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Postby stephendell » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:09 pm

Press Release today:

Renault and Caterham Group today announced their decision to join forces in pursuit of a common project: to design develop and build future sports cars. This agreement reflects a similar passion and expertise in sports and competition cars
The future vehicles will be distinctive, differentiated, and carry the respective DNA of Alpine and Caterham Cars, the automotive division of Caterham Group. They will be built at the Alpine plant in Dieppe, Normandy, in France
The Caterham Group will own a 50% stake in the Automobiles Alpine Renault company, currently 100 % held by Renault SAS. The Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham, that will result from this partnership, will be created in January 2013. It will be managed by Bernard Ollivier
This project, which ensures the Dieppe plant a sustainable future, was made possible thanks to the incentive and to the substantial support and commitment provided by the French State and the Région Haute Normandie which also involved the contribution of Dieppe Maritime
For Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault:

“This innovative partnership with Caterham embodies a longstanding ambition: the creation of a sports car with the Alpine DNA. It carries both opportunities for the Dieppe plant and the development of its historic expertise.”

ForTan Sri Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Chairman:

“I have not felt as excited about a new venture since I launched AirAsia in 2001 and I want to thank Carlos Ghosn and Carlos Tavares and everyone in our new Renault family for having the belief in Caterham Group to create this partnership. Many people doubted us 11 years ago when we launched our airline and I am sure that there will be doubters again this time, but we will not fail your trust. We know the markets we are going into and, particularly in my playground in Asia, there is a huge opportunity to replicate the AirAsia model and give consumers access to exciting, affordable products that marry our interests in F1 and technology and help make their dreams come true.”

For Carlos Tavares – COO Renault: “Our ambitions of reviving Alpine depended on our ability to find a partner in order to ensure the economic profitability of such an adventure. Right from the start, we wanted to place the Dieppe plant at the heart of the project. Today, through our partnership with Caterham Group, we can enter a new phase: the design of a car that will embody the very essence of Alpine, a vehicle that will rekindle sporting passion once more. It could become a reality within the next three or four years.”

For Dato Kamarudin Meranun, Caterham Group Deputy Chairman

“Formula 1 was always our entry point into the car business. Our original plans to develop a partnership with Lotus were put aside in spectacular and well documented style, but now we have a far better chance to develop Caterham Cars in partnership with Renault, working with Caterham Technology who are also integrally involved in this new venture. Our F1 team has already been working successfully with Renaultsport F1 since the start of the 2011 F1 season and I am thrilled that now we are adding to our track partnership by joining forces with Renault on the road. Together with Renault, we have now created an opportunity for Caterham Cars to grow into the next stage of its development from a very well respected niche brand into a serious player on the global motoring map. “

Commenting, Bernard Ollivier, CEO of Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham, said: “I’m very proud of the trust placed in me by both shareholders. The road map for each car is clear and simple: respect the DNA of both Alpine and Caterham Cars. With the passion and expertise of the staff dedicated to this project, we are sure of meeting this aim”.

Development ambitions targeting the sports vehicle market

Following a feasibility study on the joint development of a sports car conducted by Renault Sport Technologies and Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI – the engineering and technology business of Caterham Group), Renault and Caterham will combine their skills to build models in large and small volumes, in order to widen their positioning on the sports car market. The objective for each company is to launch its own car in this market within the next three to four years.

An innovative and complementary partnership as part of a joint company

Renault and Caterham Group will each bring their respective technical skills to the development of the future products through a newly-created joint Engineering Department. They will split the required engineering and industrial investments on a 50-50 basis in the spirit of a true partnership.
Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham will be able to draw upon the expertise of Renault, Renault Sport Technologies and CTI in the development of its future products.
Shared values based on a passion for motorsport

Alpine:Jean Rédélé, pilot, businessman and automotive pioneer, founded Alpine in 1955. Alpine’s manufacturing and racing adventure started with the A106 coach based on the platform and engine of the Renault 4 CV. The Alpine DNA is based on nimble, lightweight, high-performance vehicles with flowing lines: a formula that works well for both road and race cars. The ever-young A110 – celebrating its 50th birthday - is probably the most iconic of Alpine’s road cars. During its existence, Alpine sold 30,000 road sports cars. For several decades, it also carried high Renault’s sporting colours. Among other victories, Alpine was World rally champion in 1973, winner of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1973 and 1974 and of the Le Mans 24-hour event in 1978. Its sporting record includes many prestigious victories. Alpine ranks among the sporting legends.

Caterham Cars: The DNA that runs through every Caterham can be traced back to the 1950s, when its first vehicle, the Seven, was designed. Caterham Cars has inspired passion and emotion ever since. It embodies the essence of what a sports car should be. Today, that philosophy continues to guide Caterham Cars, making ‘accessible fun’ a reality for sports car buyers across the globe.

Every weekend, over a thousand competitors race Caterham vehicles on tracks around the world, from Silverstone and Brands Hatch to Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. Today, building on its racing heritage and 40 years of experience in road cars, Caterham Cars is able to combine its engineering excellence with the manufacturing and production capabilities of Renault to create a Caterham vehicle of even greater potential. This new vehicle will still possess the fundamental DNA of the Seven, which remains in production in Dartford, UK.

At the heart of the project: the Alpine plant in Dieppe, France

The Dieppe plant will play a central role in the partnership between Renault and Caterham Group, at the heart of the sporting passion shared by the two partners. This is where the future sports cars of Renault and Caterham will be built. The project is a development opportunity for the Dieppe site, from the standpoint not only of production, but also the acquisition of a prized and unique expertise. The Alpine plant in Dieppe is currently dedicated to building the vehicles developed by Renault Sport Technologies, both production (Clio Renaultsport) and race models.

The Dieppe plant, built in 1969, is the historical home of the Alpine brand which gave birth to such legendary models as the Berlinette. Its core business is the assembly of sports cars, the assembly and sale of competition cars, and the sale of spare parts for competition cars, including at motor racing events. Its flexibility and ability to adapt are just two of the specific characteristics that enable it to produce vehicles in small runs. With a workforce of over 300 and a surface area of 76,000 m² of which 36,900 m² is built up, the plant has produced more than 400 000 vehicles since 1969.

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Postby stephendell » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:17 pm

Club names possibly not great abbreviated:

Club Alpine Caterham = CAC

Alpine Caterham Owners Club = ACOC
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Postby eastlmark » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:27 pm

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Postby clee » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:35 pm

I reckon Kitcar Mark and I could knock one up pretty quick and beat them to market :lol:
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Postby stephendell » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:13 pm

It would seem that the plan is to build and market two different looking cars on the same platform a la VX220 / Elise scenario. Both cars to be available in LHD & RHD and marketed by their respective dealer network.

Let's hope the Alpine is the better looker and gets favourable reviews.
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Postby Alpineandy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:07 pm

stephendell wrote:Club names possibly not great abbreviated:


Renault Alpine Caterham Owners Federation - RACOF for our antipodean friends.

Federation Alpine et Caterham Killem - if the small french city of Killem has a club!
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Postby old wayne » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:33 pm

My personal opinion 50% is too high a percentage in Alpine: :shock:
But, I'm glad the car is going to be made :D :D
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Postby PaulyA610 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:47 pm

Well I am just glad the Alpine marque is back in business which is fab news. You never know maybe one day Venturi will make some proper cars again!!! I just hope Renault keeps to the light car grate chassis formula. Should be good.
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Postby Tony Smith » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:40 pm

With Lotuses demise a distinct possibility there will be a big gap in the market for an Elise type car. Be nice to see what engine they will use, Megane turbo lump most likely I reckon, easy to create 2 stages of tune say 260 and 310 bhp, 2 trim levels and a track pack with more focused suspension, bigger brakes and improved cooling as an option is what I'd do. Throw in an all up weight of about a ton and a pretty coupe body with a few A110 styling cues and they'll sell like hotcakes in Europe. Most brits will be buying the Caterham version no doubt :lol:
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Postby si21 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:11 pm

stephendell wrote:Club names possibly not great abbreviated:

Club Alpine Caterham = CAC

Alpine Caterham Owners Club = ACOC


Probably quicker than anything you own off the shelf lol if it starts of course :o it helps our cause as far as i am concerned and keeps the name Alpine alive :wink:

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Re: but Mr Dell

Postby si21 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:14 pm

si21 wrote:
stephendell wrote:Club names possibly not great abbreviated:

Club Alpine Caterham = CAC

Alpine Caterham Owners Club = ACOC


Probably quicker than anything you own off the shelf lol if it starts of course :o it helps our cause as far as i am concerned and keeps the name Alpine alive :wink:

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Postby stephendell » Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:50 pm

I bought the domain names anyway even if the abbreviations were not great :wink:
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Postby stephendell » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:46 pm

Another press release today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 412 WORDS

MONDAY 21ST JANUARY 2013


‘ALPINE ADVISORY BOARD’ CREATED

Following the announcement of the reintroduction of the Alpine brand and the founding of Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham, an advisory board has been created. This will be under the authority of Renault’s Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares.

The board’s mission will be to advise and assist the senior management of both Renault and Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham regarding the brand’s positioning and to monitor the evolution of the brand’s upcoming model from its initial design until its launch.

The members of the advisory board have been selected with regard to their respective areas of expertise, personal knowledge and involvement in the history of the brand and its products.

The members of the Alpine Advisory Board are:
• Jean-Charles Rédelé (Renault dealer and son of the brand’s founder, Jean Rédelé)
• Jacques Cheinisse (former sales manager and sporting director of Alpine)
• Jean-Pierre Limondin (former Alpine engineer with special responsibility for the production of Alpine cars under licence)
• Alain Serpaggi (former rally driver and former Alpine test driver)
• Bernard Darniche (one of the Alpine rally team’s famous ‘musketeers’ who helped Alpine win the inaugural World Rally Championship for Manufacturers in 1973)
• Michèle Mouton (Alpine rally driver from 1974 until 1977)
• Hervé Charbonneaux (collector of Alpines and driver of the brand’s cars in Historic races)
• Olivier Lamirault (Renault dealer in Chartres, France, and heavily involved in the marketing of the Alpine adventure as a former Alpine, and a regular driver of Alpines in Historic races)
• Chris Vissher (Renault dealer and Alpine and Renault Sport specialist in Rotterdam, Netherlands)
• Tom Mautner (former Renault and Alpine dealer and collector, UK)

From Renault, the following will also sit on the advisory board, in addition to Carlos Tavares:
• Philippe Klein (Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning, Product Planning & Programmes)
• Christian Pouillaude (Brand Director, Renault)
• Bernard Ollivier (CEO, Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham)
• Jean-Jacques Delaruwière (representing Renault Communications, and responsible for the advisory board’s administration).

In principle, the board will meet twice a year and the first meeting will be held in a few weeks’ time.


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Mike Gale, Manager, Product Affairs
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Jeremy Townsend, Director, Communications
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Postby Dave Williams » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:07 pm

There is a typo in that press release surely.....Mr Dell is not listed on the board.
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Postby BIG_MVS » Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:11 pm

Dave Williams wrote:There is a typo in that press release surely.....Mr Dell is not listed on the board.


Gordon Bennet! We wouldn't see an Alpine till 2033 if he was on the board :lol:

Good news Tom Mautner (Old Oak Enfield MD) is on there, Steve do you have contact with him?
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