Volkswagen Looks to Buy Maserati.

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  1. TriShield

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    Maserati to VW? Signs point to sale of Italian automaker

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    By AUTOWEEK
    (08:01 April 30, 2004)

    Word is Volkswagen covets the Quattroporte platform for a future line of Phaeton-size vehicles.

    No one is out-and-out saying 'no' when we ask and even we have to admit that all the signs are pointing to an eventual majority sale of Maserati to Volkswagen Group.

    It's no secret VW wants the Quattroporte platform for future Phaeton-size vehicles. Nor that the 2006 Maserati Coupe and Spyder will have several Audi components on them, particularly when it comes to all on-board electronics and a version of quattro all-wheel drive. Maserati is also sharing Audi dealers in certain markets and benefiting from Audi client services and financing structures.

    Ferrari-Maserati boss Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is now head of the ultra-powerful Italian union Confindustria -- a full-time job that keeps him away from Modena and Maranello. Between this and the fact that Maserati sales are falling well behind forcasts in all markets may signal a move to divest from Maserati in favor of VW leading the show.

    A Modena source says, “This is not a surprise to hear and it’s something that has definitely been talked about since we [VW and Maserati] started our technology swap.” A Maranello contact adds, “It’s feeling like it could happen at any time now. Nothing sure yet, but the signs are everywhere.”

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    please say it ain't so (not that I'm looking to pick up a Maserati anytime soon)
     
  3. TriShield

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    VW is going to have as many brands as Ford and GM if they aren't careful. :o
     
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    VW will find a way to fuck up the maserati name :wtc:
     
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    No they won't.

    VW hasn't fucked up any of their brands... Audi, Lambo, Seat, Bugatti, Skoda....well, except for maybe Bentley. :o
     
  6. hypermonkey

    hypermonkey Tastes just like raisins.

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    Just don't use the same coilpacks/window regulators :o
     
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    gotta be kidding :eek3:
     
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    ya actually since the ownership by vw of some of their smaller car companies, those companies have done quite well.

    lambo put out the murcielago and the gallardo and they're both stunning as well as popular.. even with the press.

    bentley continental gt well recieved though not as well as the lambo cars.

    skoda is now a car company not to be laughed at in europe. offers volkswagen fit and finish at a lesser price.

    SEAT same thing as skoda. brand turned around and now not laughed at like it was before.

    buggatti might be the only dark spot.. that veyron is never gonna come out feels like. thing just can't get reigned in and controled. things keep delaying its debut.
     
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    every company vw gets its hands on becomes better, you haters are fools who know nothing. they have more money than god and use it to be an industry leader
     

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