Sunday, December 1, 2013

2013 LA Auto Show Video: Maserati's Harald Wester

The Maserati Ghibli is powered by a 330 horsepower 3.0 liter Twin Turbo V6 engine mated to a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, designed by the Maserati Powertrain engineers and built at the Ferrari plant in Maranello. The five operating modes, selected using the buttons on the left-hand side of the gear lever are: Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport and I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency). The models of the entry-level Maserati are the Ghibli, 350 horsepower Ghibli S, 410 horsepower Ghibli S Q4 and Ghibli diesel.

German-born Harald Wester started his career at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, joined Ferrari S.p.A. in 2002 and Fiat Group in 2004 and was appointed CEO of Maserati S.p.A in 2008. Wester wears many hats: Chief Executive Officer of Alfa Romeo Automobiles, Chief Technical Officer for Fiat Group and Fiat Group Automobiles and Chief Executive Officer of Maserati and Abarth.

Wester discusses the Maserati Ghibli and expected sales. (Click below for interview)