• Jul 14th 2009 at 6:30PM
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You could say that Fiat's on a bit of a spending spree lately. While everyone else is struggling to trim expenditures and sell off divisions, Fiat's been buying them up. So after moving in at Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and making offers for GM's European and Latin American operations – including Opel and Vauxhall – it should come as no surprise that the Italian automaker is at it again, this time placing a non-binding offer to acquire Carrozzeria Bertone.

The offer is one of five currently being entertained by Italy's oldest coachbuilder and the courts administering its bankruptcy. Among other bidders reported are Domenico Reviglio (the Gruppo Prototipo chief who was slated to buy the company last year), former Lancia CEO Gianmario Rossignolo, Chinese automaker FAW and an additional unspecified Spanish concern. It is also not the first time Fiat considered rescuing Bertone after a previous attempt failed over two years ago.

Although the reports remain somewhat ambiguous, it appears that the unit in question is only the contract manufacturing division Carrozzeria Bertone SpA, a separate unit from the Stile Bertone design house under the Gruppo Bertone umbrella.

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[Source: Automotive News Europe – Sub. Req.]

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      Both trucks are car qualify for the Cash For Clunkers but not the motorcycles.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The rear of the car looks like plastic wrap that's been pulled back and twisty tied.
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      Side view great.
      Front and rear, not so much.
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      I'd hit that!!
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      front looks like a duck, very ugly front
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      Agreed XGM! I am sick of seeing that damn URL in every topic on here.
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      just don't sell it to the chinese, kay?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the car is gorgeous front and back. wow.

      Fiat should be the ones to get the brand. It can be their lamborghini.
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      I like the rear end of the car, how it looks functional and aggressive. I'm also not sure about the front, but I guess with an American engine, there are some hints of a 'Sting-Ray' about it. Overall it's got a cool direction about it, looks fast and forceful!
      I wrote a small post just about the aesthetic design if you are interested, http://www.autocritical.com/blog/2009/06/2009-bertone-mantide-a-tidal-wave-of-man-power/
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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, that's rather fancy looking.
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