Renault will decide before the end of the year whether it will go ahead and revive the famous Alpine brand.
And Renault boss Carlos Tavares, who is keen to create a modern reinterpretation of the iconic Alpine A110, has admitted he is in talks with another manufacturer about a joint venture. If the partnership goes ahead, the Alpine will get the green light.
“What is clear is if we want to build a great car – which is the only way we will build an Alpine – then we must share the burden of development costs,” Tavares said after driving the Alpine concept.
“I am working in that direction, but it is too early to say if the discussions will be a success.
“I am going softly in my plans, because we must get this car right. If the decision for a partner is positive, then it will take three to five years for the car to make production.”
Tavares’ plan is that the new Alpine A110 would sell for around £45,000. Understandably he refused to reveal the manufacturer he’s in discussions with, but it could well be another development of the current Renault, Nissan and Mercedes relationship.