"A stylish alternative to established luxury sedans, the 2014 Maserati Ghibli relies on its brand cachet to try to make up for obvious parts-sharing and a lack of technology, and it's only mildly successful in doing so," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.
Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman
Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles laid out its game plan for the future of its many brands.
The first name in the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is, of course, Fiat, but that doesn't mean there will be much news for the Italian brand in the U.S. over the next five years.
Only a couple of new Fiat models are coming to our market by 2018, but combined with the relaunch of the Alfa Romeo badge and the expansion of Maserati in the U.S., there will be some interesting new vehicles to see down at the Italian end of your FCA showroom:
The 2014 Geneva International Motor Show is in full swing, and one of the highlights is the sexy concept coupe from Maserati, the Alfieri. Built on the occasion of Maserati's 100th anniversary, it's meant to point the direction of future Maserati sports cars. The company's only coupe is currently the GranTurismo, which is starting to get a little long in the tooth, and always has been considered more of a boulevardier than a sports car.
The Alfa Romeo 4C has become an auto-industry punch line, a car whose ETA is in perpetual delay — sort of like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's backup-camera mandate. It looks like Alfa will beat NHTSA to the punch: The Detroit News reports that Maserati dealerships will sell the lightweight sports car in June 2014.
We'll believe it when we see it. Fiat first showed a 4C concept at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show. A production version bowed two years later with U.S. sales promised sometime in 2013. That didn't happen, but at least this latest announcement keeps with the delay Fiat issued in September 2013. High-performing Fiat dealerships — some of which are standalone dealers, some of which are incorporated into Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram showrooms — will get the car, too, though exact timing remains elusive. Maserati and Alfa Romeo are two subsidiaries of the recently merged Fiat Chrysler Automobile.
Hot off its TV debut in a Super Bowl XLVIII commercial, we got to take a closer look at Maserati's gorgeous, yet moderately priced new sedan at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Aimed at the BMW 5 Series, the new 2014 Ghibli starts at $66,900, a relative bargain for the premium brand.
The Ghibli is Maserati's first midsize four-door luxury sport sedan. Power comes from a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbo V-6 good for "over 400 horsepower," Maserati said in a statement. Check out the gallery for more photos; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Maserati is recalling 7,438 model-year 2005-2008 Quattroporte and 2008 Granturismo vehicles due to faulty tie rod assemblies, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The handful of model-year 2008 Alfa Romeo 8Cs sold in the U.S. are also affected.
The affected vehicles have rear tie rod assemblies that lack a sufficient amount of anti-corrosion material, allowing them to weaken. This could lead to a loss of vehicle control. Maserati "has not received any reports nor is it aware of any accidents or personal injuries related to this issue," the automaker said in a statement.
Maserati will start notifying owners in June, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Maserati at 877-696-2737 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
A larger, revised version of Maserati's flagship sedan will meet the public in Detroit this January. Maserati is calling the new Quattroporte the sixth-generation of the sedan, though the changes appear minor.
The automaker says the car is "more generous in size when compared to the previous model" but didn't provide specs. New exterior styling cues tie the sedan to its coupe siblings — namely, new front-end styling, a more prominent belt line and revised taillamp design. The grille, the three side vents and Quattroporte's triangular C-pillar return.
Maserati didn't release many powertrain details. What's under the hood will likely remain a mystery until the car debuts at the Detroit auto show, though the license plate pictured (below) hints at a 530-horsepower version. The current Quattroporte is powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 that makes 434 hp in the S model and 444 hp in the Sport GTS.
Check out more pictures after the jump. Stay tuned as we learn more about the vehicles scheduled to debut at the 2013 Detroit auto show.
Maserati is recalling 485 model-year 2012 versions of the GranTurismo and Quattroporte due to problems with the tire pressure monitoring system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In the affected vehicles, a software error prevents the system from alerting the driver when it detects low pressure. Driving on a tire with low pressure increases the risk a crash.
Maserati will notify owners starting in early November, and dealers will replace the tire pressure monitoring system for free. Owners can call Maserati at 201-816- 2600 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
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