Mahindra-Pininfarina Deal Rejected By Creditors

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
mahindra pininfarina deal rejected by creditors

Mahindra’s attempt to buy Italian design firm Pininfarina collapsed over the weekend due to opposition by the latter’s creditors.

According to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, three or four banks holding Pininfarina’s €87 million ($97 million USD) debt rejected a deal by the Indian company to buy the design house with the idea of writing off half of said debt, Reuters reports; Mahindra and Pininfarina had worked on SUVs and concepts in the past. Pininfarina will now seek a new debt restructuring agreement.

Had Mahindra’s deal been approved, the company would be the latest to acquire ownership of an Italian company in a series of foreign takeovers, such as ChemChina’s purchase of tire manufacturer Pirelli earlier this year, amid Italy sorting itself and its economy out.

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  • Dingram01 Dingram01 on Jun 30, 2015

    Darn. I was looking forward to saying "Mahininfarina" or "Pininfarindra".

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Jun 30, 2015

    Did Mahindra purchase the last gen Oldsmobile logo from the GM bankruptcy trust?

  • RideHeight RideHeight on Jun 30, 2015

    Is this Mahindra's pig snout a result of gaming the light truck classification like the UDSM Lexus NX and they plan to sell it here? Or is it that ugly even in countries where it needn't be?

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 01, 2015

    Between the completely superfluous rear wheel arch, the hideous bottle opener door handles, and the fake plastic diamond panel fill at the front, I can almost feel my breakfast coming back up. And I don't eat breakfast.