New Smart Roadster: preview sketch

Automotive Design 10 Oct 2006
New Smart Roadster: preview sketch

Auto Express has revealed a preview image of the future Smart Roadster, that will be produced by UK-based Project Kimber in several variants, even with the AC brand. They may be revealed at the next Geneva Motor Show.

According to Auto Express, the vehicle – produced in Wales by Project Kimber – will be available in both hardtop and convertible form and will be released with the AC brand.

Expected production volumes are about 8,000 units per year.

Among the people involved in this ambitious project are Gordon Murray, John Piper – who worked on the JCB DieselMax record-car – and Keith Helfet, who designed the Jaguar F-Type concept.

About Project Kimber activity

Back in July 2005 Project Kimber was one of the original candidates to buy the assets of MG Rover, which was finally purchased by Nanjing Automotive.

Last July, the UK group Project Kimber purchased the manufacturing rights to the Smart Roadster and announced plans to start production by mid-2007. At that moment the Company was considering to revive the Triumph brand.

In September Project Kimber announced that they would use the AC mark to create a compact two-seater sportscar.

(Source: Auto Express via,

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