The word through the grapevines is that Maserati will be making an official comeback to Malaysia with an official dealer/distributor representing the brand. The Maserati brand was previously distributed by Next Car Sdn Bhd. Now that is definitely good news to me as I no longer have to stand around Orchard street to catch a glimpse of the Maserati GranTurismo that I am so infatuated with.
Many see Maseratis as more sedate Ferraris that are easier to live with, and according to JPJ data, 2008 saw 1 Maserati GranTurismo and 2 Maserati Quattroportes being registered. Numbers are relative but this is quite a small amount compared to the previous years where 2 Maserati Cambiocorsa, 1 Maserati Gransport and 7 Maserati Quattroportes were registered in 2006, and another 7 units of the Quattroporte in 2007.
When it was still sold here in Malaysia, a Quattroporte went for just a little over RM1 million, which puts it head to head with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S500L and the BMW 750Li.
With an official distributor back in the game, these numbers could pick up. An official announcement will be made by the end of this quarter. I am a long way to affording such a machine but I do wish to see more of these babies on the road purely for eye candy purposes.
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