Caterham may have found a new distributor in the US, but it will still be some time before buyers get the chance to pick up a production version of its AeroSeven Concept. The lightweight sports car that we thought looked pretty unique and special is going back to the drawing board after criticism from customers in one of the brand's most important markets – Malaysia.
Caterham may be looking to expand its product scope beyond its current offerings. After the company announced an alliance with Renault yesterday, Caterham Chairman Tony Fernandes was quoted as saying the partnership is "the start of a line of products from Caterham." Fernandes went on to say the purist sports car manufacturer could move to begin producing crossovers and city cars in the same way that Porsche has evolved its position in the market. Don't start crying at the thought of a five-door
Newly minted Caterham CEO Graham MacDonald has told WhatCar? that the firm is "plotting" the development of "a more upmarket" sports car, this time it would be one with a roof. In addition to protection overhead, MacDonald says the new two-seater will be more inviting, meaning occupants won't need to be hardcore nutters in order to enjoy it. He didn't give a timeline on its arrival, but said that Caterham would want to level this broader appeal to buyers in Asia and it could be designed for the
Years ago Caterham was just another kit-car company making "continuation" examples of the Lotus Seven. Now it's got its own LMP-style track car on the market, a new road car on the way, its own Formula One team, a composites division and an engineering consultancy. So who do you credit for the transformation? Ansar Ali. But he's on his way out.
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