Will There Ever Be a New Alpine?


Tensions are apparently mounting between Renault and Caterham.

Conceiving a new car of any sort isn’t an easy process. But when said car is a sports car bearing a famous name from a legendary predecessor, that process is even more difficult. Such is apparently the case for the upcoming production version of the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept. It’s been some time since we’ve heard any updates, but now Autocar is claiming things have hit a bit of a snag. Renault and Caterham have an agreement to co-develop the car with each brand receiving its own version.

The joint venture calls for both cars to be launched at the same time, but sources are indicating "there are ongoing frustrations on both sides." As a result of this as well as a mixed reception regarding the Alpine’s design from potential customers, the entire project has been pushed back to a late 2016 launch at the earliest. That’s a full year behind the original schedule. Neither Renault nor Caterham are giving away many internal details, but both confirmed they remain committed to the project and they "knew there would be challenges from the start." Let’s hope passion and logic prevail over clashing egos to drive this project to completion.

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