Over 200 orders for the Maserati Levante have been placed in Australia, selling out the initial Australian production run and creating a six-month wait for the SUV in the country.
Maserati Australia boss Glen Sealey said the automaker has received hundreds of orders for the Levante despite no test vehicles being available to drive and minimal advertising.
“The order book is well above 200 and we are pretty much sold out until April delivery,” Sealey told Motoring.com.au.
“That’s all been done without demonstrators or even test vehicles. There hasn’t really been any advertising, it’s just word of mouth. We’ve only just started teasing out advertising.”
Maserati expects to sell around 700 Levantes in Australia in 2017, which would bring its annual yearly sales to around 1,000 units. It currently sells just over 400 units a year in the country between its Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans and GranTurismo sportscar.
Sealey also confirmed Australia would not receive the gasoline powered V6 version of the Levante. The SUV is only available with Maserati’s V6 diesel engine in the country and Sealey says the business case for a gasoline V6 or V8 version isn’t there in Australia.