TURIN, Italy - Maserati S.p.A. has delayed its planned re-entry into the U.S. market until at least 2002.
Maserati's plan was to return to the United States early this year with a new Spider derived from the 2+2 3200 GT, the coupe introduced in Europe in fall 1998.
But both the new Spider and the new normally aspirated 4.0-liter V-8 intended mainly for the U.S. market are behind in their development. So Maserati will return to North America with the current 3200 GT coupe equipped with the new V-8.
The new Spider is expected to bow in Europe early next year. It will be shipped to North America about six months later.
Maserati's recovery plan is proceeding slowly.
Maserati withdrew from the U.S. market in 1991, and Ferrari assumed control of the marque from Fiat Auto in July 1997.
Stuart Robinson, CEO of both Ferrari North America and the newly created Maserati North America, said Maserati hopes to sell more than 3,500 units a year in the United States by 2005. Total production that year will be about 9,000 units, he said.
The company built about 2,000 cars last year, up from 1,538 in 1999.