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Aculeus “China Supercar”

Aculeus “China Supercar”
Beijing Auto Show pledged “estalase” for China’s producers. The models that appear to invite more people to comment that the designers and engineers of China made plagiarism. One of them is a supercar concept that was displayed by CH Beijing Auto origin.

According to China Car Times, the previous CH Auto has come up with this car in 2008 in the same arena with a Scorpio. Therefore, a glimpse of this car like the Ferrari 599 GTO-scorpion logo. This year, the car comes back with a better design and its name was changed to “Aculeus”.

Meanwhile, some automotive journalists from the United States has a different assessment. This car does look sexy, but it is considered as a cheap replica.

From the front, combining face Aculeus assessed Ferrari 599 GTO, BMW Z4, and Aston Martin. Nevertheless, the shape of the rear similar to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Car design is a combination of a long nose and short deck. Same size with Maserati Gran Turismo and the BMW Z4.

Although the concept, CH Auto has equipped this supercar with a capacity of 4.8 liter V8 engine from the BMW-powered 367 PS, 490 Nm of torque, and weighs 1600 kg. This car was claimed to be able dikebut 0-100 km / h in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 270 km / hr.

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Fernando Alonso Choose Maserati

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Fernando Alonso Choose Maserati
Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso from Spain currently has strengthened the team’s Ferrari. But that was only applicable in the circuit alone.

Because if the ordinary streets, Alonso was more choose to use artificial Maserati cars, not a sports car made by Ferrari which he now reinforces the F1 arena.

As reported by motorauthority, Tuesday (23/3/2010), Alonso selected Maserati is an ultra-stylish car Maserati GranTurismo Convertible 2010, which costs about U.S. $ 135,800.

A beautiful car universal Alonso was chosen because it looks exotic with a convertible top. To the outside or exterior Alonso chose gray.

While at the cabin, he combines two layers of skin that is soft colors and Bordeaux Pearl Beige covering almost every part of his brand-new Maserati interiors, ranging from the dashboard, door trim to the steering wheel.

However, although not of Ferrari, the engine is embedded in the bonnet Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Alonso proved property is still owned by the Horse Jingkrak.

For Maserati GranTurismo convertible is reinforced by a V8 engine Ferrari’s 4.7-liter is capable of spitting out power to 433 horsepower.

This week in brief

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Here are the most important news of the week: 2009 Audi R8 LMS 2009 Mini Cooper Cabrio Nissan GT-R LM – new rendering Porsche Carrera GT by 9ff 2010 Audi A5/S5 Convertible 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco Study R 2009 Maserati MC Sport Line Porsche Panamera by 9ff
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Maserati GranTurismo by Elite Carbon

Posted on 12.3.2008 17:00
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Maserati | car tuning | Maserati GranTurismoThe Maserati GranTurismo is more elegant than aggressive. The engine may sound like it could blow the doors off the competition, but the smooth bodywork looks like it would rather caress other's doors off. Now customizer Elite Carbon seems to trying to change come of that with their kit for Maserati's GT. The body kit itself features a new front bumper with a clear-painted exposed carbon lip and brake intake surrounds. The kit also has new side skirts with an exposed carbon-fiber lip, new (…)Permalink | Comments

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Maserati considering GT3 RS competitor?

Posted on 11.12.2008 17:30
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Maserati | sports cars | future carsWe first saw the Maserati's GranTurismo MC Corse Concept last month at the Paris Auto Show. Now, according to Evo Magazine, this could be the preview version of a future Porsche GT3 RS competitor. An official announce regarding if we will see it happen will be made in December at the Bologna motor show. Evo reports that depending on how the GranTurismo and GranTurismo S will be sold, the MC Corse could also become a reality, targeting models like Porsche GT3 RS. The Concept is (…)
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Chrysler Models

Current Chrysler Lineup
The current Chrysler lineup consists of:

PT Cruiser (2001-2009)
Sebring (1995-present)
Sebring Convertible (1996-present)
300 (2005-present)

Town & Country (1990-present)
Pacifica (2004-2008)
Aspen (2007-2009)
Crossfire (2004-2008)

Past models
Past Chrysler models sold in the United States*:

300 letter series (1955-1965)
300M (1999-2004)
300 (1962-1971; 1979)
Airflow (1934-1937)
Chrysler Airstream (1935-1936)
Cirrus (1995-2000)
Concorde (1993-2004)
Conquest (1987-1989)
Cordoba (1975-1983)
Fifth Avenue (1983-1993)

Imperial (1926-1954; 1981-1983; 1990-1993)
Laser (1984-1986)
LeBaron (1977-1995)
LHS (1994-1997; 1999-2001)
Newport (1940-1941; 1949-1950; 1961-1981)
New Yorker (1939-1996)
Prowler (2001-2002)
Royal (1937-1942; 1946-1950)
TC by Maserati (1989-1991)
Town & Country (1941-1988)

Voyager (2000-2003)
Windsor (1940-1961)

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Porsche Competitors

Competitors

In racing, Porsche’s main rival has traditionally been Ferrari, though their production vehicles appeal to quite different personalities, if similar demographics. The rivalry is therefore primarily because of both companies’ storied racing heritage and the fact that some of their vehicles are of comparable performance. Porsche has a reputation for offering equal or higher performing cars than the more expensive Ferrari models, while overall Ferrari sells far fewer cars at much higher prices (for example, there are no Ferraris under US $100,000, while several Porsches are priced below that figure).

In the daily-driver marketplace, Porsche’s traditional rivals are its fellow German automakers Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW (the Boxster competes directly with the BMW Z4 and the Mercedes-Benz SLK, for instance), as well as Lotus, Jaguar, Maserati and the Chevrolet Corvette, while high-end Porsche models compete against firms such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Pagani.it’s a fast car

List of Maserati vehicles

List of Maserati vehicles
Road Vehicles

Model
First Year
Last Year
Distribution
Engine
Displacement
cc
Power
hp (kW)
Notes

A6
1946
1950
international
I6
1489
65 (48)
1 or 3 Carburettors

A6G
1951
1953
international
I6
1954
100 (74)
1 or 3 Carburettors

A6G54
1954
1956
international
I6
1986
150 (110)
Carburettor

A6G54 (’56)
1956
1957
international
I6
1986
160 (118)
Carburettor, Twin Ignition

3500 GT Touring
1957
1962
international
I6
3485
220/230 (164/171)
Carburettor

3500 GT Spyder Vignale
1959
1962
international
I6
3485
220/230 (164/171)
Carburettor

5000 GT
1959
1961
international
V8
4941
340 (250)
Carburettor

5000 GT (’61)
1961
1964
international
V8
4941
330 (243)
Fuel Injection

3500 GTI
1962
1964
international
I6
3485
235 (173)
Fuel Injection

3500 GTI Spyder
1962
1964
international
I6
3485
235 (173)
Fuel Injection

Mistral 3500
1963
1965
international
I6
3485
235 (173)
Fuel Injection

Quattroporte
1963
1966
international
V8
4136
260 (191)
Carburettor

3500 GTI Spyder Frua
1964
1965
international
I6
3485
235 (173)
aka Mistral Spyder 3500

Mistral 3700
1965
1970
international
I6
3692
245 (180)
Fuel Injection

Mistral 3700 Spyder
1965
1970
international
I6
3692
245 (180)
Fuel Injection

Mistral 4000
1965
1970
international
I6
4000
255 (188)
Fuel Injection

Mistral 4000 Spyder
1965
1970
international
I6
4000
255 (188)
Fuel Injection

Sebring 3700
1965
1969
international
I6
3692
245 (180)
Fuel Injection

Sebring 4000
1965
1969
international
I6
4000
255 (188)
Fuel Injection

Mexico 4200
1966
1969
international
V8
4136
260 (191)
Carburettor

Quattroporte (’66)
1966
1970
international
V8
4719
290 (213)
Carburettor

Ghibli
1969
1970
international
V8
4719
310 (228)
Carburettor

Ghibli Spyder
1969
1970
international
V8
4719
310 (228)
Carburettor

Mexico 4700
1969
1972
international
V8
4719
310 (228)
Carburettor

Ghibli SS
1970
1973
international
V8
4930
335 (246)
Carburettor

Ghibli SS Spyder
1970
1973
international
V8
4930
335 (246)
Carburettor

Indy Europa 4200
1970
1971
international
V8
4136
260 (191)
Carburettor

Indy Europa 4700
1971
1973
international
V8
4719
290 (213)
Carburettor

Khamsin 4700
1972
?
international
V8
4719
290 (213)
Carburettor

Khamsin 4900
1972
1979
international
V8
4930
320 (235)
Carburettor

Bora 4.7
1973
1974
international
V8
4719
310 (228)
Carburettor

Indy 4900
1973
1975
international
V8
4930
320 (235)
Carburettor

Merak
1973
1975
international
V6
2965
190 (140)
Carburettor

Bora 4.9 (US)
1974
1980
USA only
V8
4930
300 (221)
Carburettor

Quattroporte II
1974
1974
pre-production (6)
V6
2965
190 (140)
Carburettor

Bora 4.9
1975
1980
international
V8
4930
330 (243)
Carburettor

Merak SS
1975
1978
international
V6
2965
220 (162)
Carburettor

Quattroporte II (’75)
1975
1978
Limited serie (7)
V6
3200
200 (147)
Carburettor

4porte (Quattroporte III)
1976
1981
international
V8
4136
255 (188)
Carburettor

Kyalami 4200
1976
1978
international
V8
4136
265/253 (197/188)
Carburettor

Merak 2000 GT
1976
1983
Italy
V6
1999
170/159 (126/118)
Carburettor

Kyalami 4900
1978
1983
international
V8
4930
280 (206)
Carburettor

Khamsin (’79)
1979
1982
international
V8
4930
280 (206)
Carburettor

Merak SS (’79)
1979
1983
international
V6
2965
208 (153)
Carburettor

Quattroporte III (’81)
1981
1985
international
V8
4930
282 (207)
Carburettor

Biturbo
1981
1985
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
180 (132)
Carburettor

425
1983
1989
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
200 (147)
Carburettor

Biturbo E
1983
1985
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
185 (136)
Carburettor

Biturbo S
1983
1985
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
205 (151)
Carburettor

Biturbo S (2.5)
1984
1987
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
196 (144)
Carburettor, Catalyst

Spyder (Zagato)
1984
1988
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
180 (132)
Carburettor

Spyder (2.5)
1984
1988
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
192 (141)
Carburettor, Catalyst

420
1985
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
180 (132)
Carburettor

Biturbo (II)
1985
1987
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
180 (132)
Carburettor

Biturbo E (II 2.5)
1985
1988
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
185 (136)
Carburettor, Catalyst

Biturbo S (II)
1985
1986
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
210 (154)
Carburettor

228 (228i)
1986
1992
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
250 (184)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

228 (228i) Kat
1986
1992
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

420i
1986
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
190 (140)
Fuel Injection (Cat?)

420 S
1986
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
210 (154)
Carburettor, no Cat

Biturbo i
1986
1990
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
185 (136)
Fuel Injection (Cat?)

Quattroporte Royale (III)
1986
1990
international
V8
4930
300 (221)
Fuel Injection, not Cat

Spyder i
1986
1987
international
V6 Biturbo
1996
185 (136)
Fuel Injection, (Cat?)

430
1987
1990
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

425i
1987
1990
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
188 (138)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Biturbo Si
1987
1988
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
220 (162)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

Biturbo Si (2.5)
1987
1988
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
188 (138)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Spyder i (’87)
1987
1988
international
V6 Biturbo
1996
195 (143)
Fuel Injection (Cat?)

222
1988
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
220 (162)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

422
1988
1990
Italien
V6 Biturbo
1996
220 (162)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

2.24V
1988
1992
Italy (probably)
V6 Biturbo
1996
245 (180)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

222 4v
1988
1991
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
279 (205)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

222 E
1988
1990
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Karif
1988
1993
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
285 (210)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

Karif (kat)
1988
1993
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
248 (182)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Karif (kat II)
1988
1993
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Spyder i (2.5)
1988
1989
international
V6 Biturbo
2491
188 (138)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Spyder i (2.8)
1989
?
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
250 (184)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

Spyder i (2.8, kat)
1989
?
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Spyder i (’90)
1989
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
220 (162)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

222 SE
1990
1991
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
250 (184)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

222 SE (kat)
1990
1991
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

4.18v
1990
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1995
220 (162)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

4.24v
1990
1992
Italy (probably)
V6 Biturbo
1996
245 (180)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

Shamal
1990
1996
international
V8 Biturbo
3217
326 (240)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

2.24v II
1991
1993
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
245 (180)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

2.24v II (kat)
1991
1993
international (probably)
V6 Biturbo
1996
240 (176)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

222 SR
1991
?
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

4.24v II (kat)
1991
?
Italy (probably)
V6 Biturbo
1996
240 (176)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

430 4v
1991
?
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
279 (205)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Racing
1991
1991
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
283 (208)
Fuel Injection, no Cat, no oxygen sensor

Spyder III
1991
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
245 (180)
Fuel Injection, no Cat

Spyder III (2.8, kat)
1991
?
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
225 (165)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Spyder III (kat)
1991
?
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
240 (176)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Barchetta Stradale
1992
1992
Prototype
V6 Biturbo
1996
306 (225)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Barchetta Stradale 2.8
1992
1992
Single, Conversion
V6 Biturbo
2790
284 (209)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Ghibli II (2.0)
1992
1997
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
306 (225)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Ghibli II (2.8)
1993
1997
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
284 (209)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Quattroporte (2.0)
1994
1997
Italy
V6 Biturbo
1996
287 (211)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Quattroporte (2.8)
1994
1997
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
284 (209)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Ghibli Cup
1995
?
international
V6 Biturbo
1996
330 (243)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Quattroporte Ottocilindri
1995
1997
international
V8 Biturbo
3217
335 (246)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Ghibli Primatist
1996
1997
international
V6 Biturbo
1996
306 (225)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

3200 GT
1998
2001
international
V8 Biturbo
3217
370 (272)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Quattroporte V6 Evoluzione
1998
2001
international
V6 Biturbo
2790
284 (209)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Quattroporte V8 Evoluzione
1998
2001
international
V8 Biturbo
3217
335 (246)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

3200 GTA
2000
2001
international
V8 Biturbo
3217
368 (271)
Automatic transmission

Spyder GT
2001
2005
international
V8
4244
390 (287)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Spyder CC
2001
2005
international
V8
4244
390 (287)
Cambiocorsa (sequential Gearbox)

Coup? GT
2001
2006
international
V8
4244
390 (287)
Fuel Injection, Catalyst

Coup? CC
2001
2006
international
V8
4244
390 (287)
Cambiocorsa (sequential Gearbox)

Gran Sport
2003
today
international
V8
4244
400 (294)
with Cambiocorsa only

Quattroporte V
2004
today
international
V8
4244
400 (294)
with DuoSelect only (sequential Gearbox)

MC12 (aka MCC)
2004
2005
Limited
V12
5998
630 (463)
Developed from Enzo Ferrari

GranTurismo
2008
future
international
V8
4244
405

Racing Vehicles

Model
Year
Type
Engine
Displacement
cc
Power
hp (kW)
Notes

Type 26
1926
Grand Prix
I8
1500
115 (86)
Developed from the Diatto racer designed by Maserati

Type 26B
1928
Grand Prix
I8
2000
150 (112)

Type V4 “Sedici Cilindri”
1929
Grand Prix
V16
4000
305 (227)

8C
1929
Grand Prix
I8
1100
1500
2500

6CM
1936
Voiturette
I6
1100
1500
2500

4CL
1939
Voiturette
I4
1491

4CLT
1948
Formula One
I4
1491

250F
1953
Formula One
I6
2493
270 (201)

350S
1957
Sports car
I6
3500
325

450S
1957
Sports car
V8
4500
400 (298)

Type 61 “Birdcage”
1961
Sports car
I4
3000
250 (186)

Tipo 151
1962-1963
Sports car
V8
4941
430

Tipo 154
1965
Sports car
V8
5046.8

Developed from the Tipo 152

wikipedia ; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Maserati_vehicles

Maserati Owner

Orsi ownership
In 1937, the remaining Maserati brothers sold their shares in the company to the Adolfo Orsi family, who in 1940 relocated the company headquarters to their hometown of Modena, where it remains to this day. The brothers continued in engineering roles with the company. Racing successes continued, even against the giants of German racing, Auto Union and Mercedes. In 1939, a Maserati 8CTF won the Indianapolis 500, a feat repeated the following year.

The war then intervened, Maserati abandoning cars to produce components for the Italian war effort. During this time, Maserati worked in fierce competition to construct a V16 towncar for Benito Mussolini before Ferry Porsche of Volkswagen built one for Adolf Hitler. This failed, and the plans were scrapped. Once peace was restored, Maserati returned to making cars; the Maserati A6 series did well in the post-war racing scene.

Key people joined the Maserati team. Alberto Massimino, an old Fiat engineer, with both Alfa Romeo and Ferrari experiences oversaw the design of all racing models for the next ten years. With him joined engineers Giulio Alfieri, Vittorio Bellentani, and Gioacchino Colombo. The focus was on the best engines and chassis to succeed in car racing. These new projects saw the last contributions of the Maserati brothers, who after their 10-year contract with Orsi expired went on to form O.S.C.A.. This new team at Maserati worked on several projects: the 4CLT, the A6 series, the 8CLT, and, pivotally for the future success of the company, the A6GCM.

The famous Argentinian driver Juan-Manuel Fangio raced for Maserati for a number of years in the 1950s, producing a number of stunning victories including winning the world championship in 1957 in the Maserati 250F alongside Toulo de Graffenried, Louis Chiron, Prince Bira, Enrico Plat?, and a few others. Other racing projects in the 1950s were the 200S, 300S (with several famous pilots, among them Benoit Musy), 350S, and 450S, followed in 1961 by the famous Tipo 61.

Maserati had retired from factory racing participation due to the Guidizzolo accident in 1957, though they continued to build cars for privateers. After 1957, Maserati became more and more focussed on road cars, and chief engineer Giulio Alfieri built the 6-cylinder 3500 2+2 coup?, which featured an aluminum body over Carrozzeria Touring’s superleggera structure, a design also used for the small-volume V8-powered 5000. Next came the Vignale-bodied Sebring, launched in 1962, the Mistrall Coup? in 1963 and Spider in 1964, both designed by Pietro Frua, and also in 1963, the company’s first four-door, the Quattroporte, designed by Frua as well. The two-seat Ghibli coup? was launched in 1967, followed by a convertible in 1969.

Citro?n ownership

A 1957 Maserati 200SI at the Scarsdale Concours

Maserati “Birdcage”

1959 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe

Maserati Sebring

Maserati Quattroporte grille

In 1968, came a great change?purchase by Citro?n. Adolfo Orsi remained the nominal president, but Maserati changed a great deal. New models were launched, and built in much greater numbers than before. Citro?n borrowed Maserati expertise and engines for the Citro?n SM and other vehicles, and Maseratis also incorporated Citro?n technology, particularly in hydraulics.

New models included the Maserati Bora, the first mass-produced mid-engined Maserati, in 1971, and the Maserati Merak and Maserati Khamsin soon afterwards; the Maserati Quattroporte II, which shared some parts with Citro?n SM, never came into production. The 1973 oil crisis, however, put the brakes on this ambitious expansion?suddenly, the demand for fuel-thirsty sports cars shrank. Citro?n went bankrupt in 1974 and on May 23, 1975, the new controlling group PSA Peugeot Citro?n declared that Maserati also was in liquidation. Propped up by Italian government funds (GEPI), the company stayed alive, if barely.

The Maserati engine and its associated gearbox have been used in other vehicles such as Special Rally prepared Citro?n DS, as used by Bob Neyret in Bandama Rally or in the Ligier JS 2.

De Tomaso
1975 saw the company back on its feet with Alessandro de Tomaso, an Argentinian former racing driver, the new managing director. De Tomaso had arranged for the Benelli motorcycle company, which he controlled, to buy Maserati from Citro?n and install him as its head. New models were introduced in 1976, including the Maserati Kyalami and the Maserati Quattroporte III.

The 1980s saw the company largely abandoning the mid-engined sports car in favour of squarish, front-engined, rear-drive coupes, cheaper than before but with aggressive performance, like the Maserati Biturbo.The Maserati Biturbo has been declined in a large number of models, all sharing key components among which a short two door coupe Maserati Karif and a cabriolet, the Spyder, designed by Zagato. The last version of the Maserati Biturbo was called Maserati Racing. It has been a transitional model in which several features to be found on the Ghibli II and the Shamal were tested. Two new coupes, the Maserati Shamal and Maserati Ghibli II, were released in 1990 and 1992, respectively.

The company also worked loosely with Chrysler, now headed by de Tomaso’s friend Lee Iacocca. Chrysler purchased part of Maserati and the two jointly produced a car, the Chrysler TC by Maserati that took much too long to introduce on the US market.

There were also two further very challenging projects:

the Chubasco a V8 mid-engine supercar, unfortunately due to lack of funding remained a dream.
the Maserati Barchetta a small open top mid engine sports car, unfortunately very few cars were produced.

Fiat ownership
1993 saw the company acquired by Fiat. Substantial investments were made in Maserati, and it has since undergone something of a renaissance.

In 1999, a new chapter began in Maserati’s history when the company launched the 3200 GT, the only “Fiat Maserati”. This two-door coup? is powered by a 3.2?L twin-turbocharged V8 which produces 370?hp (276?kW); the car does 0?60?mph in less than 5 seconds. Its top speed is 285?km/h (177?mph). With the addition of a Ferrari-designed and -built V-8 and automated manual transmission for the 2002 model year, this car continues to be produced today as the Coup? (hardtop) and Spyder (convertible model).

Ferrari
In 1997, Fiat sold a 50% share in the company to Maserati’s long-time arch-rival Ferrari (though this was, and is, itself controlled by Fiat). In 1999 Ferrari took full control, making Maserati its luxury division. A new factory was built, replacing the existing 1940s-vintage facility. Ferrari is credited for bringing Maserati back into business, after many lackluster years of Maserati teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

More recently, Maserati discussed an agreement with Volkswagen for the German company to share its Audi division’s Quattro all-wheel-drive technology (originally meant for the still-born Maserati Kubang sport utility vehicle concept) for Maserati’s current Quattroporte platform. This idea has since been abandoned because Volkswagen owns two of Ferrari’s direct rivals, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

Meanwhile two new models have been shown to the public: the MC12 road supersports and successful GT racer with an Enzo Ferrari?derived chassis and engine. And the Quattroporte, a high luxury saloon with the 4.2l V8 engine. Maserati is nowadays back in the business, very successfully selling on a global basis. In 2001 Ferrari decided to throw away all the old instruments and installed high-tech devices in the Modena factory, making it one of the most advanced in the world.

Today
In 2005, as a consequence of the termination of the agreement between Fiat and General Motors under which GM may have been obliged to buy Fiat’s car division, Maserati was separated from Ferrari and brought back under Fiat’s full control. Fiat plans to create a sports and luxury division from Maserati and another of its marques, Alfa Romeo. GM had to pay Fiat around two billion dollars. Maserati sold 2,006 cars in the United States in 2005, 2,108 in 2006, and 2,540 in 2007. In the second quarter of 2007 Maserati made profit for the first time in the 17 years under the Fiat Group ownership.

Maserati History

The Maserati brothers, Alfieri Maserati, Bindo Maserati, Carlo Maserati, Ettore Maserati, Ernesto Maserati and Mario Maserati, were all involved with automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century. Alfieri, Bindo and Ernesto built 2-litre Grand Prix cars for Diatto. In 1926, Diatto suspended the production of race cars, leading to the creation of the first Maserati and the founding of the Maserati marque. One of the first Maseratis, driven by Alfieri, won the 1926 Targa Florio. Maserati began making race cars with 4, 6, 8 and 16 cylinders (actually two straight eights mounted parallel to one another). Mario, an artist, is believed to have devised the company’s trident emblem, based on one the Fontana del Nettuno, Bologna. Alfieri Maserati died in 1932 but three other brothers, Bindo, Ernesto and Ettore, kept the firm going, building cars that won races.

Type
Public (subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A.)

Founded
1 December 1914 Bologna

Headquarters
Modena, Italy

Key people
Sergio Marchionne, Chairman
Harald J. Wester, CEO

Industry
automotive

Revenue
? ? 694 million (2007)

Employees
695 (2007)

Parent
Fiat S.p.A.

Website
Maserati.com

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