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Fiat Exec To Revive De Tomaso Name For Three New Cars

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The legendary Italian marque De Tomaso may be revived if former Fiat exec Gian Mario Rossignolo is successful with his plans. In 2003, MG took over the label to secure a production facility for a new sports car but the plans went bust and Tomaso closed its doors just one year later.

Rossignolo recently purchased the Tomaso name to build three new aluminum cars, with numbers expected to top 8,000 units. The range will include a crossover, a luxury sedan and a new coupe.

The cars will use an advanced aluminum construction technique called Univis, which requires just about 30 dies to build a vehicle. Production will take place in part of Pininfarina's factory in Grugliasco, in the western outskirts of Turin.

The first model is expected to debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Tomaso is mostly recognized for its Pantera supercar (pictured). The unique vehicle was a sports car that was built by Tomaso from 1971 to 1996 and featured a steel monocoque chassis and a 330 horsepower 5.7-liter Ford Cleveland V-8 engine mated to a ZF five-speed manual. The cars were sold in the U.S. by Ford through its Lincoln dealers and one was even sold to Elvis Presley.

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  1. "one was even sold to elvis presley" ; more like the king deemed it worth his time to put one in his garage.
     
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  2. The former Fiat executive aims to build 8,000 De Tomaso cars a year in a former Pininfarina factory near Turin.
     
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  3. I wonder if this is move is designed to combat the decision by Ferrari to decrease the extent of its relationship with Pininfarina.
    It makes sense: the original De Tomaso label was designed to put American muscle into a sexy Italian body. I would love to see an updated De Tomaso with a Corvette engine under the hood. Better still, a lightweight aluminium construction could allow them to put in a turbocharged small-displacement Japanese engine (Honda, Nissan?) and create a car with style, fun, reliability and great gas mileage...
     
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  4. Wasn't the King's Pantera the car he famously shot in a fit of outrage when it didn't start? I like the idea of a new Pantera. Better yet, bring back the Mangusta instead (not the weird Qvale Mangusta of recent years, the original DeTomaso one). Don't know about a DeTomaso crossover, though.
     
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