It’s impossible to be a high-end automaker in today’s market without at least teasing an electric model, and Maserati’s Folgore (Italian for lightning) line was intended to fill that niche. After delays to the planned battery-electric GranTurismo Folgore and Grecale Folgore, Maserati has also made the decision to delay — if not scrap altogether — the electric Quattroporte sedan. Maser claims it is concerned about the performance numbers its electric machines are producing, but Italian media suggests that Stellantis is looking to significantly cut the brand’s costs.
The previous-generation Maserati Quattroporte (pictured above) exited production in Q4 of 2023. It was available with either V6 or V8 powertrains, neither of which were electrified. The brand’s other sedan, the smaller Ghibli, also ended production late last year, and won’t be replaced. The next-gen QP is intended to be the only sedan in the Maser lineup. This quarter, the brand is planning to lay off 1,000 employees from the Mirafiori factory where the Quattroporte was made, and the Modena factory which produces the MC20 sports car will also see an additional 220 employees laid off due to “steep decrease in market demand” for the quarter-million dollar two-seater.
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