• Oct 19th 2006 at 6:01PM
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A new Autocar item is saying that the next-generation of TVRs will be built by Bertone in Italy, using Ricardo-produced engines. This comes on the heels of reports that the tiny manufacturer was leaving the UK. And that announcement followed the initial declaration that the firm would remain British. Nikolai Smolenski made the announcement yesterday that the current factory in Blackpool would be shut down. French and Russian plants have been rumored as potential sites, but Autocar's sources believe that Italian coachbuilder Bertone will be used to produce the '07 Sagaris, Tuscan and Tuscan convertible in Turin.

According to TVR, drivetrain production will remain in the UK. Autocar supposes that Ricardo will build a production line to supply new Euro IV emissions compatible motors. Ricardo is already working on bringing the TVR engines up to those standards, so going one step further and actually building them for TVR makes sense. Still, the fact that another British marque has left the island must sting the monarchy just a bit.

[Source: Autocar]

Thanks for the tip, Dino!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Russian CEO is very smart to use help from the Italians. He should also try having it built in Graz Austria, where BMW, SAAB, and Mercedes all build their cars
      at this sub-contracted, facility. I just forgot the name of the place. Stry something???
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's a good move. Bertone has the know-how to build high quality products, which is percisely why it's a good move. TVRs aren't known for build quality. So far their only claim to fame is controversial styling and raw performance. It's quite obvious that Nikolai trying to move TVR products upwards. He isn't concerned about cost of production per unit. Those additional costs can always be passed on to the customer. And as long as price matches quality, he won't have any trouble finding customers.

      We're talking about exotic and semi-exotic cars here people, not cars for the average joe - something TVR never was.
      warren m
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is so wrong. TVR was cool because it was British. I think the new owner was trying to compete with the relatively trouble-free sportscars from Germany. That's not what TVR's are about. Everyone knows they can be a bit 'temperamental', in the same way an Alfa Romeo might be. It's part of their character and appeal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am probably well wide of the mark here but I fail to see how an Italian coach builder can build these things cheaper than a load of blokes in Blackpool.
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