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Fiat Plans Future Maserati Based On Chrysler 300C, Epic FAIL to Ensue

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Chrysler, Design, Fiat, Luxury Cars, Maserati, New Cars, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | October 27th, 2009 | 8 Responses |


Apparently unaware of the slightly less than favorable reputation Chrysler brand products (Dodge and Jeep notably excluded) enjoy in the U.S., Fiat apparently intends to use the Chrysler 300C as the underpinning for its new, entry-level Maserati Quattroporte. We’ll give you a minute to digest that.

According to reports, Fiat’s new Carrozzeria Bertone factory will be charged with producing two new products upon its grand opening in 2011, both of which will be underpinned by Chrysler platforms. The first is expected to be the replacement for the current-generation Lancia Thesis while the second is the subject of both the first half of this article and our open skepticism. To date, Fiat has offered little details on the two new models other than to say a detailed outline of their plan will be revealed in early November. Until that time, you are free to submit your renderings of a Maserati 300C nightmare.

Source: 4WheelsNews

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8 Responses

  1. FuzzyPlushroom says:

    It’ll go over like a Routan.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not sure if you guys got the memo, but the 300C is actually a pretty rad car.

  3. Will says:

    Shades of the Chrysler TC by Maserati.

    I think they should call it the Maserati W210 by Chrysler. They can save even more money by copying the TC’s old “trident inside the pentagon” logo.

  4. Mike the Dog says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the 300 use a lot of Mercedes based components? This could get awkward.

  5. Nathan Redden says:

    If that were my opinion on the 300C, I would also post anonymously.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Please explain why an SRT-8 300C is a bad car.

  7. mtaylor says:

    isnt it time to start people drooling about the next design of the chrysler 300c concept. may we please see a picture sometime soon…………………pretty please

  8. The Chrysler 300 is one of the greatest American cars currently made. It has icon and cult status simultaneously. The car is seen in more modern gangster and mobster films, hip hop videos (almost as much as the Crapillac Escalade), commercials and magazines. It exudes attitude. Ford and GM have copied the snub nose, chop top design extensively in their new line of mid sized cars- very obviously. I owned a Dodge Magnum (also based on the same platform) and that was one of my fave cars of all time. Even with the big V6 and AWD it beat older Mustangs and most Rice Burners off the line, with the A/C and stereo blasting! In 2006 driving my bone stock Magnum I got looks and comments every day. Old ladies, Hipsters, house wives all wanted one.
    I also think the synergy between FIAT and Chrysler will be great. Unlike the strip and flip mentality of the Benz Boys, FIAT is in for the long haul and the companies compliment each others product line perfectly. I am excited!