Maserati is more than 100 years old, but the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer has been through several periods of inactivity during that period. It's in better health now, though, thanks to investment from its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The Modena-based brand has three models in its range, starting with the Ghibli saloon, a rival for the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 and the only Maserati available with a diesel engine. The firm also sells a larger saloon, the Quattroporte, that's designed to be a more emotive alternative to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class.
The rest of the range is more sporty, with the GranTurismo and GranCabrio offering V8 thrills and dramatic styling - if not quite the chassis sophistication required for pock-marked British B-roads.
Later in 2016, Maserati will add another type of vehicle to its line-up, when it launches the Levante SUV. The Porsche Cayenne rival is expected to have a major impact on the brand's profile, not to mention its sales and production figures.
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