Renault looks set to reveal a follow-up to the iconic Renault Alpine A110 at the Paris motor show

Renault looks set to reveal a follow-up to the iconic Renault Alpine A110 at the Paris motor show this autumn. The firm is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the A110 Berlinetta this year and Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told Autocar “it would be remiss not to do something” to celebrate the original Alpine.

A question remains as to whether a new Alpine coupé could become a production reality — assuming there’s a positive reaction to the show concept.

“These things live by the grace of the day,” said van den Acker. “In my view, the best thing for a designer is always to have something cooking in the corner. Then when the planets line up, you have something ready.”

Steve Norman, Renault’s marketing chief, said the firm “knew what to do” about a production Alpine, but it “was a question what size of market it could take”.

He added: “We have to ask: ‘Is there room in today’s car market to build something that could be compared to a Porsche?’ In any case, for an Alpine to make sense financially, it would have to sell in North America and China.”

Van den Acker also talked up the prospects for the striking DeZir concept eventually making production. “It’s not realistic to expect us to produce a rival for Ferrari or Lamborghini; our badge would not support that yet. But with the new [electric] technologies coming through, anything is possible.”

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26 January 2012

The comments from the Renault people seem very levelheaded. I'd rather have a go in an updated A110 than an MGB with a Mazda four pot.

26 January 2012

Why do they think any new car would have to be compared to a Porsche? With that thinking, it is doomed before conception. In an earlier story Renault were saying they wanted to appear German; if I wanted a German car I would buy a Volkswagen not a Renault. Why can't they accept the fact that they are French and build a French car. Certainly in the past there have been some great French vehicles that were real 'breakthrough 'models and everyone will know what they were, this is what will lift their market share, not the bland characterless euroboxes they seem obsessed with now or worse still, rebadged stuff from the Orient

26 January 2012

[quote brian245]Why do they think any new car would have to be compared to a Porsche? With that thinking, it is doomed before conception.[/quote]

I don't think "something that could be compared to a Porsche" necessarily means something like a Porsche. I think he means something in the same price range or something that magazines will put in comparison tests with a Porsche, or just the fact that it has a rear engine.

26 January 2012

so they cut 5 models from there range, then they consider bringing out a model they think could compete with Porsche? As said above, they should go back to building cars with alittle character, and maybe convincing people they can build a car that will be trouble free, all I see now are Peugeots and Renaults broken down.

26 January 2012

The shame of it is, what ever they produce it won't be any where near as good looking at the original A110, which is an absolutely gorgeous car!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

26 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]The shame of it is, what ever they produce it won't be any where near as good looking at the original A110[/quote]Of course it won't. The creation of something as beautiful, successful and charismatic as the 'Berlinette' requires that rare combination of intention, circumstance and if not genius then at least some authentic inspiration. This is just the usual marketing gabble, and until they show the car and let customers decide it counts for nothing.

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26 January 2012

[quote Sam_notts]

so they cut 5 models from there range, then they consider bringing out a model they think could compete with Porsche? As said above, they should go back to building cars with alittle character, and maybe convincing people they can build a car that will be trouble free, all I see now are Peugeots and Renaults broken down.

[/quote]Over twice as many Germans bought Renaults last year than in England, go figure. England did not even rate in the top10 countries for sales. Reducing further any input that Renault UK have into design pot. For people to damn a potential model before it is even designed shows the UK mind set. Renault worldwide sales were up last year the only people that seem to have a problem with past are people like you.

26 January 2012

i havent damned a future model, reputation is a major quality,something that Renault seriously lacks. What Citroen/Peugeot have done in recent years has transformed they way they are perceved making Renault look rather dowdy in comparison. I doubt if Renault cannot remain competitive in there mainstream models very few people will pay a premium for a 'halo' model. Also i havent a problem with Renaults past, the owners of the Megane will have though!

26 January 2012

I'd love to see a revitalised Alpine on sale in the UK, I have happy memories of the old Alpine GTA Turbo. However as Renault cannot even get themselves sufficicently together to keep selling Meganes here, not much hope of us ever seeing it!

26 January 2012

[quote Sam_notts]reputation is a major quality,something that Renault seriously lacks[/quote]

In my own experience of running a Renault Clio 182 from new a few years back, there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the car or its reliability. But the dealership service - from all the dealers we tried - was abysmal. We did 60k miles in three years and it seemed they were incapable of fixing trivial problems and servicing it properly so that in the last 18 months it was in and out of the service department like a yo-yo. Totally ruined the ownership experience of a cracking driver's car. That's what Renault UK need to get right.

Now to the Alpine 110. I HAVE always wanted one of these since I was a kid. It is a beautiful car. If they can come even near producing something as fantastic it would be amazing.

btw have you seen the TV ads for the ZE range? The Zoe is a pretty little car. I could imagine that being a great 2nd family car if the price is right.

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