There once was an Argentinian who started a car company in Italy, making products powered by American V8s. The company was called DeTomaso, which you may recognize as the automaker behind the Pantera sports car.
However, times have not been kind to DeTomaso. Their last production car was the Bigua about a decade ago. The company sold the production rights of this car to Qvale, which subsequently sold its underpinnings to the MG Rover Group that produced the SV-R sportscar on that chassis – until they also went bankrupt.
It seemed that DeTomaso was dead for good, but then in 2009, a man by the name of Gianmario Rossignolo, who was formerly the boss of Lancia, bought the rights to the DeTomaso name and started talking about finding a new production facility.
Now it seems he has taken another step forward, as he is talking about revealing a new model at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. In fact, he revealed to the Italian magazine Quattroroute that he plans on a three model range for the company, a luxury car, an SUV and a sportscar.
Let’s just hope DeTomaso makes a worthy comeback and this time will be back in business for good.