We all got a little excited when news emerged that De Tomaso was being reborn. After all, what could it hurt to have another storied Italian exotic automaker in the world, right? But then came the Deauville.

Though the Pininfarina-penned shape wasn't exactly hate-worthy, the emergence of a crossover to revive the De Tomaso marque was rather disappointing. The architect of the company's revival, veteran auto exec Gian Mario Rossignolo, promised more exciting products to come, but nearly a year later we've yet to see anything more.

This latest development could come as good news, then, even if it seems bad at first. Rossignolo has reportedly sold the rights to the Deauville's production to a Chinese company. Considering that it has, for the time being, been the only product De Tomaso has shown, that would seem to mean the entire house of cards has come crashing down. But, looking at it another way, Rossignolo and company have just managed to raise some 12 million euros (over $15 million) to (hopefully) finance the production of the Pantera, all the while offloading the burden of the lackluster Deauville at the same time.


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      T0pgear
      • 3 Years Ago
      A7 meets Regal tail, Chrysler 200 meets Evos Concept nose?
      Patrick Lea Reedy
      • 3 Years Ago
      ford taurus?
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the Deauville based on the Cadillac SRX? Did they sell only the body design? GM won't allow its platform to be shared with a Chinese competitor since I'm pretty sure they market the SRX there.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Cyx
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a Chinese I would not accept this car if I was a customer.
        styxmiko
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cyx
        so you are specifying that you are chinese because you want to tell us that even though you are chinese you don't like this car??? Or do you think that we give a $hit that you are a chinese, or what??? WHO CARES IF YOU ARE CHINEZE OR MONGOLEZE?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @styxmiko
          Dude, settle down. Holy crap. Did someone steal your lunch money or something? Jesus. This is the 2nd comment in this article where you've personally insulted someone because they posted their opinion on this car. If they don't like this car, let them. It's their opinion. Nothing you do is going to change their opinion. Not everybody has the same opinion as you, so stop pushing your opinion on others.
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not even the best designer's in the world can disguise that characteristic ugly Sebringness. Amazingly repulsive proportions.
        styxmiko
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        actually moron, the Sebring is one of the MOST proportionate cars. You want so UGLY that you vomit, look at the honda crosstour, at the BMW x6 at the cube, juke soul etc. Only an idiot w/o any sense of what design and industrial design means can say such a superficial statement. On thing is for sure, this car was not designed for the proletarian masses which you are obviously a part of
        artandcolour2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        this car has nothing to do with Chrysler or Fiat. There is no part of a Sebring in it.
      Seth Carroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      is it just me or does that thing look like a sebring farted on a regal and then had sex witha crosstour
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect match! It looks like something that the Chinese would produce.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Nope, it doesn't. Chinese produce cars that look like other cars in the world. This looks like nothing.
      muppethead
      • 3 Years Ago
      What happened? You couldn't get a good shot of the tail? Seems like you got everything but a full on shot of the back
      • 3 Years Ago
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      HarryD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whatever it takes to get the Pantera to market!!!!!!!!!
      Henry Wertz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do exotic car makers (even as non-exotic as Saab) think people want an exotic crossover? They would have known better to not make an exotic station wagon. Glad they are raising some cash from this design to design a proper vehicle.
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