Black Ink for Maserati After 17 Years

By Chris Haak


Today, Maserati announced that it has earned an operating profit for the second quarter of 2007 (before one-time items) of approximately €1 million. This is the first time that Maserati has turned a profit since it was acquired by Fiat in 1990. Last year in the same period, Maserati reported a loss of €7 million. The company also broke even for the first half of 2007, while it had a €26 million loss in the first half of 2006.

The company attributes its newfound financial success to the highly-regarded Quattroporte automatic, which boosted Quattroporte sales by almost 40% over the first five months of its availability. Previously, the Quattroporte’s transmission was a rear-mounted Duo-Select semiautomatic transmission which was relatively unrefined (according to reviews) and wasn’t happy loping around town. It might have been acceptable in a no-holds-barred performance vehicle such as a Ferrari, but not in a car that competes with other $100,000 luxury sedans.

After much criticism, Maserati re-engineered the floorpan of the Quattroporte and equipped it with a ZF-sourced six-speed automatic transmission mounted in the front of the car to create the Quattroporte Automatica. The new transmission basically addressed nearly all of the complaints that owners and reviewers had about the Duo-Select one, and proved to be a wise move for the Italian automaker.

Maserati expects further success for the rest of 2007; in fact, with the upcoming launch of the Granturismo four-seat premium coupe, Maserati expects to earn a profit for the full year and to sell 35% more vehicles than it did in 2006 (7,600 versus 5,600), and even more in 2008.

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Author: Chris Haak

Chris is Autosavant's Managing Editor. He has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A married father of two sons, Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating them into the world of cars and trucks.

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  1. It’s amazing the owners allowed them to stay in business after so many years of losses. Not that I wish they had shut Maserati down, because I love the this car. It’s so sexy and so Italian.

  2. pummelo, I agree, it’s very Italian. I am glad that they have the Quattroporte for sale, as it’s sort of an enthusiast’s alternative to the usual Mercedes and BMW offerings in its price class. It might be a little less practical, but it seems to have a lot more style.

  3. I would much rather have this than a BMW or Mercedes sedan. Those cars look really plain-jane next to this beauty. Although I must confess, I drive a Volvo myself. Boring, yes. Safe and dependable, yes.

  4. I’ll add my voice to the chorus, this is a beautiful, beautiful car. If only it was affordable to a guy with a mortgage, two kids, and a stay at home wife. Well, maybe I’ll win the Powerball.

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