Two new models to be co-developed with Renault, destined for Asian market

Caterham will bring a crossover SUV and subcompact car to the market as early as 2016.

The British sports car maker will co-develop the cars with Renault, in exactly the same manner as its current joint-venture project. The new models will be destined for the Asian market in a bid to re-brand Caterham as a global car maker.

The cars would most likely be part-built at the joint-owned factory in Dieppe, before being shipped to Asia for final assembly.

Reports from Reuters suggest Caterham is keen to emulate the success of the Range Rover Evoque, which has gained significant profits for JLR and parent company Tata Motors.

Speaking to Reuters, Caterham owner Tony Fernandes said the new models would be based on existing Renault platforms: "Sports cars will do well, but the city car and the SUV are what the (Asian) market really wants. If we get the SUV right it will be huge."

Caterham's joint venture car with Renault Alpine is due to cost around £35k when it goes on sale next year. Aimed at the Malaysian market, the car will be limited to 3000 units per year. Engineers on the project are expected to use a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine to power the car.

Meanwhile Alpine has already announced that its own car from the joint venture will cost £50k when it goes on sale in 2016.

While up to 70 per cent of parts will be shared between the two cars on this project, there have so far been no indications from Renault that the same would be true of any other designs. Speaking to Reuters, Renault would only confirm that Caterham would be using its platforms. There has also been no word on whether said platforms would include Renault's new Common Module Family architecture.

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8 July 2013

Are Caterham going to lose their indentity?,will this be badge engineering?,is there financial troubles on the Horizon?,are they going to be a sub brand owned by a major car maker?.I am not sure this is a good move,obvious you say?,well, what reason would a car maker who started out as a Cottage industry making exciting road cars,suddenly say...."i know!, lets join the Herd,and make another SUV that nobody really wants because there's so many to choose from!",unless it comes in kit form,who'll be interested?

Peter Cavellini.

8 July 2013

This is a very bad idea - who in the far east, or anywhere else for that matter is going to want or care about another SUV or city car from some tiny unknown 'sports car' manufacturer? This Fernandez bloke has lost the plot. Caterham should stick to sports cars and racing, where they're a respected and loved brand. 

Cyborg

9 July 2013

  

Andy Pasti

9 July 2013

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 "i know!, lets join the Herd,and make another SUV that nobody really wants because there's so many to choose from!",unless it comes in kit form,who'll be interested?

Peter Cavellini.

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An SUV in kit form(?)... Are. You. On. Crack.

Andy Pasti

8 July 2013

They're not going to build an LWB Caterham for China are they...?

Or a 57 seater for India?

8 July 2013

I wonder if the forum members will think this is as bad as, or better than what BMW are 'doing' with MINI?

8 July 2013

Well, its all over now. The last brand staying true to their origins has sold its soul to the money men. I gues thats what happens when your partner up with the french plague. A supercar, an SUV, a city car... If by any chance they manage to do it they would have destroyed the last stand for driving purists and if they not, like most of the contendants, they will end up in huge debt, sold to some arab, chinese or malaysian investor and finally thrown down the drain. Great monday news everyone!

9 July 2013

thundercolo wrote:

Well, its all over now. The last brand staying true to their origins has sold its soul to the money men. I gues thats what happens when your partner up with the french plague. A supercar, an SUV, a city car...

Dont forget the obligatory MPV..

TS7

8 July 2013

... they were after all known as the world's fastest trucks - as long as it doesn't look like the monsterous thing that appeared last (?) year.

 

But Caterham? One supposes Lotus will follow suit, as will BAC, KTM et al.

 

Can't wait to see a DIY build Caterham falling to pieces in the middle of a field though.

 

8 July 2013

There was talk last year of a Lotus/Proton city car, which seemed to come to nothing.  Since this is aimed at the Asian market you can assume that it won't be massively expensive, although the exact cost doesn't seem to be clear.  Presumably they've done their sums and the car will be viable, but I think to state that their SUV will compete with the Range Rover Evoque is slightly optimistic.  The Range Rover name and Land Rover brand have decades of experience in producing their vehicles.  When Tata bought the company, they knew they were on to a good thing.  Caterham may have an uphill struggle convincing the market that, even with Renault/Alpine's help, their products will rival or better those from the established players.  Good luck to them anyway.

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