real deals.

The name 124 though not new for the Fiat it has not been in use since the early eighties where we saw the 124 Spider with garish black bumpers rusted out of existence. We also had the 124 family sedan and coupe, but the Spider is the name well known to America. The Fiat Abarth is slotted to get a model of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the Alfa Romeo is poised to create an in-house roadster but it is not clear which one will get the 124 name. Having a track record of cherishing historic badges it would be difficult for Fiat to pass the nameplate, and the case of 500 lineups is the witness for Fiat’s historical obsession.

To elaborate the speculation a bit further, the 124 trademark without the Spider could be heading towards the Fiat Coupe variant that the company is modeling on the Mazda. In the Fiat portfolio, a hard top 124 has preceded, and this Miata variant has never been offered by Mazda itself officially. Or this could be a trademark name which is the shorthand description of the Spider. However, it is a good thing for us either way to have small rear-wheel-drive sports cars whatever name they wear when they come out of the assembly lines.  

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