This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of the Renault Clio's record sales, comparing Honda's NSX with the Ferrari 458, a bespoke Nismo division car and Aston Martin's production cap.
Renault's record sales
The Clio is built in two factories that can’t keep pace with demand, he said. The next-generation model will be built at three plants.
An insider reports that they were “quite impressed” with the Ferrari’s body, adding that its remnants now lie in several bins at Honda’s R&D facility.
Possible bespoked Nissan Nismo
Speaking at Le Mans, Nismo programme director Bob Laishley said it would be something for the brand to “aspire to” in the future.
Aston's production cap
Aston Martin's new factory in St Athan will have a capacity of around 7000 cars per year – the same as Gaydon.
Aston expects to cap production at that level, with sports cars built at Gaydon and other models built in Wales.
Boss Andy Palmer has ruled out making more than 14,000 cars a year. “We don’t want to come down from luxury to premium,” he said.