Renault Buys Out Their Stake from Caterham in Their Alpine Project
|   Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Renault has bought its remaining stake from Caterham, in their joint Alpine project. Insiders at Renault say that this decision has been taken mutually, while working together on future projects could be a reality. This latest report brings to a halt, the original Renault Caterham partnership that was signed back in 2012. Both firms are still keen on launching the Alpine sports car, as both firms have made valuable inputs, into this design.

Renault says that this vehicle has the potential to be the Berlinette of the modern era, stressing that 90 percent of this vehicle is complete.
Its exterior and drive train is waiting for approval, while work on the interior trim and upholstery, should be completed by summer 2014. Caterham has initially launched a report, claiming that their partnership with Renault was nearing its end.

The French CGT was assured that the 300 workers at the plant where the Alpine was set to be manufactured will be retained, as Renault will be building their Clio there instead. The Alpine could be brought there in future, if need be. Things were running smoothly between Caterham and Renault over their Alpine project smoothly, until the beginning of this year, when insiders claimed that problems had surfaced between both firms, regarding the Alpine's base design.

The first generation proto type was welcomed with mixed reactions from the crowd, which forced Renault to head back to the design table, with this vehicle. Caterham however was adamant on continuing into production. This raised a barrier between both firms, who then wanted to split up, for best results. Both Caterham and Renault wanted to design their own variants of this vehicle, while Caterham is believed to have been ready with their version.

This further caused temperatures to soar between the partners. It is now understood that both firms will be working independently from where they left off and we expect two completely different units to be built. Caterham has already started working on this platform, while major upgrades have been made to their base platform. A section of their workforce will be cut out, due to lack of needs however.

Insiders have also rubbished claims that they have purchased the rights to use the mid engine platform of German car maker Artega, to be used in their next generation models. Caterham's version of the Alpine was always expected to feature greater power and sportiness, while Renault was focusing on a tamed and fuel efficient variant. We now have news claiming that Caterham's version will feature 300 BHP, while Renault is planning on offering just 250 BHP.

Both vehicles are to have a similar total weight of over 1,100 kg. Further details are expected to be revealed along with both vehicles, when they make a formal debut next year. Both versions are to enter production, latest by 2015, while their first generation units, will be available across dealerships by early to mid 2016. Stay tuned for more news, updates and reviews, as we keep a close track on this situation.
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