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History of Maserati

Maserati was founded by brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore, and Ernesto Maserati in Bologna, Italy in 1914.

The brothers sold the company to Adolfo Orsi in 1937. Orsi made it a point to race Maserati vehicles and enjoyed many wins. However, Maserati stopped focusing on racing in 1957 after an accident during a race resulted in the death of 13 spectators. Instead, the company shifted to designing and manufacturing models that were intended for road use.

Although Orsi continued to head Maserati throughout the 1960s, the company was led by Citroën, a French car manufacturer, starting in 1968. Citroën aimed to overhaul Maserati by introducing new models.

Another change was realized in 1975 when Maserati was taken over by Alejandro de Tomaso. The next transfer of ownership occurred when Fiat purchased Maserati in 1993.

Maserati spent eight years under the Ferrari umbrella after the car manufacturer and distributor purchased a 50 percent share of the company in 1997. Although the companies had been rivals at one time, Ferrari integrated the Maserati brand as its luxury vehicle offering while the brand was partially owned by Ferrari.

Today, Maserati is a joint-stock company owned by Fiat S.p.A. and headquartered in Modena, Italy. The car manufacturer and distributor brings in an annual revenue of approximately $760 million and sells over 6,000 vehicles every year.

Three models are currently available from Maserati (as of 2012):

• The Quattroporte is a luxury full-size vehicle that has four doors. It has been offered during five separate time periods since 1963, and the current model is called the Quattroporte V for this reason.

• The GranTurismo is a sports coupe that has been manufactured since 2007.

• The GranCabrio is the same as a GranTurismo, but it is offered as a convertible instead of a coupe. This model has been available since 2009.