15 April 2004

TVR might be about to enter into an Italian production venture. Rumours are circulating that the Blackpool-based company may license assembly of its 360bhp Tuscan sports car to an Italian dealer, who proposes to use a former Alfa Romeo facility for production.

If approved, the Tuscans would be assembled at the Arese factory north of Milan. Fiat Auto moved manufacture of the GTV and Spider two-seaters away from the facility three years ago, and although still owned by Fiat, it has lain largely unused since then. This TVR venture was heralded as the saviour of the Arese at a ceremony outside of the building last week, to bring jobs and prosperity back to the site. TVR declined to officially comment on the plans.

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