Alpine A110 facing the axe

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Words: Josh Revell
21 May 2020

Renault is looking to cut costs to weather the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new report from Automotive News Europe, one of the measures set to be undertaken involves the closing of its Dieppe plant, where it builds the limited-production Alpine A110 sports car.

The Alpine A110, which harks back to the original sports car from 1961, debuted at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Dieppe plant employs around 400 people and is one of the smallest factories in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

The report does not mention if Renault intends to move production of the A110 out of Dieppe, though in September 2018 the company had a 14-month waiting period for the new car, at the time increasing output from 15 to 20 cars a day.

The news comes after Renault introduced the Alpine A110 Legende GT earlier this year, which will be limited to 400 units. However, with Renault looking to cut $NZ3.6billion from its budget, it appears that nothing is off the table. Earlier this year, Renault CEO Clothilde Delbos said there’d be “no taboos” to cutting costs, according to the publication.

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