It wasn't until the 1960s that Mazda started exporting cars to Europe. Mazda is a Japanese make but its name is reportedly derived from 'Mazda' the name of the Zoroastrian god of harmony, intelligence and wisdom and the name of the Founder of the car firm too - Jujiro Matsuda, which, with its Japanese pronunciation, Matsuda can sound like "mazda" as well. Whatever its name, Mazda has just tied up with Fiat in a new strategic alliance. The two companies will join forces together to make new versions of their most famous sports cars, the MX-5 and the Alfa Romeo Spider, helping the two companies cut costs and possibly paving the way for a deeper alliance. The new cars will be based on a Mazda rear-wheel drive platform. They will be built at Mazda's factory in Hiroshima, Japan. The Alfa Spider earnt itself a great starring role in the 1960s movie 'The Graduate' when it was driven by Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman. The contemporary model will be styled by the Italian company, so the engine and look will keep to the Alfa Romeo brand rather than that of Mazda.