Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn presented a “very close” prototype of the car that will be manufactured from 2017 in Dieppe.
More than twenty years after the sleep of the legendary sports brand, Ghosn officially relaunched Alpine, yesterday in Monaco. He presented a prototype Alpine vision, “very close” to the car that will be marketed from 2017.
The production car will be produced in Dieppe.
It “will respect the heritage” of the brand but will “thoroughly modern” , said Carlos Ghosn.
Production is expected to start in early 2017, “after the phases of preparation and finalization of production tools” .
The first industrial protoypes will be assembled this year. The car “will accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds,” promises the CEO of Renault.
In Dieppe, the historic cradle of the Alpine brand, 285 employees and sixty temporary staff, assemble 5500 Clio RS per year. Since June, the plant also manufactures Bluecar, the small electric car from Bolloré.
The return of the Alpine should be accompanied by job creation. Renault plans to announce the number in “a few weeks”.
The Alpine brand, founded by Jean Rédélé in 1955, was bought by Renault in 1973.
Its production was stopped in 1995. Renault has been working on its revival since 2012.