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post #1 of 46 Old 09-13-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Maserati SUV

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Maserati Kubang is Italian for SUV
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Its awesome!!! Hope they put a V8 in it!
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how soon before the Ferrari version

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Looks like a BMW to me.
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The auto show photos for this car suck, too close. I'll see if Maserati has some that are in its element.
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how soon before the Ferrari version
The FF is it at 3x the price - these will sell like hot cakes!

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I really wish Maserati had not gone there.
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i really wish maserati had not gone there.


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I really wish Maserati had not gone there.
For a manufacturer producing only circa 9000 cars in it's best year it's simply too big a market to ignore. Maserati really need to increase sales volumes to gain access to the sort of in car tech that's now expected at this level of the market. Even Ferrari struggle to supply decent media units in their new cars due to the lack of purchasing clout they have. Whilst as enthusiasts we might bemoan the need for such gizmos the fact is that if these cars are to be used a daily drivers by new to the marque customers then they need them to compete. Hardcore driver focused cars simply do not sell in sufficient volumes to keep car companies profitable. Just ask Lotus

Sales of this car will help fund the development of more driver focused GT's just as the Cayenne has done for Porsche so it should be a positive move. The basic architecture is good (floorpan is from the new Mercedes M class) so combine it with a Ferrari sourced V8, the ZF 8 speed auto and add in a lovely bespoke leather interior that Modena do so well (but please give us decent seats this time unlike those in the GranTurismo) and it should be a hit.

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For a manufacturer producing only circa 9000 cars in it's best year it's simply too big a market to ignore. Maserati really need to increase sales volumes to gain access to the sort of in car tech that's now expected at this level of the market. Even Ferrari struggle to supply decent media units in their new cars due to the lack of purchasing clout they have. Whilst as enthusiasts we might bemoan the need for such gizmos the fact is that if these cars are to be used a daily drivers by new to the marque customers then they need them to compete. Hardcore driver focused cars simply do not sell in sufficient volumes to keep car companies profitable. Just ask Lotus

Sales of this car will help fund the development of more driver focused GT's just as the Cayenne has done for Porsche so it should be a positive move. The basic architecture is good (floorpan is from the new Mercedes M class) so combine it with a Ferrari sourced V8, the ZF 8 speed auto and add in a lovely bespoke leather interior that Modena do so well (but please give us decent seats this time unlike those in the GranTurismo) and it should be a hit.
It will be a hit - it's a gift to the Maser Dealers
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I think I have less of a problem with Maserati doing this than Ferrari.... They already turned the corner long ago with 4 door sedans and badge engineered Chrysler Lebarons.... is it me though or does this thing not bear a strong resemblance to a Chevy Traverse?
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is it me though or does this thing not bear a strong resemblance to a Chevy Traverse?
There's only a limited number of ways to pile sh*t that high...
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There's only a limited number of ways to pile sh*t that high...
Ouch!

So I guess what I really mean is... it's styling is as forgetable as most of the SUVs out there.... It could easily wear a KIA or Hyundai badge... aside from a few styling cues it doesn't say Maserati to me in any way. Unfortunate...

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The auto show photos for this car suck, too close. I'll see if Maserati has some that are in its element.
There is a dedicated website for the Kubang : www.kubang.maserati.com
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Ugliness doesn't matter in fact it's an advantage.

The uglier and disproportionate an SUV the better it sells.

Cayenne Range Rover Escalade are bought for their badge and price tag.

They aren't taken off road anymore than an FF is going to go on the track.

The better the badge the more they charge - if someone can tell me why the Escalade sells for 40k more than the Tahoe I am all ears same with the Jetta vs the Porsche.

99% of Upper crust SUV's sell because the husband may want to use it
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Ugliness doesn't matter in fact it's an advantage.

The uglier and disproportionate an SUV the better it sells.

Cayenne Range Rover Escalade are bought for their badge and price tag.

They aren't taken off road anymore than an FF is going to go on the track.

The better the badge the more they charge - if someone can tell me why the Escalade sells for 40k more than the Tahoe I am all ears same with the Jetta vs the Porsche.

99% of Upper crust SUV's sell because the husband may want to use it
Just for the record, I haven't said it's ugly. I do feel that an opportunity was missed by Maserati designers to make it unique looking.... Hell the Infiniti FX is more exotic looking to me than this thing. I have to agree though about the husband statement. Now that I look at it closer it actually looks like a Buick.

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That SUV really has a mixed heritage. When Mercedes owned Chrysler, one of the things they did was use the future Mercedes M/GL class chassis as the basis for the Grand Cherokee introduced last year. So now Chrysler is owned by Fiat, and they are getting a dose of Mercedes technology in their Maserati SUV for free. Ain't life wonderful. The new Mercedes M Class and next year's GL class is based on the same technology.

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Cayenne Range Rover Escalade are bought for their badge and price tag.

They aren't taken off road anymore than an FF is going to go on the track.

Not true, I backed my Cayenne onto the grass just last weekend.
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Doug, Boxer- We take the wife's GL 550 fly fishing all the time off-road. Of course, i did stick it in deep snow one time, but that was more due to Z rated tires (On an SUV? Oh yeah, the Cayenne has them too.) than lack of off road capability. That little button you push to raise the car four inches is pretty handy, as is the hill descent mode, when off-road.

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Not true, I backed my Cayenne onto the grass just last weekend.
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