Maserati launches at Frankfurt (new small car announced)

Discussion in 'Maserati' started by TeamF1Jr, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. TeamF1Jr

    TeamF1Jr Formula 3

    Nov 8, 2003
    Lake Mead
    Since the 90th Anniversary cars where limited, they gave us a GranSport convertible now. Also I'm not sure if I like the new 20" rims on the Quattroporte Sport GT, nevertheless the Quattroporte in general is a modern classic so you can't screw it up too much.

    I'm looking for a link but I heard Maser head Kaufball announced a new small Maserati car at a lower price point.

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  3. Kewpie

    Kewpie Formula Junior

    Jun 7, 2004
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    ? can't find that announcement..
  4. italiancars

    italiancars F1 Rookie

    Apr 18, 2004
    Hershey, PA
    Reuters / September 13, 2005

    FRANKFURT -- Fiat's sportscar unit Maserati plans to introduce a new, smaller model to widen its appeal and boost sales, brand manager Karl Heinz Kalbfell said on Tuesday.

    Maserati sales have risen strongly over the last two years thanks to the new Quattroporte, which was used as a springboard to take the Italian marque back to the United States. Kalbfell said other launches were in the works.

    "We are going a little bit into a smaller segment to sell more cars lower down. But they will still be very high class," Kalbfell told Reuters at the Frankfurt auto show.

    He added that the new model would sell for about 10-15,000 euros less than Maserati's current line-up which starts at around 90,000 euros ($110,500).

    Kalbfell, who coordinated the BMW team that relaunched the Mini, declined to give details of the size of the new Maserati or name its direct competitors.

    Fiat poached Kalbfell from Rolls Royce earlier this year to head up Maserati and its other sports brand Alfa Romeo, which plans two new models and four facelifts in the next three years.

    Fiat Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said its top-of-the-line Ferrari brand would sell more than 5,000 units this year and post a "very important profit".

    Last year, Ferrari sold 4,975 units. Together with Maserati, Ferrari posted an operating profit of 6 million euros, down from 32 million a year earlier despite a 20 percent rise in turnover.

    "People say Ferrari is losing but I say we're not. We're earning money, not losing it," Montezemolo told reporters, in reference to Ferrari's losing streak on the Formula One circuit.

    Montezemolo also reiterated that Fiat would not sell its 56 percent stake in Ferrari in any future initial public offering.

    Fiat sold 34 percent of the bright-red brand to merchant bank Mediobanca in 2002 to help raise cash to pull it through its worst ever financial crisis without having to rely on volatile stock markets for a listing.

    Mediobanca has sold some of its stake while another 10 percent of Ferrari is owned by the carmaker's founding family.

    "We will not touch our 56 percent stake. Maybe Mediobanca could discuss listing its stake but there's no way we'll put ours on the market," Montezemolo said.

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