The 2006 Alpine 210 RS concept car shows a possible direction Renault could have taken for its new sports carEnlarge Photo
Renault bosses have confirmed in the past that there are plans to bring back the Alpine name but a new report by Autocar claims those plans have been scrapped as the carmaker attempts to reduce its costs.
The information came from Renault COO Patrick Pelata who told reporters that the decision to scrap the Alpine plans was a direct “casualty” of the economic crisis. Pelata also revealed that Renault’s plans to move production of its next-generation Clio hatch to Chenai, India, had also been dropped.
The original motivation behind the decision to rejuvenate the Alpine badge was the success Fiat was experiencing with its Abarth label. Like Abarth, Alpine was an independent manufacturer of racing and sport cars that eventually merged with a major carmaker, in this case Renault.
Pictured above is the 2006 Alpine 210 RS concept car, a modern interpretation of the original Alpine race cars from the 1960 and ’70s.