The innovative new De Tomaso Deauville – last shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 – is off to China, after a protracted fight by its maker to keep the project on track in Italy. The car, which is an interesting high-bodied fastback designed for versatility, was mooted for an annual production run of 8000 – and, guess what, it never reached production.
AROnline readers will no doubt remember the original De Tomaso Deauville, the 1970 Jaguar XJ-esque saloon powered by a Ford V8 engine and that, at the time, most commentators wondered why British Leyland didn’t sue Alejandro De Tomaso for plagiarism. This time around, the US-powered fastback saloon is modelled on the BMW 5 Series GT, but looks rather more successful than the original. And could well be just the ticket for China’s affluent classes.
The result of De Tomaso’s financial woes are that Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC) has licensed production of the Deauville for a €15 million fee. According to the Cars UK website, there is no word yet on when the Chinese will get round to building the Deauville, and whether or not it’s destined to be a China-only car or will be exported to the West.
We’re hoping that the injection of Chinese cash will help De Tomaso’s boss, Gian Mario Rossignolo, continue development of the upcoming Pantera, and keep the company alive – but, going on past form, we’ll not hold our breath.
[Source: Cars UK]
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