Maserati announces plans for electrification and introduction of autonomy in vehicles

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In line with FCA’s €5bn (US$5.5bn) investment program for Italy, Maserati has solidified its plans for production, electrification and introduction of autonomous driving technologies.

The 2019-2021 FCA investment plan in Italy includes 13 totally new or significantly updated FCA models and electrified versions of 12 new or existing models. That includes the Maserati products, the all-new electric version of the Fiat 500 to be produced at Mirafiori, and a new premium vehicle for Alfa Romeo to be produced at Pomigliano.

All of its new models will feature hybrid and battery-electric propulsion. Updated and new models will offer a range of autonomous driving capabilities, starting with Maserati Level 2 enhanced highway assist, progressing to Level 3 with hands-off offering close to full autonomy.

In 2020, the company will embark on electrifying its portfolio, with the Maserati Ghibli as the first hybrid-electric variant.

Meanwhile, the first brand-new all-electric Maserati model will be produced in the Modena plant, where major upgrades are underway to enable the electric powertrain to be built.

Next will be a new Maserati utility vehicle, which will be built in Cassino. An investment of approximately €800m (US$875m) has been earmarked for the construction of the new production line, scheduled to open at the end of the first quarter of 2020. The first pre-series cars are expected to roll off the line by 2021.

After many years of success, GranTurismo and GranCabrio remain part of the brand’s roots and these models will herald the full electrification era for Maserati. The totally new GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be produced at the Turin production hub, where FCA is investing €800m.

Construction has already begun in Modena on a paint shop, a new feature of the plant, which will be equipped with technologies that have a low environmental impact.

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