• Mar 31, 2006


Apparently, the saga that is the Romanian-built Cross Lander is not quite over yet. Our contact at the company's Atlanta outpost, Sean Rich, hipped us to the latest developments.

According to a press release issued Thursday, Cross Lander USA has announced its intentions to lodge a legal grievance against the country of Romania, pursuant to the "Bilateral Investment Treaty" between the U.S. and Romania. The would-be truckmaker alleges that it has been the subject of "a continuous barrage of attacks" by Romanian government officials both past and present, along with AVAS officials and "sensationalist reporters," among others. Cross Lander believes that a "web of corruption" led to the failure of the Romanian governent to abide by its obligations under a privatization agreement, "including the cancellation of a 47 million U.S. dollar budgetary debt."

In related news, Cross Lander announced that it is no longer Cross Lander.  Err... kinda. The company is officially changing its name to Global Vehicles U.S.A. Incorporated. However, as a regrettably infectious tune once said, "It's all the same, only the names will change"-- the company and its charter remain unaltered, and the "Cross Lander" moniker is being retained for future U.S. bound products. The embattled firm further states that it plans to move its home base to the Atlanta, Georgia area later this summer, and claims to still have 150 dealers signed up.

Click through to the link for the full press release.

[Source: Cross Lander USA via P.R. Newswire]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmmm. Looks like another company might have to look to China to get stuff to try to sell in the US, as a guess.

      Then instead of being the SUV version of "Yugo" they might have some chance of becoming the next Datsun (Nissan)?

      • 8 Years Ago
      It is unfortunate for the citizens of Romania that Cross Lander is leaving. This will be a continuing saga while the Romanian government remains fundamental corrupt. Many of the eastern block nations are corrupt and controlled by the Russian Mafia. No business could survive when government officials are extorting companies like Cross Lander and the mafia controls the manufacturing facilities. As long as the governments of eastern block nations are corrupt they will remain a third world country.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the Romanian people as well. EU indorsement that the government of Romania is not corrupt does not give me a lot of confidence. The big losers with Cross Lander pulling out is the good citizens of Romania.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here is another example of why it is such a risk to try to do business in eastern europe. The gangsters that run Romania should have realized they could have made millions of dollars by exporting this truck to the USA. But they would rather fight over a now empty,idle factory!! How typical!! This truck had passed all of the US government tests all that was left to be done was to start building them. I hope the people who screwed this deal up are happy the FOOLS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The current Romanian government is quite transparent, and I think the fact that Cross Lander blames this on "corruption" is very ignorant. The previous government, 2000-2004, was indeed quite corrupt, but never was it controlled by "Russian" mafia (the Romanian government officials themselves were involved in shady acts, but never did it get to the point of extortion). In any case, the current government is clean. Even the EU says so.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love Romania