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Have you guys seen the resale of Maserati vehicles?

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A new Gran Turismo is $130,000, and I saw one a couple of months ago that was just 2 years old going for $70,000. It had 30,000 miles. Wow talk about a drop.
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Maserati Kubang is Italian for SUV





"For some reason SUVs today never seem to offer the kind of uplifting driving pleasure and luxury atmosphere that are two givens of today's high-end sports and luxury cars."

So says Maserati, and though we're quite certain rivals like Porsche, BMW and even Maserati's own sister-brand, Jeep, would take offense to the claim, we feel inclined to point out that the very nature of the SUV – higher ground clearance, seating position and the subsequent higher center-of-gravity, to name just one – makes them less suitable for the kind of "driving pleasure" we'd generally associate with Maserati. But we digress.

What we have here is Maserati's take on the premium sport utility vehicle, and the Italian automaker promises it heralds the coming of a new product line. Maserati claims that the Kubang's "style, engine, suspensions, brakes, handling and performance will all be 100% Maserati in picture-perfect continuity with the brand's core values of sportiness, style, elegance, luxury, performance and craftsmanship."

We hope all that is true, and at least the powerplants sound enticing. According to the Italian company, a new generation of proprietary engines are being designed in Modena by Paolo Martinelli, who previously spent 30 years at Ferrari and its Scuderia factory racing team, and they'll be built in Maranello by Ferrari. Expect that engine to be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Keen fans of the brand may remember that this isn't the first Kubang seen from Maserati. Way back in 2003 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Trident brand showed off an SUV in conceptual form that shared the same moniker. We think this one looks a fair bit better, though it's still a somewhat oddly shaped little duckling.

Nothing else is yet known about the Kubang, but we'd expect it to borrow liberally from the Jeep parts bin, and there have been many indications that it will likely even roll down the same assembly line in Detroit as the Grand Cherokee. In any case, have a good look at the Kubang in all its somewhat funky glory in our high-res gallery of live images, and feel free to peruse the press release after the break.
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"For some reason SUVs today never seem to offer the kind of uplifting driving pleasure and luxury atmosphere that are two givens of today's high-end sports and luxury cars."

So says Maserati, and though we're quite certain rivals like Porsche, BMW and even Maserati's own sister-brand, Jeep, would take offense to the claim, we feel inclined to point out that the very nature of the SUV – higher ground clearance, seating position and the subsequent higher center-of-gravity, to name just one – makes them less suitable for the kind of "driving pleasure" we'd generally associate with Maserati. But we digress.

What we have here is Maserati's take on the premium sport utility vehicle, and the Italian automaker promises it heralds the coming of a new product line. Maserati claims that the Kubang's "style, engine, suspensions, brakes, handling and performance will all be 100% Maserati in picture-perfect continuity with the brand's core values of sportiness, style, elegance, luxury, performance and craftsmanship."

We hope all that is true, and at least the powerplants sound enticing. According to the Italian company, a new generation of proprietary engines are being designed in Modena by Paolo Martinelli, who previously spent 30 years at Ferrari and its Scuderia factory racing team, and they'll be built in Maranello by Ferrari. Expect that engine to be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Keen fans of the brand may remember that this isn't the first Kubang seen from Maserati. Way back in 2003 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Trident brand showed off an SUV in conceptual form that shared the same moniker. We think this one looks a fair bit better, though it's still a somewhat oddly shaped little duckling.

Nothing else is yet known about the Kubang, but we'd expect it to borrow liberally from the Jeep parts bin, and there have been many indications that it will likely even roll down the same assembly line in Detroit as the Grand Cherokee. In any case, have a good look at the Kubang in all its somewhat funky glory in our high-res gallery of live images, and feel free to peruse the press release after the break.
Looks like they purchased a KIA Sportage and put new body panels on… does that mean KIA has stepped up their game, or has Maserati sunk?
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Maserati registers Cinqueporte, name of crossover revealed?



It shouldn't even need to be said, but Kubang just isn't a good name for a Maserati – and that's not just because it sounds like onomatopoeia for the noise a Biturbo makes just before it becomes a Monoturbo.

When the name first surfaced on a 2003 Detroit Auto Show concept, the Modenese automaker said that Kubang was named after an Indonesian wind. But if we are to believe this guy, "kubang" actually means "quagmire" in Javanese. So maybe it actually is appropriate for the production version of this Maserati concept, which will have the most confused bloodlines of any product to wear the Trident since the infamous Chrysler TC.

But seriously, we completely understand why the Fiat brass would prefer that the Maserati crossover be called something as banal as "Cinqueporte," which not only complements the Quattroporte sedan, but literally translates to "five-door." That the name has reportedly been registered in Italy only makes sense – if for no other reason than to keep someone else from using it.
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Maserati have given their Kubang SUV concept its North American debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
First revealed in Frankfurt back in September, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne re-confirmed to journalists in Detroit that the Kubang production vehicle will be built at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant and exported to markets worldwide, thus giving the people of Detroit a boost in the jobs market.
Although debuted in concept form as the Maserati Kubang, executives have confirmed that it will not carry this name come production time. A more Italian name will be given with a strong shout heading in the direction of "Cinqueporte" after it was registered by Maserati.
Equipped with a Ferrari built engine, the Maserati SUV will ride on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, yet Marchionne was quick to point out that the new SUV will be "pure Maserati" and will be priced accordingly. So don't expect any favours from Italian brand. Up to 20,000 units are set to come off the assembly line when production starts in 2013 which would make it Maserati's best-selling vehicle.
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It's like a Buick Enclave with a body kit. WTF is that?
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WTF?

I like Maserati even less now. Buy an "Italian" SUV made in Detroit. I'd much rather have an SRT8 Cherokee.
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A Maseratti SUV? Made in Detroit? Soooooo many things wrong with this scenario.
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CARandDRIVER have recently spoke to Robert Allan, Maserati’s director of product planning. And in their little sit down, C/D learned that the production version of the Maserati Kubang Concept SUV will not use the original concept’s name.
Recently, Maserati was caught filing trademarks for four names: Ghibli, Milia, Cinqueporte, and Levante. Though according to C/D, Ghibli is the least likely name to be given to Maserati’s future SUV. Cinqueporte has a distinct possibility as it translates into “five-door,” and in relevance, Maserati’s flagship sedan stands for “four-door,” Quattroporte.
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However, C/D also predicts that the “Levante” name has a chance at being attached to the production Kubang, despite other outlets reporting that Levante will be used for Maserati’s up and coming mid-sized sedan. But ultimately, C/D disclosed that there’s also the possibility that none of the four recently trademarked names will be used.

Either way, Allan apparently told C/D that Maserati is on track to debut the production Kubang by 2014 and will feature Ferrari-based Maserati V8. Assembly will take place at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
At this point, Allan also disclosed that the production Kubang is currently in the midst of suspension and chassis research and development.
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Maserati's first SUV, which was previewed at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show as the Kubang concept, pictured, will be produced in the United States by the Fiat-controlled Chrysler Group. It will share a production line and underpinnings with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
PARIS – Maserati's first SUV will be called the Levante and its planned mid-sized sedan will be named the Ghibli. The Fiat subsidiary, which announced the names today at the auto show here, is counting on the two new models to help boost the company's global sales to 50,000 units by 2015 from 6,150 last year.

The Levante is set to debut in 2014. The SUV, which was previewed at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show as the Kubang concept, will be produced in the United States by the Fiat-controlled Chrysler Group, sharing a production line and underpinnings with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Maserati picked the name Levante, which means east in Italian, to honor its early history. In 1919, the Maserati brothers moved their fast-growing 5-year-old company to a bigger facility on Via Emilia Levante, in Bologna.

The production version of the four-door Ghibli is expected to debut next spring at either the Geneva or Shanghai auto show. Maserati first used the Ghibli name on a two-seat coupe launched in 1967.

The company will keep the Quattroporte name for its four-door flagship large sedan. A redesigned Quattroporte is set to debut in January 2013 at the Detroit auto show.

The redesigned Quattroporte and the new Ghibli will be built at a former Carrozzeria Bertone plant on the outskirts of Turin. Fiat bought the factory three years ago and renamed it Officine Maserati Grugliasco following a 550 million euro refurbishment. The plant is part of Maserati's more than 1 billion euro investment to expand the brand's model lineup.

At peak capacity, Maserati plans to build 20,000 to 25,000 units a year of the Levante, about 20,000 units of the Ghibli and 12,000 Quattroportes. The company's GranTurismo coupe and the GranCabrio convertible, which are made at Maserati's home plant in Modena, Italy, round out the range.
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Maybe I missed it, but what is the absurd price of this Ferrari powered jeep grand cherokee? You could probably get two fully loaded JGC and a base wrangler for the same price...and get it serviced on most cities.
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Maserati will bolster its upcoming lineup expansion with a compact crossover, a new report indicates.
The yet-unnamed model will ride on Fiat’s Compact U.S. Wide platform – which also underpins the Dodge Dart – and will slot under the Jeep Grand Cherokee-derived Levante crossover, according to a Car and Driver report. It will count the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan as its primary competitors.
The news comes as Fiat looks to substantially increase Maserati’s sales volume by transforming the automaker into a more mainstream luxury brand and introducing a bevy of new models.
Following the launch of the recently-unveiled 2014 Quattroporte sedan, Maserati will debut its long-rumored Ghibli midsize sedan, which will utilize a version of the Chrysler 300’s platform and do battle with the BMW 5-Series. The Ghibli will enter into production before the end of 2013.
Next, the trident brand will turn its attention to redesigning the GranTurismo around a version of the new Quattroporte’s (in-house developed) platform. The new model, which is set for a 2014 launch, is expected to be much more driver-focused than the current iteration.
New for 2015 will be the Porsche Cayenne-fighting Levante crossover, which was previewed by the memorably-named Kubang concept that debuted at last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show.
Finally, 2016 will bring Maserati’s compact crossover, which will serve as an entry-level model to round out the Italian automaker’s lineup.
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