Maserati S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars of luxury car group Fiat S.p.A.
The Italian brand of high-end Maserati sports cars was founded in Bologna by Alfieri Maserati in 1914. Maserati emblem is the Trident, inspired by the statue of Neptune that adorns the main square
The brand was acquired in 1937 by the Italian businessman Adolfo Orsi, under whose direction Maserati produced the first automobiles in which the luxury received the same attention that the power. In 1968, Maserati was acquired by Citroen, which in turn sold it in 1975 to a trust administered by the former pilot of Formula 1 Argentine Alejandro de Tomaso. De Tomaso, with the help of the Ghia Designer, created some of the most interesting cars of all time: Ghibli, Khamsin and Bora, Kyalami models biturbo, among others. These names were taken from famous winds from Africa and Asia.
In 1993, Maserati was bought by the Italian company Fiat S.p.A. Maserati sales in 2004 represented an increase of 62% compared to the year 2003. Much of this growth was due to the demand of the Maserati Quattroporte, the 4-door model.
It is noteworthy history sports car brand, with presence and triumphs at international level during the 1930, 1940 and 1950. The maximum points from this activity were World Formula 1 Championships with Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 (shared with Mercedes-Benz) and 1957. Also contained in the palmares of the brand of 1939 and 1940 Indianapolis 500 miles, with Wilbur Shaw at the wheel. The latest triumph of an engine Maserati in Formula 1, equipping a Cooper chassis, was the Grand Prix of South Africa from 1967 that Pedro Rodríguez won.
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