Maserati is an Italian luxury car manufacturer established on December 1, 1914, in Bologna.The company's headquarters is now in Modena, and its emblem is a trident. It has been owned by the Italian car giant Fiat S.p.A. since 1993. Inside the Fiat Group, Maserati was initially associated with Ferrari S.p.A., but more recently it has become part of the sports car group including Alfa Romeo.

The Maserati brothers, Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore, and Ernesto 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 (two straight-eights mounted parallel to one another). Another Maserati brother, 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.

Maserati Quattroporte

(Italian for "four-door"), a sporting-luxury four-door saloon. Introduced in 2004 and facelifted in 2009. Quattroporte S, featuring the same 4.7L V8 as the Maserati GranTurismo S was introduced also in 2009.

Maserati GranTurismo

A 4.2-litre V8 Grand tourer introduced in 2007 has 405 PS (298 kW; 399 hp) in standard from and year later introduced GranTurismo S version has 4.7-litre and 440 PS (324 kW; 434 hp).

Maserati GranCabrio

A convertible version of the GranTurismo S Automatic introduced in September 2009 in Frankfurt Motor Show.

Future models

Maserati Kubang

A Jeep Grand Cherokee-based SUV originally introduced in September 2003 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and again in 2011 as a 2013 model. Production will be at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit.

Maserati Levante
This sedan will compete against the BMW Series 5 or Audi A6 and will be based on a Chrysler platform.


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