• Oct 18, 2006
Despite having raised the hopes of workers and proud TVR enthusiasts in the UK, Russian owner Nikolai Smolensky has announced that he will be moving production of the niche sportscars out of the UK to another undisclosed European country. The move will result in 250 workers being laid off at the company's Blackpool assembly plant. The Transport and General Workers' Union that represents the TVR workforce said it was "bitterly disappointed" over the decision, especially considering that temporarily laid-off workers were rehired back in July and Smolensky had just moved his operations into a new facility within Blackpool. Smolensky seems to have mastered the art of false hope, having also announced in the past year that he would double TVR's production with a new lineup and may begin selling cars in the U.S. Pardon us if we don't get our hopes up.

[Source: BBC]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      If Ford buys this car it could become their Viper:)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Ford should buy TVR's assets, label them as Jaguars and then make a killing. Why wouldn't this work? These are the cars that Jaguars should be, powerful, low to the ground, slightly eccentric in a British way.

      Maybe if I rummage through my couch cushions I could buy both brands and make this work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i give TVR a 50% chance of ever making another car.

      too bad, they are so cool, they will be missed

      sucks for the employees who got hired fired rehired then fired again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ralph Nader would have a field day if TVR started selling here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As long as I can still by my Sagaris I don't care where in Europe they are located.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Felonious Monk, I can read. I am afraid you're still the idiot here. Aston Martin has produced cars that many consider to be among the most beautiful and characterful cars available today, and all under Fords ownership. Their brand image is stronger than ever. The quality aspect is just a bonus. The stupidity of posters like you continues to amaze.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They do make and sell TVRs in the US, they're called Corvettes. Drive 'em both and you'll see so many similarities. Gobs of power for as little money as possible. Placky bodies, amateur interiors. Where the Corvette differs is in stuff like, er, the parking brake won't cut your hand, the door handles are not hidden under the fuel filler cap, stuff like that. Selling TVR to Ford is laughably stupid. But GM have a bunch of dudes who know how to cut corners and get a great, if compromised product out. Ship half the UK employees over to the US, have a week long party with the Corvette guys, then set about making a new sports car. The only contact they need to have with GM headquarters is when they back up the Brinks truck to collect the profits. Make this happen please.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what's the consideration for it's plan ?
      cheap workers in Eastern Europe, quality in Western Europe (Germany) ? ...

      http://www.cars-specifications.com/
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Smolenski's a weasel, and I'm being generous.

      Child of Russsian mobster, err, banker. Yeah, whatever. If you thought this was going to work, you also believed that old hustler Malcom and Chery were going to have cars in the US in, what was it, 2007? Uh, huh.

      (Don't get me wrong. The Chinese cars are coming. Just not via Malcolms latest dog and BS show.)

      This was pre-ordained the minute he bought the company. This is nothing new, remember when the Golden Triangle drug lords owned Lamborghini?

      There really is a workforce available. Kirkham builds a very high quality aluminum Cobra in Poland. Paying former engineers pretty well by Polish standards, but like McDonald's employees in US/UK terms.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12, it is you sir who is an idiot.

      The arguement was never about quality. It was about brand image and the products that support that image.

      Yes, quality would be better if Ford buys TVR, but the styling changes for the sake of integrating quality into production will surely take a toll.

      Learn to F'ing read.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was just in the UK. I don 't know how they can build anything at a price which sells. Labor for sriv=ce for a Mercedes car is now in a range of Pds 100.00-120.00 per hour. With unit labor costs country wide like that no wonder companies move to Eastern Europe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm with mk and Spaceweasel: Sad loss of a spirited, private club of employees who dreampt cars and built their dream. It will not be the same soul in the TVR.
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