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FCA Recall for Confusion Gear Selector

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Just days after the latest fatal accident related to FCA’s troublesome electronic gear shifter, the company announced that their dealers now have the new software ready to be installed into vehicles with the electronic shifters. The updated software should prevent the cars from moving when the “Park” gear is not selected and the driver’s door is open.

FCA announced that it was already to issue start a recall campaign on vehicles using their new gear selector. NHTSA reported that the troublesome shifter has resulted in 117 alleged crashes, 28 injuries, and now 1 death that of Anton Yelchin, most notable for playing Checkov in the new Start Trek movies.

The recall impacts Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles and now spreading to Maserati products as well as they announced today that they will recall the 2014 Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans manufactured from June 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 because of their confusing gear shifters.


Maserati May Jump on the EV Bandwagon

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Maserati head honcho Sergio Marchionne has always been averse to electric vehicles in his company’s stable. But now it seems like he’s softening up on that front and may want to bring in an EV option into the Maserati brand. Not only that, he might be considering hybrid versions of the Maserati Levante SUV as well which truly will diversify the Maserati lineup.

An EV vehicle may make its way under the moniker Alfieri in the future as the company continues to expand on their power train options. If Maserati produces an EV, it will be in direct competition with Tesla’s vehicles. What’s driving Marcionne to dabble in the EV space is the fact that he believes that under the Maserati name and price point, there might be a chance the EV will make money. Generally speaking, he doesn’t believe EVs are profitable in entry level of mid level price point vehicles.


Maserati Quattroporte Gets a Facelift

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Maserati’s Quattroporte was due for a make over and the most recent rendition takes design elements which were seen in the Alfieri coupe concept. The newly imaged Maserati receives quite of bit of exterior massaging. The front facia has a more aggressive profile which integrates side and lower vents. Aero on the Quattorporte also include an active element which allows the Quattroporte to improve its aerodynamics by 10 percent.

The Quattroporte will be powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 which pumps out 404 hp and 406 lb/ft of torque. The car can be purchased in either a rear drive of all wheel drive configuration. Those wanting ore power can opt for the 3.8L twin-turbo V8 which ups power to 523 hp and 524 lb/ft of torque.

The newly revised Quattroporte will already be hitting showrooms for purchase before the end of June.


Maserati Recalled for Failing Suspension

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Maserati is issuing a recall on their 2014-16 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans which has a build date between February 1, 2013, and September 18, 2015. This recall impacts approximately 26,464 vehicles in the US.

The issue has been identified as an improperly tightened bolt in the rear suspension which secures the tie-rod to the hub carrier assembly. If the bolt does come loose, it can be catastrophic as the suspension assembly will come apart and results in an imminent accident. So far no accidents have been linked to this recall.

If you do own one of these vehicles, it is recommended that you contact your dealership immediately. Technicians will inspect the suspension assembly, check the bolts for tightness, and replace any necessary parts to get you back on the road.


Maserati Recalled for Unintended Acceleration

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Maserati is issuing a recall on 28,235 vehicles. The issue has been identified as a faulty anchor which normally secures the driver’s side floor mat. In the event that the floor mat shifts position, it can get lodged between the floor and the accelerator resulting in the car speeding out of control.

Maserati has identified their 2014-2016 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans with a build date between February 1, 2013, and November 30, 2015 are impacted by this recall. No accidents or injuries have been liked to this recall.

Maserati has started their recall campaign at the end of April. If your vehicles is impacted by this recall, bring your car into your local dealer and they will replace the floor mat and possibly the accelerator pedal cover to reduce the chances of the carpet getting stuck on the accelerator.


Maserati Levante Gets a V8

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Maserati’s new Levante crossover is going to get a healthy dose of power bump. According to Davide Danesin, Maserati Vehicle Program Lead, the Levante will be getting the 3.8L twin turbo V8 stuffed into its engine bay. The engine is currently found in the automakers flagship Quattroporte.

Horsepower output of the V8 is spec’d at 523 horsepower. According to Danesin about shoehorning the engine into the Levante, he says “Yes, it fits, and we have a prototype already.” This is good news for the power hungry bunch and especially good news for Maserati as they add a powerful Levante to their future stable to compete against SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover Sport SVR which all produce north of 500 horsepower.


Maserati Recalls Ghibli and Quattroporte

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Maserati of North America has issued a recall on their Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles as a result of an issue posed by the driver side floor mat which could move out of place and get wedged between the gas pedal and the car’s carpet. In instances like this, the gas pedal could remain depressed resulting in an uncontrolled speeding up of the car and cause an accident.

The design defect is currently impacting 28,235 cars with a build date between from Feb. 1, 2013, to Nov. 30, 2015. As of today, no accidents or injuries have been linked to this recall.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by their local dealerships. The issued fix for the recall involves replacing the floor mats. During service, the gas pedal will also be inspected and possibly replaced if deemed a hazard and risk. For more information, owners are encouraged to contact their local dealerships.


Maserati Crosses Over Into SUV Market with Levante

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Maserati’s entry into the crossover market came with a bang earlier this month when it announced its new Levante. Set to compete with the likes of the Cayenne, and Range Rovers, it will be available in both gasoline and diesel models although the latter may not be available in North America. The base Levante will be powered by a 3.0L V6 with 345 horsepower good for a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 251km/h. The Levante S bumps that power to 425 horsepower reducing the 0-100km/h time to 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 264km/h. Both models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic.

The Levante features active grille shutters and an air suspension system. Coupled with the 50-50 weight distribution, the Levante will provide driver’s with a pure Maserati driving experience. It will also come with a pure Maserati price tag, with the base model Levante a solid $10,000 more than the base cayenne here in the United States. In Canada it will likely be closer to a $15,000 difference. The base Levante does offer a slight power edge over the Cayenne which in standard guise only outputs 300 horsepower. After making this comparison to the Cayenne, I’m sitting here wondering if Cayenne shoppers would even look at the Levante?

Other luxury features include the ability to open and close the rear tailgate via the key fob and dome controls as well as the ability to lock and unlock the glove box via a 4 digit pin via the touch screen on the center console.

Check out the gallery for more angles of the Maserati Levante.

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2017 Maserati Levante Details Revealed

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Maserati jumped head first into the SUV market and introduced the all new Levante at the Geneva International Motor Show today and made quite a splash. The all new vehicle has put Porsche’s Cayenne and the Land Rovers right in its target.

The performance numbers of the Levante shows that it will be a very capable SUV. Under the hood, you’ll find a 3.0L twin turbo V6 that’s good for 345hp. The S trim Levante will have a power boost producing 424hp. The SUV can sprint to 100km/h in a mere 5.1 seconds. To keep all that power at bay, the Levante send the power to all four wheels. Suspension is a rugged double wishbone front and multi link rear setup mated to Maserati’s electronically controlled dampers and air springs.

We are still waiting for pricing, however, the Levante should be at the dealers by this summer.


Maserati Introduces Levante SUV

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With the demand of SUVs on a continued rise, Maserati is the latest automaker to jump on that bandwagon. An all new Levante, Maserati’s first ever SUV was debuted at the Geneva International Auto Show.

The Levante utilizes a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 which is offered in two trim levels. The entry level comes with 345hp and the S-trim with 424hp. The powerplant is mated to an eight speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels. The standard trim Levante is capable of a 5.9 second 0-100km/h run while the Levante S gets there in 5.1 seconds.

Expect to see the Levante in showrooms in late summer at a starting price of $96,500.


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