Firm confirms it is working on an entry-level model, priced from around £50,000
21 April 2010

Maserati has confirmed it is working on a new entry-level model that will be priced from around £50,000.

The car, revealed as part of Fiat's restructuring plans today, will "offer a new product package with specific contents in order to exploit Maserati DNA". The only other detail confirmed was that it would be priced at less than 55,000 euros (£47,815). No official details have been confirmed.

Maserati wants the car to give it a 10 per cent share in what it calls Europe's 'high-end E-segment'.

Also confirmed at the Maserati presentation was an all-new Quattroporte. The firm wants the car to give it a larger share in the luxury sports saloon market and it is described as having a "completely new style, offering outstanding driving emotions and high-level quality".

The firm revealed no long-term plans to replace either the Granturismo or the Grancabrio because both are still relatively new models.

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21 April 2010

Makes sense for them to have a smaller Berlina to sit underneath the Quattroporte, to compete with the Jaguar XF, Audi A6, BMW 5 and Mercedes E-class. Would also be handy to platform-share with an Alfa Romeo 166 replacement...

21 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Maserati has confirmed it is working on a new entry-level model that will be priced from around £50,000.

The car, revealed as part of Fiat's restructuring plans today, will "offer a new product package with specific contents in order to exploit Maserati DNA". The only other detail confirmed was that it would be priced at less than 55,000 euros (£47,815). No official details have been confirmed.

Maserati wants the car to give it a 10 per cent share in what it calls Europe's 'high-en...Read the full article[/quote]

Yeah, but who's gonna buy one? A Jag XK is a million miles prettier than the wallowy, lardy GranCoupé (what a bloody stupid name! They should have revived the Khamsin name or something similar from their past). The Quattroporte name is just as bad. Like Alfa Romeo, they've got a long way to go before they're properly competitive, and they're going to die anyway when FIAT/Chrysler collapses, as inevitably it will.

21 April 2010

Maybe a cheaper sports car will help them make inroads into the Corvette end of the market and launch a direct competitor to it - like a halo sports car for Dodge and an entry level Maser for other markets

21 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]the wallowy, lardy GranCoupé [/quote] ]

It's GranTurismo. Have you driven one?

21 April 2010

They have this all wrong, all they need to do is stick a mazza grill on a small Toyota.... simples.

21 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Yeah, but who's gonna buy one? A Jag XK is a million miles prettier than the wallowy, lardy GranCoupé (what a bloody stupid name! They should have revived the Khamsin name or something similar from their past). The Quattroporte name is just as bad. Like Alfa Romeo, they've got a long way to go before they're properly competitive, and they're going to die anyway when FIAT/Chrysler collapses, as inevitably it will[/quote]

Yes, let,s hope they die anyway, then we might hear less of your cr*p

21 April 2010

[quote FriendlyFisherman]They have this all wrong, all they need to do is stick a mazza grill on a small Toyota[/quote]

Well, they are doing custom Mitos (think they're called "Alfa Romeo Mito by Maserati" or some such thing) as courtesy cars for their dealers. And they look an awful lot better than the Aston iQ.

21 April 2010

lol ,Maserati are back under the wing of Fiat rather than Ferrari now I think, so be careful what you say! don't want to end up with a maser grille on a MiTo :p

Lucky I still have edit function, didnt realise that they'd already worked on MiTo's , but I guess if it helps keep them in profit..rather that and have Maserati survive I guess

21 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Yeah, but who's gonna buy one? A Jag XK is a million miles prettier than the wallowy, lardy GranCoupé (what a bloody stupid name! They should have revived the Khamsin name or something similar from their past). The Quattroporte name is just as bad. Like Alfa Romeo, they've got a long way to go before they're properly competitive, and they're going to die anyway when FIAT/Chrysler collapses, as inevitably it will.[/quote]

There is world, nay even a car market, outside the UK. And as for the name Quattroporte, it sounds just as bad, or good, as XK, XJ or XF. In short, it's not good, it's not bad, it is.

Tell me, why did Jaguar feel the need to revive the XK name after the iconic XK120, 140, 150, SS and E? Did you know that the name Quattroporte predates the name XJ?

So young, so opinionated and yet so misguided. Nevertheless, I do hope you get a well-paid consultancy contract at the Fiat Group. The must be yearning for people with qualities like yours.

P.S. Beauty is the eye of the beholder. I happen to find the XK an unbalanced design and the GranCoupé a very beautiful design. Now, who is right, eh? Of course I'm not wearing any Union Jack coloured glasses, nor Tricolore coloured glasses for that matter.

21 April 2010

[quote pabs]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Yeah, but who's gonna buy one? A Jag XK is a million miles prettier than the wallowy, lardy GranCoupé (what a bloody stupid name! They should have revived the Khamsin name or something similar from their past). The Quattroporte name is just as bad. Like Alfa Romeo, they've got a long way to go before they're properly competitive, and they're going to die anyway when FIAT/Chrysler collapses, as inevitably it will[/quote]

Yes, let,s hope they die anyway, then we might hear less of your cr*p

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It's not crap - anyone with business acumen can see that this FIAT-Chrysler merger is doomed. There's simply too much expense and too much brand duplication involved - having a few active brands in the Chrysler group is one thing, but FIAT already has too many brands doing almost exactly the same thing, and adding the Chrysler group to that, and platform- and engine-sharing across the new conglomerate, will create a massive grouping with a reputation for dodgy quality like none other since British Leyland.

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