Could Alpine Come to Our Shores?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
could alpine come to our shores

French automaker Alpine, which is a subsidiary of Renault, could be coming to America.


Don't cue the Neil Diamond yet -- it's not a certainty, especially from a company that at present just builds one sports car in very small numbers.

That said, a report in Forbes suggests that the brand's involvement in Formula One has given it exposure in America and China -- enough that it might find it feasible to sell cars in those markets.

Renault, of course, has tried to crack the U.S. before, but CEO Luca de Meo suggests that perhaps the company should treat Alpine as a niche marque for wealthy buyers instead of chasing volume.

That said, Alpine has three EVs on the way, including a small crossover, a performance hatchback, and an electrified A110. De Meo further said that the company is working on two larger SUVs, set to debut late this decade.

Platforms could come from Renault's alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi or perhaps from Geely, which Renault also works with.

Alpine could also use an IPO to fund its plans, but only after it officially separates itself from Renault, which is planned for 2024.

[Image: Alpine]

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  • Wolfwagen Wolfwagen on Nov 11, 2022

    I'm not sure they will succeed at this point and time. The best time for this was when Renault owned AMC. I remember reading an article in MT back in the day where Renault was torture testing an Alpine GTA out in the desert in anticipation of a possible North American version. That all got scrapped when Chyrsler bought AMC.


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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Nov 11, 2022

    "Renault, of course, has tried to crack the U.S. before..."


    They did more than try to crack the U.S. They sold cars here from 1950s, starting with the 4, Dauphine, and Caravelle, through cars like the 12, 16, and 17, and the 5 (the "Le Car"), into the 1980s. Sure, they never sold here in huge numbers, but they had a solid presence.

    • Bobbysirhan Bobbysirhan on Nov 11, 2022

      The Dauphine was the second best-selling import in 1959, with 102,000 sales. Their sales collapse in 1960 could only partly be attributed to the arrival of Detroit compacts.


  • RHD RHD on Nov 11, 2022

    Please, anything but another friggin' SUV! And with a real transmission, please.

    • Art  Vandelay Art Vandelay on Nov 15, 2022

      Eh, a 2 speed Taycan style to give some extra top end and range at high speed is fine.


  • Probert Probert on Nov 12, 2022

    The A110 is so beautiful!! An electric version - oh my.

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