Maserati’s ‘bold start’ to their centenary year
Maserati is marking its centenary with some real horse-power — on the world’s polo fields and in its showrooms.
The Italian luxury car maker is sponsoring four exclusive polo matches around the globe, including the Jerudong Park Polo Trophy, which supports the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s charities, on June 15 at Cirencester Park Polo Club.
The chukkas aim to showcase the flagship luxury four-door Quattroporte saloon, and the latest new Ghibli executive saloon, which becomes the first diesel-engined Maserati, as well as the drop-dead gorgeous Granturismo Sport. This beauty starts from £90,785, and will whisk you from rest to 62mph in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 185mph, thanks to its 4.7-litre V8 engine.
The drop-dead gorgeous Granturismo Sport
At last month’s Geneva Motor Show, Maserati unveiled a breathtaking ‘design concept’ called the Alfieri coupe and a new Levante sports utility vehicle, which will be launched next year.
It’s also been opening new showrooms across the UK, including Scotland. Park’s Maserati in Hamilton, which will be the sole distributor covering Glasgow and West Scotland, has just opened a new showroom.
Maserati has also just appointed Marshall Motor Group in Peterborough to operate a new dealership to serve Cambridgeshire. New dealerships have also opened in Cardiff, Blackburn, Colchester and Maidstone, Kent.
Peter Denton, manager for Maserati North Europe, said: ‘Maserati has made a bold start to its centenary year.’
You have to admire Jaguar Land Rover’s sunny outlook. It’s just finished installing the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel at its new state-of-the-art engine factory near Wolverhampton.
There, more than 21,000 photovoltaic panels will generate more than 30 per cent of the factory’s energy needs — the equivalent of powering more than 1,600 homes. Now all we need is a bit of sunshine.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you have to hand it to British entrepreneur David Brown, whose new luxury Speedback GT grand tourer bears more than a passing resemblance to James Bond’s favourite Aston Martin, the DB5 of the Sixties, from which it takes its inspiration.
Mr Brown, no relation to former legendary Aston Martin boss Sir David Brown — whose initials form the ‘DB’ moniker on Astons past and present — launches his new craft at the Top Marques show in Monaco on April 17.
It’s built on the underpinnings of a Jaguar XKR and powered by a supercharged Jaguar five-litre V8 engine, and will go from rest to 62mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed limited to 155mph. Expect a six-figure price tag.
Foreign lorry drivers are to be charged up to £10 a day to drive juggernauts on British roads from this week. About 100,000 HGVs make 1.5 million trips to the UK every year. The money will contribute towards fixing potholes and maintaining roads. The new charge is intended to level the playing field for UK truck drivers, who are forced to pay tolls and levies when they drive on Continental Europe, said the Government. About time, too.