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March 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke. Maserati's all-new Ghibli and redesigned Quattroporte sedans thrill with all the lusty performance and high style expected from a brand with a loose connection to Ferrari. But - mama mia! - pity anyone hoping to roll down the window or turn on the lights in either of these Maseratis. This poor soul encounters third-rate plastic pieces that Maserati grabbed out of Chrysler's corporate parts bin. After a week of testing both the 2014 Ghibli and the 2014 Quattroporte, we were left more than a little frustrated by how a shoddy interior can foul an otherwise delizioso dish.
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AUTOS
March 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke. Maserati's all-new Ghibli and redesigned Quattroporte sedans thrill with all the lusty performance and high style expected from a brand with a loose connection to Ferrari. But - mama mia! - pity anyone hoping to roll down the window or turn on the lights in either of these Maseratis. This poor soul encounters third-rate plastic pieces that Maserati grabbed out of Chrysler's corporate parts bin. After a week of testing both the 2014 Ghibli and the 2014 Quattroporte, we were left more than a little frustrated by how a shoddy interior can foul an otherwise delizioso dish.
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AUTOS
May 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Maserati of North America is recalling 7,438 model year 2005-2008 Quattroportes, model year 2008 GranTurismos, and model year 2008 Alfa Romeo 8Cs for a corrosion problem that could lead to a loss of control of the cars. One of Maserati's slogans is "excellence through passion. " GranTurismos that sold for $120,000 or more when brand new still fetch as much as $68,200 after five years. But even Maserati owners have problems with their cars. PHOTOS: The 10 worst cars ever The rear tie rod assemblies on the cars "may have insufficient anti-corrosion material applied, allowing them to weaken and possibly fail," according to documents on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
AUTOS
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
At least it's not called the Bindo. Maserati used Tuesday's Geneva Motor Show to debut a new concept sports car called the Alfieri. The sleek, two-door coupe is named after one of the Maserati brothers who founded the company a century ago. Bindo was his older brother. Naming issues aside, the Alfieri is a compelling concept, for two reasons. PHOTOS: Maserati Alfieri concept First, it's a look at a new model that could very well reach production in the near future.
NATIONAL
May 16, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Just hours after saying "I do," Estrella Carrera was found stabbed to death in her Chicago-area bathtub, still wearing the glittery, sequined dress she wore at her cocktail reception. A manhunt is now underway for her husband, Arnoldo Jimenez, 30, who is believed to have fled the scene in his black 2006 Maserati. A first-degree murder warrant has been issued in his name, according to the Burbank Police Department in Illinois. He is six feet tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.
AUTOS
April 9, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The small Maserati family w elcomed a new car to the lineup Tuesday, as the company announced the all-new Ghibli sedan. The midsize sedan is aimed at cars like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS, and Cadillac CTS . It joins the larger Quattroporte sedan and the GranTurismo coupe and convertible in the Maserati fleet. The new addition is part of Maserati's goal to sell annually 50,000 vehicles worldwide by 2015. In 2012, the company sold 6,300 cars. The automaker hopes to reach this ambitious plan by moving into more volume segments, including the midsize class with the Ghibli, and the SUV segment with the forthcoming Levante.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Nissan is recalling about 13,000 Altima sedans because bolts in the steering system could become loose, fall out and cause drivers to lose control of the car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This recall includes some of the last-produced 2012 model year Altimas and the first of the 2013 model year cars. Nissan discovered the problem after one of the automaker's inspectors heard a rattle in a newly produced car.  Nissan inspected more of the vehicles and asked its dealers to inspect the inventory on their lots.
BUSINESS
May 29, 1986 | JAMES RISEN, Times Staff Writer
Just one week after cross-town rival Ford said it might buy Alfa Romeo, Chrysler said Wednesday that it plans to gain majority control of another Italian sports car maker, Maserati. Chrysler, which already owns 3.5% of Maserati, said it has agreed to pay $33 million to increase its stake in the small auto maker to 15.6% this summer. De Tomaso Industries, Maserati's current owner, has also given Chrysler options to buy up to 48% of the firm by 1989 and 51% control by 1995.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - The Strip's busiest intersection was back in business Friday as police continued their search in four states for a black Range Rover whose occupants opened fire on a Maserati, causing a fiery crash that left three people dead. The incident erupted about 4:20 a.m. Thursday after an argument at a valet stand outside the Aria resort and hotel. The Maserati crashed into several cars at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, including a taxi that burst into flames, killing the driver and his passenger as well as the driver of the Maserati.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - A spectacular predawn crash on the Strip - triggered when bullets fired from a black Range Rover peppered a Maserati - hit this resort city right between the eyes. In the end, three people were dead and a major intersection under lockdown during a three-state manhunt for the shooters, leaving even casino veterans used to the extraordinary scratching their heads. The mayhem was sparked, witnesses told police, by a quarrel early Thursday at a hotel valet stand. The two vehicles left the Aria resort hotel and were heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard at 4:20 a.m., an hour when the casino marquees shine brightly but the gambling thoroughfare is largely empty.
OPINION
January 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
California doesn't require that much of its candidates for state and local office. One of the few rules is that they must live in the district they seek to represent. How hard is that? Apparently too hard for some politicians. State Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a Democrat, was convicted this week on perjury and voter fraud charges. Prosecutors said he lied on his voter registration and candidacy filings by saying he made his home in an apartment in working-class Inglewood. In fact, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Wright was really living with his Maserati, artwork and three guns in a swanky 11-room home in Baldwin Hills, outside the district.
AUTOS
May 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Maserati of North America is recalling 7,438 model year 2005-2008 Quattroportes, model year 2008 GranTurismos, and model year 2008 Alfa Romeo 8Cs for a corrosion problem that could lead to a loss of control of the cars. One of Maserati's slogans is "excellence through passion. " GranTurismos that sold for $120,000 or more when brand new still fetch as much as $68,200 after five years. But even Maserati owners have problems with their cars. PHOTOS: The 10 worst cars ever The rear tie rod assemblies on the cars "may have insufficient anti-corrosion material applied, allowing them to weaken and possibly fail," according to documents on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
AUTOS
April 9, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The small Maserati family w elcomed a new car to the lineup Tuesday, as the company announced the all-new Ghibli sedan. The midsize sedan is aimed at cars like the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS, and Cadillac CTS . It joins the larger Quattroporte sedan and the GranTurismo coupe and convertible in the Maserati fleet. The new addition is part of Maserati's goal to sell annually 50,000 vehicles worldwide by 2015. In 2012, the company sold 6,300 cars. The automaker hopes to reach this ambitious plan by moving into more volume segments, including the midsize class with the Ghibli, and the SUV segment with the forthcoming Levante.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The third victim killed in the wild attack on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning was a Seattle-area businesswoman on her way to the airport. Sandi Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash., was identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office on Friday night as the passenger in a taxi that burst into flames, killing her and the driver, Michael Boldon, 62. The cause of their deaths was listed as multiple blunt-force injuries. The cab had been struck by a Maserati that lost control after being struck by bullets fired from a Range Rover on the Strip, police said.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
LAS VEGAS -- The Strip's most notable intersection was back in business as police continued their manhunt for a black Range Rover whose occupants opened fire on a Maserati early Thursday, causing a fiery crash that left three people dead, including an aspiring rapper. Authorities on Friday were conducting a four-state search for the occupants of the luxury SUV, who police said opened fire on the Maserati about 4:20 a.m. Thursday following a verbal altercation at a valet stand outside the Aria resort and hotel.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - The Strip's busiest intersection was back in business Friday as police continued their search in four states for a black Range Rover whose occupants opened fire on a Maserati, causing a fiery crash that left three people dead. The incident erupted about 4:20 a.m. Thursday after an argument at a valet stand outside the Aria resort and hotel. The Maserati crashed into several cars at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, including a taxi that burst into flames, killing the driver and his passenger as well as the driver of the Maserati.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Rolling gunfire between two cars on The Strip early Thursday left three people dead and three others injured and led to multiple vehicles crashing at the popular intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, police said. The shootout began shortly before 4:30 a.m., when occupants of a black SUV began firing at a Maserati as the vehicles drove along the mostly deserted avenue of casinos. As the shootout reached the crossing of Las Vegas and Flamingo, the cars ran a light and the Maserati collided with a taxi.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2010
2010 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible 2010 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Base price: $139,700 Powertrain: 4.7-litre, 90-degree V-8, normally aspirated, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters Curb weight: 4,365 pounds Bore and stroke: 3.7 in. x 3.33 in. Compression ratio: 11.25:1 Maximum horsepower: 433 @ 7,600 rpm Maximum torque: 361 lb.-ft @ 4,750 rpm includes $3,900 delivery charge to...
NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - A spectacular predawn crash on the Strip - triggered when bullets fired from a black Range Rover peppered a Maserati - hit this resort city right between the eyes. In the end, three people were dead and a major intersection under lockdown during a three-state manhunt for the shooters, leaving even casino veterans used to the extraordinary scratching their heads. The mayhem was sparked, witnesses told police, by a quarrel early Thursday at a hotel valet stand. The two vehicles left the Aria resort hotel and were heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard at 4:20 a.m., an hour when the casino marquees shine brightly but the gambling thoroughfare is largely empty.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Police are searching for a black Range Rover SUV from which gunshots rang out along the city's famed Strip early Thursday morning, sending a Maserati crashing into a taxi and leaving three dead. The incident shut down traffic along some of the most famous real estate in the resort city, at Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, an intersection surrounded by top casino hotels including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Bally's. Police said the Range Rover had paper dealer plates, dark tinted windows and black rims.
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