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    Default Renault join forces with Caterham to design its Alpine range

    Renault has sold half of Automobile Alpine Renault to Caterham in the UK. They will launch their own car within four years promised Carlos Ghosn. The top of the range sports cars will be designed by the Brits and made in Dieppe, where they are also building the RS versions of the Clio and Mégane.

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    A light weight Alpine, sounds promising!
    Cheers Renomad

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    Renault has sold half of Automobile Alpine Renault to Caterham in the UK. They will launch their own car within four years promised Carlos Ghosn. The top of the range sports cars will be designed by the Brits and made in Dieppe, where they are also building the RS versions of the Clio and Mégane.
    Sounds like a smart move from both sides. Thanks for the information Gerry.
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    I can't imagine a better combination. Renault and Lotus have long been in Formula 1 with great chassis designs.

    I have found many Renault owners also have a Lotus tucked away in their garages (Excel SE, personally)

    Thanks v much, Gerry, for drawing our attention to this

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    Ghosn also said that this move is not to provide a bit of marketing hype, it is a serious business venture in its own right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    Ghosn also said that this move is not to provide a bit of marketing hype, it is a serious business venture in its own right.
    That is completely consistent with his rigorous approach to things.

    They might do very well too.
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    Best news I have had all day! I WILL have one! Cannot wait to see the final design.

    More here;

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    Quote Originally Posted by zykyra View Post
    Best news I have had all day! I WILL have one! Cannot wait to see the final design.

    More here;

    http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mell...257AAE0008CE34
    I just KNEW this would get you posting!

    It could end up with something sensational. A commercially viable Spider? Exciting stuff.
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    In performance terms contemporary cars designed in France are not very exciting and this initiative is a breath of fresh air. With all the local negatives of anti pollution, fuel economy, safety legislation and pricing constraints, the cars are essentially commodity priced appliances. That has cut off interest for those who really enjoy driving and it seems that Ghosn has recognised that he has an abandoned market segment that he can revive and make a buck.
    The latest issue is that accidents are rising through 'somnolence' at the wheel. Current traffic conditions are so slow and effortless on the autoroutes and the cars drive so much within their capacity that it is just boring and the drivers drift off to sleep. I never did that in my Subaru WRX !
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