Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne may have been one of the first to recognize the coming boom of SUVs and crossovers. He axed the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans in favor of additional Ram and Jeep production. That’s worked out well thus far.
Now, he’s turned his sights back to Maserati and the CEO said smaller SUV will come to compliment the Levante SUV, according to Seeking Alpha. Marchionne made the comments during an investor conference call following FCA’s third-quarter earnings.
“[Maserati] needs another car, and that’s something that we just – we had just finished our executive meetings today, I think we’re well on our way to getting that done,” he said. “It needs a smaller SUV than it has today.”
FCA reportedly eyed up a Maserati and Alfa Romeo spin-off earlier this year, but ultimately, Marchionne said both brands are too young for such a move. Right now, he previously said, the focus is on building out their vehicle portfolios and re-establishing the marques.
Maserati chief, Reid Bigland also expressed interest in a second SUV to compliment the Levante. He called the Levante an “engine for growth” and the SUV could push the brand’s global sales to 25,000 units. Last year, the brand delivered 14,000 units worldwide.