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Maserati unveils Kubang SUV, exclamation point optional

2012 Maserati Kubang SUV

Maserati has decided to enter the SUV marketplace with its Kubang SUV. A long time coming, the original Kubang concept was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2003. Although the two share a visual lineage, the new Kubang’s styling is contemporary. Maserati has the resources necessary to bring its luxury SUV to market now that the Jeep brand is part of the Fiat portfolio. But Maserati points out that this is not just a rebadged Grand Cherokee, and that it will utilize Maserati components (including engine, suspension, eight-speed automatic transmission, and brakes) to go with the Maserati-specific styling.

2012 Maserati Kubang SUV

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Posted on: 9/14/2011 at 9:48 AM
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13 youths nabbed for racing $2-million worth of exotics

Thirteen youths racing a dream list of exotics cars on public roads outside of Vancouver, Canada, had their vehicles confiscated by police and were ticketed for Driving without Reasonable Consideration, a $196 fine. At approximately 3:30 in the afternoon on August 31, the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received multiple calls about a convey of high-end vehicles driving at extremely high rates of speed. Witnesses reported that vehicles were traveling at speeds up to 124 mph and were slowing traffic to allow room to race.

The cars include an Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 599, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, three Lamborghini Gallardos, three Nissan GT-Rs, and two Maserati GranTurismos. The collection of cars has an estimated worth of more than $2-million dollars.

All the persons ticketed were under 21 years of age; six still had their N, or novice, license. The youths had their cars impounded for seven days as RCMP pursues further charges. The most significant charge under the Civil Forfeiture Act would allow the province to seize the vehicles and sell them as profit, but it is doubtful there is enough evidence. The ticket will cost $196 and the accompanying six penalty points trigger a $300 premium. The young adults are also responsible for the towing and storage costs, which are estimated at $350 each.

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Lamborghini and Mercedes SLS impounded by the RCMP

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New photos of the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

GranTurismo Convertible Sport front

The Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport, which is known as the GranCabrio Sport outside of North America, went on sale this summer as a 2012 model. Following a recent press event, Maserati has released a number of new (and real) photos. Follow the jump to view all the pictures.

GranTurismo Convertible Sport rear

GranTurismo Convertible Sport interior

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Posted on: 7/27/2011 at 8:56 AM
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Report: Exotic manufacturers' sales numbers

Toyota sold 327,804 Camrys in America in 2010, the most of any single car model. More than 250,000 Honda Civics and nearly 220,000 Ford Fusions were sold in the same period. The most prolific exotic cars pale in comparison with these numbers and this was a good year for many. In fact, most mainstream manufacturers sell more of a single model than any single exotic-car range. Exceptions are the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which sold 919 units; Mazda RX-8 with 1,134 cars; Audi TT, which sold 1,531 vehicles; and Toyota Land Cruiser with 1,807 autos. Here is the list of the top exotic car manufacturers in terms of cars sold in America in 2010:

  1. Maserati (1,987)
  2. Ferrari (1,440)
  3. Bentley (1,430)
  4. Aston Martin (1,104)
  5. Lotus (660)
  6. Lamborghini (324)
  7. Rolls-Royce (312)
  8. Maybach (63)
Are the manufacturers faring better this year? Yes. As of May, the year-to-date sales figures are up from 2010 by 24% for Maserati, 22.4% for Ferrari, 16.3% for Bentley, 16.5% for Lamborghini, and 31.8% for Rolls-Royce. Maybach is the only one that is hurting with a drop of 34.5% to just 19 vehicles sold so far in 2011.

2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

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India gets luxury marques and plenty of sticker shock

Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin have all recently announced that they will open new showrooms in two of India’s wealthiest and most populated cities. Unfortunately, at least for the rich people that reside there, the cost of luxury is much higher in India. Federal taxes on imported cars are more than 100 percent of the car’s retail price. Despite some sticker shock that could nauseate some wealthy Americans, India’s growing wealth equals a great opportunity for these luxury marques.

Lamborghini has held a stake in India since 2006, when Exclusive Motors started importing cars into the country, specifically into the city of Delhi. The dealership in Delhi will now compete against a new dealership in Mumbai from AutoHangar, which owns the principle Mercedes-Benz dealer in the same city. The two dealerships will contend for the 8–10 Aventadors that Lamborghini has reserved for the country. The new Lambo flagship will fetch approximately 40,000,000 Indian rupees, or a face-slapping $900,000.

Lamborghini Aventador

Unlike Lamborghini, this is Aston Martin’s first push into the country’s luxury marketplace. Aston Martin held a ceremony just days ago to celebrate plans for two new dealerships to be run by Infinity Group. The entire Aston Martin range except the Cygnet will be up for grabs through dealers in Mumbai and Delhi. Like the cars from Lamborghini, prices may shock some Americans. For example, the Aston Martin Vantage will fetch 13,500,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $305,000; the new four-door Rapide’s price will equate to nearly $500,000; and the rare One-77 will cost 200,000,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $4,520,000.

Like its competitors, Ferrari hopes to be selling news cars out of Delhi and Mumbai in the very near future. Unfortunately, its range will cost just as much: a California will cost 22,270,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $500,000; a 458 Italia will run 25,660,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $580,000, and the 599 GTB will require 33,710,000 Indian rupees, or nearly $760,000. The cars will be offered through the Shreyans group, which will also be working with Ferrari’s sister brand, Maserati, to bring the GranTurismo, Quattroporte, and GranCabrio to India this year.

India, like China, experienced massive GDP growth in 2008 and 2009 when other parts of the world went into decline. As a result, the number of high-net-wealth individuals—individuals with investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, collectibles, consumables, and consumer durables—grew by nearly 51 percent.

[via Wall Street Journal, AutoCar India, Indian Cars Bikes, and World Wealth Report 2010]

Ferrari FF

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The $3,900 Maserati...bicycle

The new Montante bike pays homage to the 8CTF, the two-time Indianapolis 500-winning car by Maserati. Debuting in Paris and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the 8CTF number one at the Indianapolis 500, only 200 models will be produced and numbered and marked with the owner’s name. Each bike is finished in the same dark wine color and accented by same red leather used on the racecar of the 1940s. The handle bars and pedals are finished in chrome and a Maserati logo adorns the frame. Developed and produced by the Montante Cicli, one of the world’s most prestigious bicycle brands, the Montante for 8CTF Maserati will be sold in some of the world’s most prestigious fashion boutiques. Each bike will be sold for approximately $3,900.

Montante Cicli 8CTF Maserati

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A look back at duPont REGISTRY's Top 100 Cars of the Century

In 1999, the duPont REGISTRY held a survey where it asked its subscribers and the visitors to its web site to pick the 10 best cars of the century. Using those opinions, along with the picks from a number of notable persons like Mario Andretti, Don Panoz, Carroll Shelby, and Reggie Jackson, it compiled a list of the Top 100 Cars of the Century and dedicated a special book to its cause (in a way it was the precursor to our annual editorial-based Exotic Car Buyers Guide). The book hit newsstands before the turn of the century and was a great success. Today we are going to take a look back at that list and reminisce on what cars were picked and why and compare it to how those cars would probably rank exactly 10 years later.

Taking the number one spot on our top 100 list was the Lamborghini Diablo. Unveiled in production trim in Monte Carlo in January 1990, the Diablo was in its ninth year and still being produced at the time the book was written. We praised the “devil” for its “staggering 530 bhp from the…5.7-liter V-12,” and “0-60 mph acceleration under 4 seconds.” In the review we wrote “Lamborghini is rumored to be working on the next generation supercar. Though it’s hard to believe, they will create an automobile that will surpass our number one car in speed, power, and aerodynamic style.” Of course none of us knew the Lamborghini Murciélago was going to be so fast and so powerful and garnish as much admiration from the motoring public with its stout 580-hp 6.2-liter V-12 engine as it did. However, looking back, we can’t help but think that if a Lamborghini were to make the top ten list, shouldn’t it be the Lamborghini Countach? A model that has influenced the styling of all the company’s cars for the past 40 years.

Continue our look back at the top 100 cars of the last 100 years.

Lamborghini Diablo Number One

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2010 Exotic Car Buyer's Guide

duPont REGISTRY's 2010 Exotic Car Buyers Guide is your ultimate source on the newest exotic and luxury cars and accessories. This issue offers modified exotics, a wheel guide, and more than 110 reviews of the top exotic and luxury cars from all the premium manufacturers.

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Part of Rothstein's exotic car collection to go to auction

Scott Rothstein was able to use his position as a lawyer to coax millions of dollars out of people that trusted him. The man known for wearing and driving in only the best, Rothstein is now awaiting sentencing in what has turned out to be a $1.4-billion Ponzi scheme. Rothstein’s sentencing is June 9, 2010, where he faces up to 100 years in prison. In the meantime, ten of Rothstein’s cars, only a small part of his exotic car collection, will be going up for auction on June 3, 2010, to give back some of the money to those he swindled.

Among the cars to go up for auction that day are a 2008 Bugatti Veyron, two red Ferrari 430 Spiders (a 2006 and a 2008), a 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670 SV, a white 2009 Bentley Continental GTC, a red and black 1967 Corvette, a yellow 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster, 2008 Cadillac Escalade, a blue 2009 Maserati GranTurismo, and a 2007 Ford Expedition limo.

If now of these vehicles perk your interest, we are still awaiting a 1990 Ferrari F40, a silver 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom, 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2008 Mercedes-Benz S65, and a couple boats to go up for auction.

[via Sun Sentinel and Rick Levin Auctions]

Rothstein Exotic Car Auction

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Ferrari and Maserati future models revealed

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne announced yesterday the product plan for the Ferrari and Maserati lineups up to 2014. The future Ferrari models include the 458 Italia Spider and new 612 Scaglietti (code: F151)—which may also offer the hybrid technology first shown in the 599 Hybrid concept—for 2011, special-edition series Enzo and an all-new 599 Fiorano (code: F152) for 2012, and a 458 Scuderia and a makeover for the California in 2013 (code: California M).

The future for Maserati is less robust. It plans to offer only two new models in the next four years. One unnamed model will bring the brand downscale and is designed to compete directly against the Mercedes-Benz E63, BMW M5, and Audi S6. The other model will replace the Quattroporte as the marque’s four-door sport sedan and cost a bit less than the car’s current base price of $119,000.

[via Jalopnik]

Ferrari 599 Hybrid Concept

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