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9De Tomaso down for the count

Exotic automakers from Italy come and go, and some are missed more than others. But while names like Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini have remained constant throughout, others have risen and fallen. Bugatti was one such example – revived temporarily by Italian investors before Volkswagen stepped in to bring it back to Alsace – but another is De Tomaso.

12Porsche acquires Nardo high-speed test track

If Porsche wants to test out a new vehicle at speed – and you can usually bet that at any given time Porsche will be testing a new vehicle at speed – it's got miles and miles of Autobahn at which to do it. Not enough? There's the Nürburgring and all of its myriad turns and changes in surface. It's also got its own facilities at Weissach at its disposal. But considering the quantity (and, for fans of the company's products, quality) of Porsche's vehicles, even that's not enough.

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