|"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
"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)