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Groupe Renault Introduces Alpine A110 Models with Aluminum Chassis

2018 - ALPINE A110 Pure et ALPINE A110 Légende© by Groupe Renault

Groupe Renault introduced its new Alpine A110 sports car models — Pure and Légende — which remain faithful to Alpine’s timeless principles combining compact size, light weight and agility. Both models share the same technical characteristics as the A110 Première Edition — an aluminum chassis and frame, mid-mounted 1.8 l turbo-charged engine, and front and rear double-wishbone suspension.

Pure is designed to be the A110 at its lightest and most driver-focused — ideal for winding mountain roads — and retains the Premiere Edition’s minimalist yet high-quality approach. Meanwhile, the Légende is the more refined edition for everyday driving or long distance touring.

Renault introduced a bespoke all-aluminum platform and upper body  for the Alpine in early 2017, with the aim of ensuring the vehicle’s lightweight and agile handling.  In December 2017, the company inaugurated a new production line at its Alpine facility in Dieppe, Normandy, for the new A110. The new line involved two years of work and an investment of more than €35 million. The line will be used to assemble the new Alpine A110’s all-aluminum body and chassis, while the paint shop’s new sanding and cleaning robots guarantee a premium quality finish.

“The revival of Alpine production in Dieppe, where the original Berlinette [style of auto body] was made almost 50 years ago, presented us with a challenge, but we rose to it together, with backing from the state, the region, the local urban district, Groupe Renault, and the Alliance,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault. “151 people have been recruited and the factory has been refurbished. The excellence and French-style elegance that the brand stands for are more than just claims; today, in Dieppe they are an industrial reality.”

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