While the industry waits for the next Japanese auto plant to materialize here, AC Cars Ltd. of England has formed a U.S. manufacturing unit to build its AC MK VI sports car in Connecticut.
AC, formed in 1901, now uses a factory on the island of Malta to produce sports cars with bodies of carbon fiber. But the company is working out plans to start hand-building the cars here in small volumes next year, according to AC Chairman Alan Lubinsky. The plant could build 1,000 cars a year by 2010, Lubinsky says. James Seeley, who will be AC's vice president of U.S. manufacturing, envisions a U.S. dealer network of 12 to 16 retailers at first.