Mexican-built Mastretta MXT a success despite Top Gear slagging

Mexican-built Mastretta MXT a success despite Top Gear slagging

The 2011 Mastretta MXT, Mexico’s very own sports car is increasing production despite the controversial slagging it took on the Top Gear TV show.

Mastretta is being the opposite of lazy and will produce 100 vehicles by the end of the year, with predictions of double that amount in 2012. The first production MXT will be delivered to its new owner by the end of July.

After Clarkson, May and Hammond ripped apart Mexican cars and cuisine it would have been easy for company co-founder Daniel Mastretta to try and get even. But the culturally insensitive comments on the popular show helped publicize the MXT and also led the company to make improvements to the model. This has meant more cars need to be produced and has helped Mastretta become a recognised carmaker.

The MXT rolls on an aluminum chassis and comes packing a turbocharged Ford Duratec four-cylinder and MTX transaxle, but like Lotus proved with its Elise, even a modest powered car with a light weight can prove an exciting performer.

Mastretta is retaining 30 percent of its Mexican factory output for the domestic Mexican market, with the remainder of the coupes heading abroad.

Expect to hear more about the Mastretta MXT in the future.

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