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Detroit-built Maserati makes a bang in Frankfurt [Photo Gallery]

Italian automaker looks to overtake BMW and Range Rover in luxury SUV market


September 14, 2011
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

FRANKFURT, Ger.—The world’s luxury car makers don’t seem overly worried about the potential of a looming economic downturn.

On a day which saw the unveiling of a new Ferrari and Lamborghini, Maserati unveiled its new luxury Kubang SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show, which will be built at a Chrysler factory in Detroit on the same platform as its Jeep Cherokee.

The SUV is expected to go into production in 2013 but the company is staying tight-lipped about engine specifications. It has promised a V8, 8-speed automatic version.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it is expected the Italian car-maker will go after the luxury SUV market currently dominated by BMW’s X5 and X6, Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport, Mercedes’ AMG SUVs and the Jeep SRT8.

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