Renault Establishes Alpine Advisory Board
The board will monitor the evolution of expected Alpine sportscar and will assist the senior management "regarding the brand’s positioning". They will convene twice a year starting with their first meeting in a few weeks' time.
The Alpine sportscar is expected to arrive in 2015 and will be a rival for the Porsche Boxster. Its French character will be evident. It will reportedly be engaging to drive, though no more so than a Mazda MX-5. Prelimiary information suggests that power will come from a Renault engine that produces 250 horsepower.
The members of the Alpine Advisory Board are:
- Jean-Charles Rédelé (Renault dealer and son of the brand’s founder, Jean Rédelé)
- Jacques Cheinisse (former sales manager and sporting director of Alpine)
- Jean-Pierre Limondin (former Alpine engineer with special responsibility for the production of Alpine cars under licence)
- Alain Serpaggi (former rally driver and former Alpine test driver)
- Bernard Darniche (one of the Alpine rally team’s famous ‘musketeers’ who helped Alpine win the inaugural World Rally Championship for Manufacturers in 1973)
- Michèle Mouton (Alpine rally driver from 1974 until 1977)
- Hervé Charbonneaux (collector of Alpines and driver of the brand’s cars in Historic races)
- Olivier Lamirault (Renault dealer in Chartres, France, and heavily involved in the marketing of the Alpine adventure as a former Alpine, and a regular driver of Alpines in Historic races)
- Chris Vissher (Renault dealer and Alpine and Renault Sport specialist in Rotterdam, Netherlands)
- Tom Mautner (former Renault and Alpine dealer and collector, UK)
- From Renault, the following will also sit on the advisory board, in addition to Carlos Tavares:
- Philippe Klein (Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning, Product Planning & Programmes)
- Christian Pouillaude (Brand Director, Renault)
- Bernard Ollivier (CEO, Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham)
- Jean-Jacques Delaruwière (representing Renault Communications, and responsible for the advisory board’s administration).