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Alpine could position itself as 'mini Ferrari', says Renault boss – report

Renault CEO Luca de Meo has suggested Alpine could be cultivated to become a "mini Ferrari". According to UK publication Auto Express, Italian-born de Meo said the Renault-owned Alpine brand could combine expertise from its Formula One team with "quasi-artisanal" work conducted at the Alpine factory to produce vehicles akin to those made by Ferrari...

Alpine A110 SportsX: Safari adventure coupe may become a reality – report

The Alpine A110 may be about to become a little more adventurous. According to patent images uncovered by Dutch publication AutoWeek, the sports car brand Alpine is preparing a raised-up, off-road 'safari' version of its A110 sports car. First revealed in January 2020, the Alpine A110 SportsX showed off its rally-inspired looks as a concept car, with the brand saying it was merely a design exercise at the time...

Renault Formula One team to rebrand as Alpine, suggesting a big future

Renault has announced overnight its Formula One team will run under the Alpine flag for the 2021 season. Recently Renault F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul was appointed as managing director at Alpine – a sports car sub-brand of Renault – helping to lead the company's future while he continues with his duties at the F1 racing team...

Struggle street: the cars yet to pass 25 sales so far this year

The new-car market has been competitive and cutthroat for a while, but the first half of 2020 increased the pressure to perform. With production delays due to coronavirus, a raft of exciting new models on the horizon, electric and hybrid cars upping their game and buyers facing financial limitations, every new vehicle on the market had to fight harder than ever to succeed...

Alpine future in question, could go all-electric – report

Renault-owned sports car brand Alpine could go all-electric in the future, according to international reports. According to UK publication AutoCar, Renault is considering the move as part of a restructure that aims to save the brand £1.7 million (AU$3.1 billion). “It’s inevitable that we’ll electrify Alpine,” Renault’s design chief Laurens van den Acker told AutoCar...

The car names you've probably been mispronouncing this whole time

Fancy yourself a car enthusiast? While being an enthusiastic car owner and a good driver are both part of your overall street cred, a lot of it comes down to being able to talk the torque. And where many of us can come undone when showing off our automotive prowess is butchering the pronunciation of brand or model names as badly as Kim from Kath & Kim used to pronounce 'chardonnay' (she said 'kar-don-aye', for the record)...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: John Bowe pays tribute to Rod Barrett

On this week's podcast are Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. In car news, the Alpine A110 Sportsx concept has been revealed, an Australian launch for Kia Stonic has been confirmed for late 2020, there's Australian interest in the Volkswagen Arteon 'Shooting Brake', and research shows school pick-up as 'the most dangerous time' to be on Australian roads...

Alpine A110 Sportsx concept revealed

The Alpine A110 Sportsx concept has been unveiled at the International Automobile Festival, at the Invalides complex, alongside a selection of cars from the brand's past. Said to be inspired by the A110 race car which won the 1973 Monte Carlo rally, the Sportsx has a jacked up suspension package for 60mm of extra ground clearance...

2018 Alpine A110 recalled

Renault Australia has issued three separate recalls for the 2018 model-year Alpine A110 sports car, affecting between 61 and 72 vehicles depending on the notice. The first recall relates to vehicles fitted with the sports exhaust that could have an issue with oil pressure...

Alpine A110 gets a rally makeover

Alpine is going back to its roots, revealing a rally-ready racer based on the road-going A110 coupe. The A110 Rally will officially be launched at the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine this weekend, with sales to start at the 'end of the year'. Built around the same aluminium frame as the A110 GT4, which in turn is built around the chassis of the road car...

Nissan reforms governance structure, CEO to concentrate on 'succession plan'

Nissan's annual general meeting has approved sweeping governance changes, which were championed by its CEO Hiroto Saikawa. As part of the reforms, the Nissan 11-strong board will feature two representatives each from Nissan and Renault, and seven independent directors. The company also gains three new committees overseeing nomination, compensation and audit...