By on March 14, 2011

Autoevolution reports that CPP Global Holdings, the Vladimir Antonov-owned firm that recently bought Spyker’s sportscar business, has bought Bowler, the makers of off-road racers built on the Range Rover platform. CPP Managing Director Brendan O’Toole explains the deal as

extremely positive news for fans and customers of Bowler vehicles.  I have followed the brand closely for several years and am delighted to have the opportunity to take the Bowler brand to new heights on the basis of very exciting plans.  I’m looking forward to working with Drew Bowler and the exceptionally talented team at Bowler to bring these plans to fruition.  This development is another step in CPP’s strategy to grow as a collection of complementary specialist automotive businesses

The big question: is this deal a sign that Antonov still has more more money than sense, or will the Saab financier actually find some synergy between his new acquisitions, possibly in the form of the Peking-to-Paris SUV concept? Spyker hasn’t mentioned its possible SUV entry for a solid year, but having lost money every year since going public, a second model line might not be a bad idea (especially one based on an already-developed chassis like the Rangie’s). But as of our last report there’s still a number of details to work out before the Peking-to-Paris makes it to production, namely whether the sports-ute will use an AMG engine or a “supercharged Ferrari” mill. Decisions, decisions…

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