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Maserati Halts Development Of Electric Quattroporte

Maserati, Stellantis’ luxury brand, has announced that it is stopping development of its Quattroporte Folgore battery-powered big car, putting roadblocks in the way of its transition to an all-electric lineup. The brand is worried about the performance of the new automobile, according to the official justification for the move, but there may be more concerning reasons at play.

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More specifically, it appears from sources in Italian media that Stellantis is in the process of developing the business case for its flagship electric car. The manufacturer reportedly asked suppliers to lower part pricing by 6% as part of cost-cutting initiatives; this request was made in 2023 as well.

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo

This setback marks the third delay in Maserati’s electric vehicle lineup, following the postponed launches of the battery-electric versions of the GranTurismo coupe and Grecale midsize SUV. The latter was originally expected in 2023 but is now scheduled for release later this year. A zero-emissions version of the GranCabrio is also currently under development for a planned release in 2024. The GranTurismo Folgore is now finally on sale and deliveries are underway.

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The Levante is a component of the Dare Forward 2030 initiative for complete electrification. The SUV should also get a completely electric variant by the middle of the decade, completing the brand’s original EV line. Early information indicates that the Levante Folgore will likely be powered by a scaled-down version of the GranTurismo Folgore’s three-motor configuration.

However, the company’s manufacturing issues go beyond the hold-ups in development. It has been claimed that from February 12 to March 3, Stellantis will temporarily lay off 1,000 Maserati production workers at the Mirafiori factory in Turin, Italy. In addition to the Quattroporte, this plant also manufactures the huge SUV Levante and the large coupe GranTurismo.

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