Maserati has taken the next step in its commitment to hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) with an investment of €800 million ($1.29 billion) in one of its key production hubs.
“Mirafiori will be strengthening its position as a world hub dedicated to the electrification and mobility of the future, with a large proportion of its capacity allocated to the production of the brand's new electrified cars,” Maserati said in a statement.
Maserati confirmed that the GranTurismo and GranCabrio models will be manufactured in Mirafiori, however it’s unclear if the plug-in hybrid Ghibli will come from the same line.
The hybrid Ghibli is slated for release this year, while the electric GranTurismo and GranCabrio are set to commence production in 2021.
Maserati is yet to confirm whether the electrified range will come to Australia. The brand has suffered a rocky few years Down Under, last year slashing prices to lure buyers.
“In terms of timelines and Australian specifics, we’re unable to comment at this stage,” a spokesperson told CarAdvice.
Despite the investment, hybrid and electric vehicles don’t look set to replace petrol models entirely in Turin. Maserati USA boss Al Gardner last year said “[Maserati] needs combustion engines. It needs that raw emotion".