We'll admit we were sceptical when Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne announced that the next-generation Alfa Spider would not only be made in Japan, but would also share its chassis with the 2015 Mazda MX-5.
But, as more details of these cross-cultural adoptive siblings emerge, we're starting to warm to the idea.
The new MX-5 and Alfa Spider will have the same front and rear axles, front body-shell section and, crucially, front bulkhead and windscreen. Each will be about four metres long and 1.7 metres wide, although the Spider will be a few centimetres longer than the MX, thanks to a classically-inspired front treatment with the traditional heart-shaped grille flanked by narrow, low-mounted air intakes.
By using high-strength steel for most of the shared body structure, Mazda engineers are targeting a kerb weight of less than 1100kg; bear that number in mind, we'll come back to it later.