The future of Maserati is looking brighter after the company posted impressive sales gains in key markets this year.
Maserati CEO Harald Wester says deliveries are up 20 percent around the world through August compared with 2009. Deliveries are up 49 percent in the United States, 60 percent in China and 62 percent in the UK.
Gains have been helped by the launch of the four-seat convertible GranCabrio, which sold 1,100 units through August, as well as a new version of the Quattroporte introduced this year.
The race-bred MC Stradale joins the lineup in the first part of 2011 in some markets, and it's the first Maserati to break the 300-kph barrier, posting a top speed of 301 kph, or 187 mph. The car will be the fastest, lightest and most powerful in Maserati's lineup.
“Maserati is back again on its track,” Wester said at the Paris auto show, where the MC Stradale was revealed.
Wester also hinted at future products that could round out the Maserati portfolio. A smaller sedan is possible, he said.
Maserati is also developing a proprietary engine and platform for the next Quattroporte. Like other supercar makers, it's also paying close attention to weight reduction and fuel economy, Wester said.