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News of  February 8, 2000


First Three Months of U.S. Production for DeTomaso Mangusta Sold Out in Less Than 30 Days
CHICAGO - Following its successful debut at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2000 DeTomaso Mangusta continues to generate excitement. In less than one month since its U.S. introduction, the 2000 DeTomaso Mangusta exceeded predicted sales expectations, with orders already accepted for the first three months of scheduled U.S. production of the Italian-built, Ford-powered sports car.


De Tomaso Mangusta

Photo: DeTomaso

"Reaction to our car has been terrific," says DeTomaso Automobiles Ltd. President and CEO Bruce Qvale. "The response is everything we hoped for and more. It validates our belief in the Mangusta, its design, quality, ride and handling, and our ability as a small-volume manufacturer to be successful in this market segment."

"Since the L.A. Auto Show concluded we've been astonishingly busy," says DeTomaso of Beverly Hills store manager John Madden. "In the first two weeks alone we scheduled more than 50 test drives from our Beverly Hills facility and it doesn't show any signs of letting up. We're very excited."

The Mangusta is an all-new, exotically styled, 2+2 front-engine, rear-drive sports car featuring a unique three-position roof that converts the car from coupe to targa to roadster. With a top speed near 160 mph and 0-60 times in the low 5.0-second range, the Mangusta delivers reliable performance from its 4.6-liter, 32-valve, dohc Ford V8, plus innovation and exclusivity in a package that evokes the best of Italian style and design.

Hand-built at the Qvale Modena factory in northern Italy, the Mangusta offers a unique and sporty alternative, while delivering performance, handling, and the reliability of a proven powertrain. Totally equipped (including a full leather interior and a Nakamichi(R) in-dash 6-CD sound system as standard), the Mangusta retails for $78,900 U.S.

Global sales of 400 vehicles are predicted for 2000, increasing to 600 worldwide in 2001, with approximately 60 percent of total production slated for the North American market. The 2000 DeTomaso Mangusta will be displayed at the Chicago Auto Show beginning February 11, 2000.

(Feb. 7, 2000)


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