It shouldn't even need to be said, but Kubang just isn't a good name for a Maserati – and that's not just because it sounds like onomatopoeia for the noise a Biturbo makes just before it becomes a Monoturbo.

When the name first surfaced on a 2003 Detroit Auto Show concept, the Modenese automaker said that Kubang was named after an Indonesian wind. But if we are to believe this guy, "kubang" actually means "quagmire" in Javanese. So maybe it actually is appropriate for the production version of this Maserati concept, which will have the most confused bloodlines of any product to wear the Trident since the infamous Chrysler TC.

But seriously, we completely understand why the Fiat brass would prefer that the Maserati crossover be called something as banal as "Cinqueporte," which not only complements the Quattroporte sedan, but literally translates to "five-door." That the name has reportedly been registered in Italy only makes sense – if for no other reason than to keep someone else from using it.


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      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about Quattropneumatici?
      juststudent
      • 3 Years Ago
      Indonesian has word 'kubangan' which means mudhole and 'berkubang' which literally means going into mudhole (or in proverb, it means 'directly involved'). I don't know the origin or meaning of the word 'kubang' (without any prefix or suffix), but it seems the meaning would be 'mud'. Although I laugh when I heard of maserati kubang, I've never thought that kubang in maserati kubang would refer to kubangan. Really an inappropriate name coming from luxury brand. If the said article to be believed, omitting the 'm' from 'Kumbang Wind' would be a great mistake. But even 'kumbang' itself isn't a cool word since it only means 'beetle' in Indonesian. So... Maserati Beetle LOL
      • 3 Years Ago
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        kylen20
        • 3 Years Ago
        this is more an X5, Q8, M Class fighter then a fancy Fancy Suburban Fighter
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Escalade is just an overdressed hooker Yukon.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And just when I thought "Quattroporte" was the most unimaginative name in the auto industry...
        ToyotaSupraMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Testarossa = red head = red valve covers Everything sounds better if foreign, don't you know?
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      kubang is bad but cinqueporte isn't better for this styleless thing. please DON'T..maserati.
      nattomethane
      • 3 Years Ago
      El seƱor Castro ordered one.
      jonwil2002
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why the hell does Maserati even NEED a crossover? There are plenty of other parts of the Chrysler-Fiat empire that could produce whatever crossovers Fiat thinks they need to sell in whatever markets. The only thing worse is the reports that Lamborghini is going to be making a crossover...
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