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    Hambach - no more smarts?

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/n...-smart-factory

    There's a line in the piece:

    ''a major attraction is the fact that Daimler has equipped the Hambach plant fairly recently to build a larger SUV model, alongside the Smart two-seat city cars that have always been its main output.''

    Can't figure out which SUV was intended - a smart or a Mercedes - and if this is the end of fortwo production at Hambach, the end of fortwo production completely.

    Maybe Mercedes no longer need smart to reduce its corporate average CO2 emissions now it has hybrid and electric versions of mainstream MB models.

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    Looks like it's going to be the Ineos Grenadier! Very green...lol!
    That's a blow to the people of Wales where the factory was going to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr T View Post
    Looks like it's going to be the Ineos Grenadier! Very green...lol!
    That's a blow to the people of Wales where the factory was going to be.
    Or an attempt to extract financial concessions from the Welsh or UK government(s)?......

    It's hard to make sense of anything. I noticed Ineos sponsorship on the Mercedes F1 car and he it is proposing to buy a facility owned by Mercedes. But the drivetrains for the Grenadier are to be supplied by BMW.

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    To understand what was really behind Sir Jim Ratcliffe's decision, I suggest you listen to the Tortoise Media podcast

    https://castbox.fm/episode/A-Very-Br...454?country=gb

    https://www.tortoisemedia.com/audio/...tish-business/

    Don't blame me if it makes you seriously pissed off
    Last edited by UKKid35; 20-05-2021 at 06:10 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UKKid35 View Post
    To understand what was really behind Sir Jim Ratcliffe's decision, I suggest you listen to the Tortoise Media podcast

    https://castbox.fm/episode/A-Very-Br...454?country=gb

    https://www.tortoisemedia.com/audio/...tish-business/

    Don't blame me if it makes you seriously pissed off
    Smoke and mirrors cloaked in the Union Jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr T View Post
    Looks like it's going to be the Ineos Grenadier! Very green...lol!
    That's a blow to the people of Wales where the factory was going to be.
    Very little sign that the Ebbw Vale TVR factory will ever open either

    I stopped by to have a look a few weeks ago

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    How long has that been in build?
    Who owns TVR now? Last I knew was some young Russian guy.

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    Are you sitting comfortably and have plenty of time on your hands?

    All your answers about TVR are here..........

    https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/

    and here...

    https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/...&f=8&t=1808556

    Volume 1 of the above thread is no more.


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