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Since Maserati unveiled the GranTurismo almost a year ago in Geneva, the question on everybody's mind has been, when is the convertible coming? The Trident marque from Modena has finally answered the call, announcing that, although it has yet to decide which show will feature its debut, the convertible will hit the market in March 2009.

Based on the GranTurismo's platform, itself shortened from the four-door Quattroporte's, the remaining question is what form the convertible will take. Although Maserati is thought to be developing a hardtop convertible, sources suggest the upcoming model will adopt a folding soft top, leaving the door open for a smaller hard-top convertible in the future.

The convertible GranTurismo will fill a void in Maserati's line-up created by the departure of the previous-generation Spyder – which ended production along with the GranSport and Coupe – and will form a vital component to achieving its sales targets. When the final figures come in later this month, Maserati expects to post its first profitable year since being taken over by the Fiat Auto Group some 17 years ago, buoyed by steadily increasing sales: In 2006 Maserati sold 5,714 units, rising to 7,353 units in 2007, anticipated to reach 9,000 in 2008, putting the company on track to reach its target of 12,000 vehicles annually by 2011.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks pretty sweet for a car named after a Playstation game. I think I'll buy it. How many credits?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You have to be kidding me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah are you an a-hole or something?

        Anyway, back on topic, I saw a red coupe w/ tan interior in town this summer and I was mesmerized...as were the 3 or so other people who simply stopped on the sidewalk and gazed at the thing. It's absolutely amazing. I hope the drop-top looks just as sexy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, just an a-hole magnet, apparently.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sold. The GrandTurismo is a beautiful car and a convertible? forgetaboutit
      • 7 Years Ago
      That front end sure looks pissed off!
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can stretch a car to make it bigger. You can't squish a car to make it smaller.

      The QuatroPorte is way more balanced looking.

      This looks like it was left in the microwave too long! Its a fat, heavy tourer. This is NOT a sports car. And try sitting inside one, spend some time in it. They are NOT very comfortable. The seats are hard, the plastics are hard, etc. In this premium segment, it is missing the interior finesse. Do we have to ask for glove soft leather in a Maserati?