Auto shows always throw a surprise or two, just to spice things up a bit - but this one, if it turns out to be true, doesn't really make much sense.
The reason is that, according to AutoNews, Renault won't bring its resurrected Alpine brand to Switzerland.
This means that the eagerly anticipated Vision Concept, that previews the production sports car, won't make its global debut next week, as everyone expected .
We'll wait and see how this pans out, since Renault itself remains silent. In spite of having released a batch of images, the only info on the concept is the 4.5-seconds 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time and the fact that it is powered by "a new 4-cylinder turbocharged engine", though it won't disclose its capacity or output. Promising to stay "true to the great A110 Berlinette" of the '60s and '70s, the Vision Concept is said to keep weight as low as possible.
Alpine is now focused on building a production version of the study over the next 12 months, which will be assembled in Dieppe, France, and go on sale next year in Europe, with other markets to follow.