The impressive looking Ineos Grenadier, revealed in pics and “off road” CGI, just 7 days ago, was due to made in Bridgend, assembled from a Portuguese supplied ladder chassis and BMW engines from Germany. Production allegedly slated for late 2021. Now, just a week later, Ineos are seriously looking to build the 4×4 in a Mercedes ex Smart factory in NE France nr Strasborg. Civil work on both Welsh and Portuguese factories has been stopped.
1) Surely for a professional outfit like Ineos, the initial logistics modelling would have concluded that making the chassis in Portugal + shipping to South Wales was risky & costly?
2) Cynic that I am, is it a poker playing “Johnnie Come Lately” begging bowl ruse to get more money from #Welsh and #UK governments to build the chassis in Bridgend?
Fingers crossed the Grenadier will STILL be Made in Wales from Welsh steel.. including the chassis. Now it’s over to our politicians!