Back in 2012, Maserati was selling around 6000 cars globally, but it would like to be selling around 70,000 by 2018. That's a believable target given that it sold around 33,000 units in 2015. Its best-selling model is currently this, the Maserati Ghibli, and more than 90% of those sold are the diesel-engined version. As such, its biggest rivals are the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class.
The Ghibli has been facelifted twice since it was introduced in 2013. Most recently, there have been updates to the engine and gearbox, and considerable changes to the interior and its equipment. Most notable was a new infotainment system, and the addition of more safety tech.
Behind the updated screen and centre console lies better sound insulation, too, which, combined with improved floor mats and carpet, is intended to make the Ghibli a relaxing place in which to while away the miles.
So how does the Ghibli compare with its executive car rivals? Read on over the next few pages to get our full verdict.