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Project Wami is a Maserati-inspired retro-roadster in development from Ares Design

Modena, Italy-based Ares Design is relatively a new company in the field of bespoke automotive design and modifications. But in the short time, Ares Design has demonstrated its capability of creating high-quality coach-built cars. Now, it is out to prove that once again, it can convert almost any vehicle into a bespoke creation through the new Project Wami.

Project Wami is Ares Design’s latest work, with the promise of becoming one of the most enticing roadsters ever made. However, there is yet no actual, final product at sight – the roadster has yet to exist. According to Ares Design, project is currently in its development stage. Nonetheless, based from the images released by the Italian tuning company, the Project Wami roadster looks gorgeous and holds a lot of promise.

Since there is actual car yet, the images of the Project Wami roadster released by Ares Design were just renderings. These are rendered images of how the final version of the Project Wami roadster would look like when it springs to life and take on the road.

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Maserati aims to build only EVs and hybrids starting 2019

The persistent trend in the automotive industry remains to be the shift to electric-powered models. While most brands are developing new products to achieving that end, customers and enthusiasts have been accustomed to hearing the word “delay” associated with Maserati.

All that is about to change with the recent announcement of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Maserati’s parent company, outlining its green program. None other than CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed during a conference call with investors that at least 50% of the corporation’s range will be electrified, in one way or another, by the year 2022.

CEO Marchionne, who intends to retire by 2019, declared that given the fate of diesel in the Europe market, the issue has become mandatory. He said further that there will be no choice but to implement some degree of electrification when it comes to gas engines.

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Leaked: Maserati 500 is a sporty Fiat 500

Looks like the Maserati Alfieri will be left in the dust, as another performance car will be unveiled by the Italian luxury vehicle automaker. The all-electric Maserati Alfieri concept was unveiled in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. The production version will have 3 V6 engine variants - the 410 hp (306 kW), a 450 bhp (336 kW) and 520 bhp (388kW). The 450 hp and 520 options will only be offered as an all-wheel drive system. A 2016 release was scheduled, but to the public's dismay, the release has been delayed to give way to the launch of the Maserati Levante. Sigh.

Previously, Aston Martin decided to venture to producing a 4 wheel-drive city car to hit the streets and it came up with a rebadged option of a Toyota/Scion IQ marketed as the Cygnet. Bearing the price tag of around £30,000, about as three times as much as the iQ, it had a 1.3L inline-four engine that produced 97 bhp (72kW; 98 PS) and emitted 110 g of CO2/km and fuel consumption of around 3.99L/100 Km.

But in September 2013, just after 2 years of production, Aston Martin representatives proclaimed that the Cygnet would be officially discontinued from the Aston Martin line-up due to its disastrously low sales with the automobile only reaching 150 unit sales in the UK (estimated to be 300 in total rather than its yearly target of 4,000). Ouch, that has got to hurt.

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No new sports cars from Maserati until 2020!

Bad news for fans and enthusiasts of Maserati sports cars! Soon the Bologna-based manufacturer of exclusive luxury vehicles will have no new sports cars in its product lineup as Maserati is moving to focus on other vehicles. This was recently revealed by Giulio Pastore, managing director of Maserati’s European division, to the CAR Magazine.

Maserati’s GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still being produced at the carmaker’s production facilities at its Viale Ciro Menotti headquarters in Modena, Italy. However, that won’t be for long. Production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio twins is bound to end sometime in 2017. This news would have been easier to take had there been replacement models for the GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2018, but sadly, there aren’t.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Maserati won’t be producing sports cars anymore. Pastore quipped that a new era of sports cars was on the drawing board, since Maserati can’t do without them. He indicated that a standalone coupe and convertible were being planned. Maserati’s next sports cars replacing the GranTurismo and GranCabrio are still expected to arrive in 2019, although it’s most likely to turn up in 2020.

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Maserati Quattroporte has enjoyed great success worldwide for the brand in the last three and a half years. Presently, the new Quattroporte’s design has undergone a radical overhaul but it still manages to stay true to its unmistakable Maserati heritage.

The revamped Maserati Quattroporte is set to enter the market in June 2016, and it remains to be a faithful representative of the long line of Italian sporting saloons. For this reason, it is being touted to continue the commercial success of the line that began back in 2013. To date, the original has sold 24,000 units in 72 countries.

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Read the entire article Maserati Quattroporte gets a facelift for the 2017MY

Back in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati introduced the Alfieri Concept, a vehicle that celebrated company’s 100th anniversary and said much about the design DNA of future Maseratis. Due to the positive feedback, the Italian manufacturer owned by Fiat decided to build the Alfieri Concept and officially announced in its 5-year business plan the production version will arrive in 2016.

During an interview with the global design for parent company, Fiat, Lorenzo Ramaciotti told PistonHeads that the final version of the vehicle will look just like the concept car. “It will be impossible to see the difference”, Ramaciotti said.

We already know that the Maserati Alfieri will be offered exclusively with a V6 engine. The entry-level version will deliver 350 hp, but don’t worry, because Maserati will also offer a version delivering 450 hp, while the most powerful version will offer 520 hp.

Read the entire article 2016 Maserati Alfieri will be identical to the concept version

Maserati made quite a buzz with the Alfieri Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and it appears that things are going to be very interesting for the Italian company owned by Fiat-Chrysler. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne the Alfieri platforms and engines are already available and technically, the production could start in 24-48 months!

"The only thing I can tell you is that it's a beautiful machine," added Marchionne. The official press release said that the Alfieri Concept was designed to show us the upcoming Maseratis.

We also expect the next Granturismo to take lots of styling cues from it. But still, Fiat design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti wanted to underline what Marchionne said. "We stuck close to reality with this concept," said Ramaciotti. "It's 85 to 90 percent feasible (that we will build it). There's a lead time of 24 months."

Read the entire article Maserati could begin production of the Alfieri coupe within two years

Maserati has just announced that the 2014 Ghibli will carry a price tag of $65,600 in the United States. The entry-level model is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 345 hp (257 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. With these numbers, the sedan zooms from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 266 km/h (165 mph).

The Ghibli S Q4 uses the same 3.0-liter V6 engine, but on this version it delivers 404 hp (301 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft). Using an AWD system, the Ghibli S  Q4 hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h).The new Maserati Ghibli received two prestigious and internationally renowned ratings for passive safety.

In Europe, the Ghibli was given a five star rating from Euro NCAP with a score of 86/100, driven by its on-board safety systems. The Ghibli scored 95% for adult protection; 79% for child protection; 74% for pedestrian protection; and 81% for safety and driver assistance systems.

Read the entire article 2014 Maserati Ghibli priced from $65,600 in the United States

Maserati has just released the first images with the all-new 2014 Ghibli four-door sports executive saloon. Set to make its debut later this month at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the all-new Ghibli promises to break a new ground for Maserati. Compared with the larger Quattroporte, the 2014 Ghibli will have a sportier character and will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Moreover, the Ghibli will be available with both rear-wheel drive and the new “Q4” all-wheel drive system. What is more interesting is that the new four-door sports executive saloon will be the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel.

Although not performance figures were released, Maserati says that the new car will be fast. Furthermore, it will also be the cheapest Maserati on the market. A more powerful is also expected to be introduced and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine. According to the Italian manufacturer, the engines were designed by the head of powertrain Paolo Martinelli.

Read the entire article 2014 Maserati Ghibli: first photos and specs released

Maserati is about to unveil its new saloon that plays a major part in boosting sales eight-fold to 50,000 units by 2015. This saloon is likely to go up against the new BMW M5. This new saloon is named Ghibli. It is slated to be revealed this April at the Shanghai Motor Show before it starts selling at the end of 2013.

But even if there are delays in development, it’s not likely to be unveiled at the Frankfurt show. The new Quattroporte and existing GranTurismo and GranCabrio models in Maserati’s lineup will be joined by the Ghibli.

Next year, Levante SUV (a potential top-seller in the future) will arrive. It’s possible that in 2015, it will get a new lightweight, high-performance sports car that’s based on the Alfa Romeo 4C. Maserati is hopeful that these launches will help accomplish its sales target of 50,000 units.

Read the entire article Maserati Ghibli will debut in April at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

Maserati has launched the GranTurismo Sport at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London. For its newest product, Maserati went all out and prepared an amazing show. The GranTurismo Sport was displayed together with the special edition Bulgari Octo Maserati watch. Maserati’s latest coupé – the new GranTurismo Sport – provides an elevated performance and some restyling that makes it elegant and sportier.

It is powered by a 4.7 litre V8 engine, which produces 460 hp and 520 Nm of torque, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds (while it’s 4.8 seconds for the MC Shift Auto version). There are two versions available.

The first is the MC Shift that features a 6 speed manual robotised gearbox with a transaxle layout while the other one is the MC Shift Auto, which comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox by ZF. The new model was introduced by Peter Denton, Head of Sales for Maserati GB. He presented the GranTurismo MC Shift in white (Bianco Eldorado) and the MC Shift Auto in the new Blu Sofisticato colour.

Read the entire article Maserati GranTurismo Sport makes its debut in the UK

It appears that Fiat wants to take things even further with its Maserati brand as the Italian carmaker wants a mid-engined sports car in order to take on the mighty Porsche 911. According to our Italian sources, it appears that the upcoming sports car will debut in 2015 and will feature a carbon chassis as well as a V8 engine.

Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati and Alfa Romeo has some ambitious plans and he seems committed to refresh the lineup. With a price of less than 150,000 the new Maserati will take on cars such as the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Audi R8, and will be the perfect fit for the market place left untouched by the more expensive Ferrari brand.

As we said, the car is expected to receive a V8 engine, more exactly a 4.7-liter V8, mated to a dual-clutch gearbox derived from Ferrari. The bad news is that the car is only an idea and will be proposed by Harald Wester at the board meeting.

Read the entire article Maserati CEO wants a mid-engined sports car to take on the Porsche 911 Turbo

Even Maserati has embraced the trend throughout the industry for luxury SUVs and now aims to produce ten times more vehicles by 2015. Fiat’s luxury sports car brand will be expanding its range to include an SUV and a new high-end sedan targeted at U.S. consumers. Maserati's plan to offer cars in higher volumes comes with Fiat's purchase of a majority stake in Chrysler.

Last Thursday, the company said that it hopes to sell 50,000 cars annually by 2015. At Maserati’s plant near Bologna in 2010, it had built just 5,675 cars. By 2014, Maserati expects the number of its dealers to double, according to marketing director Massimo Farao.

He said that U.S. is its main market while China is also a target. Maserati is expanding its product lineup in the U.S. to rival that of Mercedes. Apparently, Maserati aims to expand to markets bigger than its niche segment and to step away from its handcrafted origins.

Read the entire article Maserati to introduce three new models to boost annual production to 50,000 cars by 2015

Maserati introduces the all-new Master Italian Lifestyle Experience into its Master Maserati 2012 initiative run in association with Dorado, which is the International Driving Centre founded by former F1 driver Andrea de Adamich. This world-first, five-star "lifestyle" program integrates road and circuit driving with a tour of Florence, which is one of the most symbolic cities in Italy.

This one-of-a-kind event combines all the most emblematic features of the Made in Italy -- consisting of fashion, art, bespoke craftsmanship, luxury and most of all, racing performance. The newest Master Italian Lifestyle Experience will be held on May 29 and 30. It is a two-day event that allows participants to experience the best that Italy has to offer.

Activities included in this package are a road test in the Tuscan countryside and a day at the circuit. Participants can also enjoy a visit to the boutiques of Italian artisans and an exclusive sightseeing tour of Florence. The Master Maserati program provides a full array of all-exclusive experiences with the all-Italian elegance and style that had always characterized the activities of Maserati.

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The Geneva Motor Show was the place where Maserati decided to launch the 2013 GranTurismo Sport, the model that replaces the GranTurismo S previously proposed in two versions, with automatic and robotised manual transmission. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine delivering 460 hp (338 kW) and 520 Nm of torque and mated to the electro actuated gearbox featuring MC Shift technology, the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo sport can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 300 km/h or 186 mph.

Using the automatic transmission and MC Auto Shift management software, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 298 km/h (185 mph).

Regarding the suspension, the Maserati GranTurismo Sport is fitted with the Sport Skyhook system, an evolution of the continuous damping control system capable to make the car even more reactive.

Read the entire article 2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport debuts in Blu Sofisticato

In celebration of the 150th year of Italian unification, Maserati is introducing the GranTurismo S Limited Edition at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show. The Granturismo S Limited Edition has an exclusive limited edition of 12 cars meant for the Italian market. It comes with unique trim levels and contents. An exclusive matt Sebring Blue paint is used on the exterior that emphasizes its elegant lines but also highlights its sportiness.

To put the focus on these features, Maserati used carbon on the front spoilers, side mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler.

The brake calipers use hand-polished aluminum and featured alongside a set of 20-inch rims. Its side skirts have a matt black paint, complementing the headlights, to make the car appear more aggressive.

Read the entire article 2011 Bologna Motor Show Preview: Maserati GranTurismo S Limited Edition

Maserati GB introduces to the market its new Sport Pack for GranTurismo S Automatic, which is the company’s bestselling model in the UK. The pack further improves the GranTurismo S Automatic to provide a performance-oriented experience while keeping the convenience and ease of the ZF automatic transmission.

In addition, it features the super-fast MC Auto Shift software as well as a revised exhaust system which keeps its bypass valves fully open in Sport mode in order to give out an even richer sound.

It also boasts of a wide range of sports styling features including black look headlights, black mesh side grilles, a stylish black grille which features the Maserati Trident logo with red accents, and body colored side skirts and front winglets.

Read the entire article 2011 Maserati GranTurismo S Automatic gets new new Sport Pack

Maserati will soon produce a midsize sport luxury sedan to compete with BMW 5-Series/M5, Mercedes-Benz CLS/AMG, Jaguar XF/XFR, and Cadillac CTS/CTS-V. This car will be of smaller dimensions than the Quattroporte, which is expected to continue.

This sedan is slated to start selling around 2014 and will likely be a '15 model in the US. This model is included in the product plan but there's no frozen design and it's likely that running prototypes would arrive years from now.

Maserati has a goal of becoming a "relevant player" within the luxury segments that it has chosen and it believes that offering this new model will allow it to reinforce dealer coverage and brand visibility.

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In 2013, Maserati's lineup will be expanded further with the addition of a sedan that's smaller than its Quattroporte flagship. It can be recalled that earlier this year, Maserati had introduced its first four-seat convertible. Maserati is relying on the new model to achieve its aim of hitting sales of 10,000 vehicles a year globally, the volume it requires to have consistent profits.

In 2009, sales of Maserati fell by 43% to 4,911. Profits also dropped by 85% to 11 million euros ($13.8 million) last year. With regards to a mid-sized sedan, Maserati said that it will add a sedan smaller than the Quattroporte in early 2013.

Initially, the car was planned to be an Alfa Romeo but it was switched to Maserati since the brand could demand a higher price and already has global distribution. Fiat S.p.A. is the owner of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. The new model is expected to be a scaled-down variant of the next Quattroporte and will maintain a front longitudinal engine and rear drive.

Read the entire article Maserati will expand its lineup further in 2013 with a small sedan to boost its sales

Maserati marque has come up with a winner this time and the engineers are ready to roll out their latest model GranTurismo MC Corse Concept.

The MC Corse Concept uses the same engine found on the GranTurismo S but due to a new fresh injection method and a new exhaust system located centrally instead of sides to further enhance the power it'scapable now to develop 450 hp.

Catalytic converters make the car meet up the emission norms. The enlarged track and a front splitter make it a more aerodynamically efficient car while the rear spoiler, apart from making it aerodynamic, gives it a sporty and hard look.

Read the entire article Maserati GranTurismo MC Corse Concept breaks cover