• May 17th 2010 at 1:33PM
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Between the Fiat 500 and the Alfa MiTo (to say nothing of the Lancia Ypsilon), Italy's got plenty of Mini rivals on the road. But it could gain another, if emerging reports prove accurate in the long run.

The rumors center around the revived De Tomaso. The dormant sportscar marque was recently acquired by one Gianmario Rossignolo, a former chief executive of Lancia who was previously linked to a take-over of Bertone. Rossignolo has some ambitious plans in place for his new company, acquiring a former Pininfarina factory in the Piedmont region of Italy, where he reportedly plans on building a line of sportscars, luxury sedans and sport-utes. Now reports suggest a premium hatchback to rival the Mini could be in the cards as well.

Any truth to it? Too soon to tell, but Rossignolo's De Tomaso is expected to debut something new in Geneva next year, so if we sit tight, we just might find out.

[Source: OmniAuto.it]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      No, bring back the Pantera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't they have to be a viable company first?

      Does DeTomaso still sell anything? They sold their ford-engined targa-top Mangusta revival to Qvale, who in-turn sold it to MG who turned it into a fixed-roof coupe, which then rolled to the chinese, and the X-power coupe was gone.

      What business footprint does DeTomaso have to market and sell a car, even if they do plan one?

      I'll believe it when I see a concept that is ready and road-going. Best of luck, but let's walk before we run, shall we?
      • 5 Years Ago
      dooo it... i'd forgotten about the brand until a yellow Guarà passed this weekend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A new Innocenti Mini (aka Inni Mini) would be awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully they've hired a better designer than the ones who penned that homely Mangusta, or they won't fare well against the competition even if the manage to bring something to market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Charade Detomaso Revival!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      DO IT!