The Italian region of Piedmont has contacted several car manufacturers, including BMW, to investigate their interest in acquiring troubled sports car maker De Tomaso, according to Reuters.

The statement was send out by the Italian trade union UIL Tuesday last week after a meeting between unions and regional officials discussing the situation.

The region informed us that it has initiated contacts with several automobile manufacturers, including BMW, to discuss the sale of the factory in order to re-start production.

A BMW spokesperson told Reuters that the German car maker has no interest in the De Tomaso brand or in its sites.

Former Fiat marketing executive, named Gian Mario Rossignolo, brought the brand De Tomaso back from the dead in 2011. Rossignolo purchased the brand in November 2009 and signed a deal with Pininfarina a month later to rent its Grugliasco plant near Turin.

The release of a four-wheel-drive SLS saloon concept followed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. It was designed on an aluminium chassis of Pininfarina origine and would be offered at launch with a choice of two petrol engines, a 300hp V6 and a 550hp V8. A diesel engine was also considered.

It is uncertain what will happen now with the brand and the intentions of Rossignolo. Stay tuned for more on the future of De Tomaso.

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