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.
Maserati is poised to begin its rebirth with a new Quattroporte large sedan.
It is simply untrue, he says.
And Wester is probably right. Originally, the company conceived the new Quattroporte to have a higher level of carry-overs from the 300, then changes were made to the rear suspension, front suspension and engine bay structure that removed many of those carry-overs.
One other thing the new Quattroporte and the 300 still have in common is an eight-speed automatic transmission. But it is from neither Chrysler nor Maserati. It's from German supplier ZF, which provides it to many automakers, including Jeep for the revised Grand Cherokee.