Maserati and respect for the environment
Maserati's craftsmen and women celebrate their creativity through the use of exquisite natural materials in every Maserati, and because of this they understand the importance of preserving and sustaining the sources of those materials. As such, the environment is something that is crucially important to Maserati.
Maserati is a part of the Fiat Group, which is a leader in corporate environmental initiatives. In addition Maserati continues to take steps within its own organisation and design and engineering departments to further build upon those efforts. As part of this, the Modenese company has established a five-year plan aimed at cutting the consumption and CO2 emissions of its cars.
The project is focused mainly on the engines with the objective being to improve their mechanical and thermodynamic performance. This is to be achieved by advancements with the internal fluid dynamics and through using new strategies for heat management as well as how auxiliary components are operated.
As for the chassis and bodies of the cars, attention will be paid to lowering their weight and to further improving aerodynamics. This is an area in which Maserati has already achieved significant goals thanks to the use of light and innovative materials and through long sessions in the wind tunnel to reduce aerodynamic drag.
The plan to preserve the environment includes the use of materials that contain an ever-higher percentage of recyclable materials and natural components, especially in the interior, with natural fibres, wood and leather.
Another project for the Maserati cars is ‘design for recycling’. This takes into account the ease with which the car can be dismantled and the possibility of identifying materials so that they can be separated clearly into different material types for any eventual re-use or recycling.
Recent models have obtained a substantial fuel reduction in extra urban cycles, with 9% less fuel used by the Quattroporte and 3% less by the GranTurismo.