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post #1 of 10 Old 03-27-2004, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ferrari just can't produce more than 5,000 cars even if they want to. The factroy can only handle that much. Unless they expand. And that is one thing Luca will not do. He is trying to develop Maserati as the brand to challenge Prosche in sports cars and Mercedes and BMW in the saloons. Any expansion in volume will be done at Maserati, thuis keeping Ferrari exclusive. It is a tough job though especially so in the US where Maserati has had a poor name before. Sales are slow world-wide and Ferrari's profits have been sucked by Maserati. Luca has to come out with a winner soon because the 4200GT is not the car to beat Porsche, not by a long shot.
Thanks. Is Maserati going to be follow the path of BMW, Prosche and Mercedes, abandon it's "luxury exclusive" all to pump out as many cars as possible, and cheapen the lines. How is Maserati doing right now? Are they good cars now? They cars seem to challenge the top-level lines of these companies. Is Ferrari's 4,000-4,400-a year unit too many? What is Ferrari worth? Thoughs on the stargetieis by BMW, Jaguar, Bently, Aston Martin, M-Benz, ect..
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Thanks. Is Maserati going to be follow the path of BMW, Prosche and Mercedes, abandon it's "luxury exclusive" all to pump out as many cars as possible, and cheapen the lines. How is Maserati doing right now? Are they good cars now? They cars seem to challenge the top-level lines of these companies. Is Ferrari's 4,000-4,400-a year unit too many? What is Ferrari worth? Thoughs on the stargetieis by BMW, Jaguar, Bently, Aston Martin, M-Benz, ect..
Unfortunately Maserati can't produce the numbers that they plan to simply because their cars can't sell. That's the truth. The 4200GT is a flop and they're hoping the Quadtroporte to sell in sufficent numbers to tide them over and make them financially independant of Ferrari. They have capacity for more than 100,000 cars a year but right now they can't even sell half that capacity. Ironically that will be what makes Maserati exclusive. The same way that the Ford Edsel was rare and exclusive.
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Thanks. Is Maserati going to be follow the path of BMW, Prosche and Mercedes, abandon it's "luxury exclusive" all to pump out as many cars as possible, and cheapen the lines. How is Maserati doing right now? Are they good cars now? They cars seem to challenge the top-level lines of these companies. Is Ferrari's 4,000-4,400-a year unit too many? What is Ferrari worth? Thoughs on the stargetieis by BMW, Jaguar, Bently, Aston Martin, M-Benz, ect..
Unfortunately Maserati can't produce the numbers that they plan to simply because their cars can't sell. That's the truth. The 4200GT is a flop and they're hoping the Quadtroporte to sell in sufficent numbers to tide them over and make them financially independant of Ferrari. They have capacity for more than 100,000 cars a year but right now they can't even sell half that capacity. Ironically that will be what makes Maserati exclusive. The same way that the Ford Edsel was rare and exclusive.
Thanks Stardale. Sorry if I keep asking questions. Is Maserati doing well with the quality so far? If they get it right over the next years, do you believe they still try to "make it exclusive", or not as affordable?
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Their quality is excellent. The interiors of the 4200GT and the Quatroporte are on par with the best of British cars like the Aston and Bentley, even better than Ferrari, if I dare to say. Personally I think the 4200GT look more like a 2+2 saloon than a sports car I think that is what failed. If they are to take away sales from Porsche then the 4200GT's replacement has to be a sports car, not a GT or 2+2. But Ferrari is scared that if they do design a Maserati sports car, it will take sales away from Ferrari. So I think a through review and rethinking of strategy is needed by Luca and his team.

In the last 2.5 years since the Maserati 3200 and 4200 were introduced in KL, the dealer managed to sell maybe 4 cars. Ferrari meanwhile has sold maybe 25 to 30 cars during that time, and the Ferrari (Modena) cost double that of the Maserati. It's not that the price is not competitive but buyers just can't make out waht tat car is supposed to be. There are about 10 units of Maserati both the 3200 and the 4200 in the dealer's stock. Sad.
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Maybe a little addition: I think Ferrari will be the name for F1 racing, and Maseatie more for GT-racing, although there are some Ferrari's there too.
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Ask the Maserati owners what they think at www.maseratiforum.net It maybe a small forum but they check it daily. This isn't the place to talk about Maserati.
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Ask the Maserati owners what they think at www.maseratiforum.net It maybe a small forum but they check it daily. This isn't the place to talk about Maserati.
Alright thanks. Though that the general off-topic forum was for differnet cars. Sorry bout that.
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Ask the Maserati owners what they think at www.maseratiforum.net It maybe a small forum but they check it daily. This isn't the place to talk about Maserati.
Alright thanks. Though that the general off-topic forum was for differnet cars. Sorry bout that.
No problem, ask away here. I moved part of this topic to here. Before you were in the Ferrari discussion talking about production numbers and then got to this.
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What about the Maserati Kubang? I'm guessing that will never reach production?

IMO they shouldn't be making SUVs or "cross-cars" and such
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What about the Maserati Kubang? I'm guessing that will never reach production?

IMO they shouldn't be making SUVs or "cross-cars" and such
Luca has canned the project. They will concentrate on the RWD cars at the moment. Perhaps they get back to a 4-WD in 4 years time. That's what the Maserati spokesperson said.
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