Maserati flagship leaves Chrysler roots behind
|Luca Ciferri is Editor-in-Chief of Automotive News Europe.|
There is not much Chrysler left in the new Quattroporte, Maserati CEO Harald Wester says.
Maserati is poised to begin its rebirth with a new Quattroporte large sedan that debuted on Tuesday at the Detroit auto show, but the new sedan -- the flagship for the Fiat-Chrysler organization -- has very little North American content left.
"From the Chrysler 300 we carried over the electrical system, a portion on the platform where seats are hinged and some elements of the air conditioning, that is all," Wester told me.
Wester, a German engineer who also is Fiat-Chrysler's chief technical officer and Alfa Romeo's CEO, gets mad when he hears that the new Quattroporte is based on Chrysler underpinnings.
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