2014 Maserati Ghibli is a IIHS 2013 Top Safety Pick

Article by Anita Panait, on November 29, 2013

The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is now a 2013 Top Safety Pick for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The Ghibli is powered by a 404hp twin-turbo V6 from Ferrari paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This four-door sedan is available in either rear or Q4 all-wheel-drive. The Ghibli, featuring coupé-like looks, is touted to be 'The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary' in the mid-size segment – as it effortlessly merges performance, style and luxury.

The accolade from the IIHS further boosts the pedigree of the Ghibli as a thoroughbred driving unit. A 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick also further boosts the Ghibli's badge as a 'top pick' among sport sedan buyers.

IIHS Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side collision with a large sports utility vehicle or pickup truck; front moderate overlap impact; roof-crush consistent with a rollover; and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. In each test, the Ghibli scored "good," the highest-possible rating. Likewise, Maserati covers all the customer care benchmarks: a four-year/ 50,000 mile warranty; road-side assistance; and loaner car service.

The 2014 Maserati Ghibli has started deliveries through the brand’s expanding retail networks across North America, ushering in a new period of accessibility for this legendary Italian brand all the while maintaining its iconic pedigree. The deliveries started in 2013 with the 2014 Ghibli starting with a price of $65,600. The Ghibli has a twin-turbo V6 engine capable of reaching 404 horsepower and partnered with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

It is available in either rear-wheel drive of Q4 all-wheel drive. With its coupe-like appearance, the 4-door Ghibli truly embodies its claim of being “The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary” especially in the mid-size segment by expressing the hallmark luxury, style, and performance of the brand with little or no effort. The youthful yet sporty character, an inspired design, and the use of premium materials are what differentiate the 2014 Ghibli as a pedigree that consumers expect to drive every single day.

Peter Grady, President and Chief Executive Officer of Maserati North America, Inc., said that the 2014 Maserati Ghibli signifies “a break from the ordinary in the mid-size sedan segment.” Drivers of luxury sport sedans will now be able to enjoy the performance and style that is expected from the Maserati brand and the added assurance of being the 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick, Grady adds.

The Ghibli provides improved occupant protection since it comes equipped with a 7-airbag system. The front portion of the sedan has two airbags placed inside the dashboard and steering wheel thereby concealing them from occupants.

These allow protection of the face, head and chest in the event of a severe frontal accident. There is also a knee airbag that can protect the legs of the driver and reduce the femur load in some crash situations. The hip and chest area of the front occupants are protected further with side airbags under the seat leather.

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Maserati Ghibli Sedan Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety today named the all-new 2014 Maserati Ghibli a 2013 Top Safety Pick.

Heralding a new era of accessibility for the legendary Italian brand while maintaining the iconic Maserati pedigree, the highly anticipated Ghibli starting at just $65,600, has just begun deliveries to the vastly expanding Maserati retail network across North America.

The Ghibli features a twin-turbo V6 produced by Ferrari with up to 404 HP, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and is available in either rear or Q4 all-wheel-drive. This four-door sedan with a coupe-like appearance embodies 'The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary' in the mid-size segment, effortlessly expressing performance, style and luxury which are the hallmarks of a Maserati. A sporty, youthful character, inspired design and premium materials differentiate the Ghibli as a thoroughbred one looks forward to driving every day.

Now the assurance of a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick further underlines the Ghibli's authority as a 'top pick' for sport sedan buyers.

IIHS Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, front moderate overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. In each, the Ghibli recorded the highest-possible rating of "good."

And, Maserati covers all the customer care benchmarks expected of a luxury manufacturer: a four year/ 50,000 mile warranty, road-side assistance, loaner car service and more.

The New Ghibli is equipped with a seven-airbag system to help provide occupant protection. At the front, two-stage airbags are concealed from the occupants inside the steering wheel and dashboard to help protect the head, face and chest in severe frontal accidents while a knee airbag helps protect the driver's legs and reduces the femur load in certain crash situations. The chest and hips of the front occupants are further protected by the side airbags beneath the seat leather.

The sides of the occupants' heads are further protected by two head "curtain" bags mounted in the roof of the car, next to the B-pillar. The "curtain" bags help protect the heads of the front and rear occupants against side impact.

The new Ghibli's passive safety equipment has been designed to help achieve both maximum peace of mind for its occupants and to achieve five stars on the Euro NCAP crash test regime and IIHS, all without compromising its weight or fuel consumption.

Maserati has balanced these conflicting demands by using hot-formed steel in critical areas of the passenger compartment for added occupant safety, while using aluminum in other areas to save weight. In particular, the front of the passenger compartment features hot-molded steel components, with a magnesium dashboard strut to reduce weight, while the rear is stiffened with high strength steel.

The crumple zone areas at the front and rear of the car are made of extruded aluminum, while the doors, engine compartment and luggage compartment are in aluminum. Maserati's engineers added a third load path to the front structure of the car to help dissipate load and distribute the forces on the car to help the stability of the body structure in frontal impacts.

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