Maserati increased sales in the U.S. by 20 percent in 2007 to 2600 cars, led by a restyled Quattroporte model with a newly added automatic transmission. Globally, Maserati delivered 7353 cars through a network of 272 dealers in 59 countries. The U.S. remains the largest market for the luxury cars at 2600, up 21 percent. Italy at 714 is second, and the United Kingdom is third.
New for 2008 is a loaded “super-luxe dress” Quattroporte Collezione Cento, signifying that only 100 cars will be built. The Pinanfarina-designed model has a new ivory color, 20-inch wheels and chromed grilles front and sides. Inside are exotic materials such as colored leather, wenge wood insets and mother-of-pearl inlays. Power comes from the proven 4.2-liter V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. -- Ken Zino