Renault may exhume Alpine brand from the grave

September 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Renault has recently revealed that it’s developing an all-new sports car and is considering resurrecting a brand that has been dormant for almost 20 years – Alpine.

Speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week, Renault product manager Beatrice Foucher said that the next-generation Megane and Laguna will be built on a common C/D platform and this same platform will spawn a sports car. “We need conventional cars as well as innovative cars”, Foucher said. “It’s very early, but we will have at least one coupe in the line-up off the new platform.”

Foucher went on to state, “We’re working on an Alpine. It’s a possibility and we’re looking at what an Alpine would be in a RenaultSport line-up.”

It may be time for this once famous car brand to return. For those who are unfamiliar with Alpine- here’s a brief history lesson.

Alpine was originally founded in 1955 by Jean Redele, who used a humble Renault 4CV to build small coupes with a glass fibre body and stiffened chassis. Its first model was the A106, a small coupe based on a 4CV. In the 1960s, Alpine started a closer cooperation with Renault taking part in motorsport events and achieving success. Continue reading “Renault may exhume Alpine brand from the grave” »

Renault to revive Alpine name with Nissan underneath

July 28th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

It has been rumoured that Renault could launch a great-grandson of the original hot French rally car, the Alpine A110, based on the forthcoming 370Z platform

The fact that the A110 had the engine mid-mounted and the 370Z (successor to the 350Z) has the engine in the nose is a convenient detail left out of the rumour circuit, but if the new Alpine continues the bloodline of the Alpine-Renault A110/GTA/Spider it can’t be a bad thing.

With Renault increasingly going for hot FWD hatches, like the Megane R26.R, it would be great to see some track-focused RWD cars.