Good-Bye TVR – From These Shores Anyway
But AC Introduces A 'New' Model
TVR has already
created a website www.thelastcerbera.com:
perhaps now it will create www.thelastbritishbuilttvr.com - because
the Blackpool-based company, which was in negotiations to move elsewhere
within the town, is going to close its doors, with the loss of 260
jobs. Here's that last Cerbera, in 'scintillating white', among
the weeds and graffiti... It didn't reach its reserve.
TVRs will still
be built though, but in Europe – presumably in Eastern Europe,
where they are likely to have all the charisma of a Skoda (very
good cars, and extremely reliable).
extremely sorry that, after a period of uncertainty and raised hopes,
that we could (not) continue production ourselves in Blackpool,
we have had to make this decision,” said Nikolai Smolenski,
the Russian-born TVR owner.
will still be built in the UK though.
has begun with staff and the Transport & General Workers Union
on redundancy, and counselling support is being put in place.
TVR plans to
continue with all current arrangements for the supply of cars and
parts. Discussions are being held with key suppliers about future
acutely aware of the shock and distress this will cause for our
staff and their families,” continued Smolenski. “We
will ensure that we meet all our responsibilities towards them over
the coming months. We shall be making further announcements in due
course about our plans, which we believe represent a major advance
for the proud name of TVR.”
To Be Made In Wales
Contrasting neatly with the TVR news, AC is back in the UK –
with a target of producing 8,000 new sports cars every year, in
AC MkV is being produced in Malta.
MG was rumoured
to be developing the Smart car, production of which ended last year,
but AC has taken it on, and the likes of Gordon Murray and John
Piper are involved.
The revised car will be manufactured as a roadster
and a coupe, and fitted with a different engine and gearbox to the
original. The styling will be different from the original too.
should commence in 2007. This is the original design.