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SFDMALEX 10-13-2004 11:15 AM

Ferrari News
Posted by NUNO

Ferrari to spin off Maserati for IPO

TURIN -- Hoping to improve its balance sheet, sports car maker Ferrari is expected to approve Monday the spin-off of its loss-making Maserati luxury sports car subsidiary to Fiat group.

The move is seen as a preliminary step toward an initial public offering of Ferrari shares later this spring.

Ferrari's IPO has been rumored for years, but chronic losses at Maserati have forced a delay in the company's plans to go public.

Fiat group controls 56 percent of Ferrari S.p.A., which in turn owns 100 percent of Maserati.

Terms of the planned sale aren't available, but Fiat group is expected to pay Ferrari in cash for Maserati.

Ferrari originally paid 15.4 million euros for Maserati when it bought the company from Fiat in a transaction completed in November, 1999.

Maserati had been in the red since Fiat bought it from Alejandro De Tomaso in January, 1990.

In 2004, Ferrari-Maserati production surpassed 9,500 units, boosting revenues to 1.5 billion euros. That was up almost 20 percent from 1.26 billion euros in 2003.

Ferrari-Maserati lost 57 million euros in the first nine months of 2004, mainly due to the strong euro and heavy investments in Maserati. The combined company hopes to break even for the full year 2004. In 2003, it reported a 32 million euro operating profit.

Though Ferrari doesn't break out Maserati results, it is clear that, without Maserati, Ferrari would show a substantial profit.

For Ferrari, 2004 was a record in terms of production: It built more than 4,900 units, up from a 1992 record production of more than 4,400.

Maserati production rose almost 60 percent to 4,600 units, a level which doesn't allow it to break event yet. The company made substantial investments to launch two new models last year, the new Quattroporte sporty sedan and the MC12 limited-edition supercar.

By Luca Ciferri
Automotive News Europe / January 31, 2005

Ferrari 575 Updates

Ferrari chose the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to show select customers a prototype 575 with a special glass roof that folds back and rests on the boot-lid when it's open. The novel roof was first shown on Fioravanti's Alfa Vola concept at the 2001 Geneva show. Ferrari has been testing the system since March 2004 and hopes to fit it to a limited edition 575 Berlinetta due in

Ferrari is also preparing a 575 Stradale. It's much like this year's 575 HGTC but even more extreme. Expect to see it at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Source Evo

nejcdolinsek 10-13-2004 02:23 PM

The 575 stradale is gonna be a killer!!!

I predict 560hp, and about 100 kg lighter. 0-100km/h in about 3.9s

redbaron 10-14-2004 12:44 PM

575 Stradale :D :D :D
Can't wait :twisted:

mindgam3 10-14-2004 01:18 PM

the folding roof concept is pretty old news.

Dont see the point of making the 575 a stradale though, its supposed to be a comfy GT not a sportscar like the 360.

No doubt it'll be dam fun tho ;)

Caps8419 10-14-2004 02:31 PM

i hope the 575 stradale is basically a 575gt w/ a nice big stripe!
that car is gorgeous!!!

dons5 10-14-2004 06:43 PM

well i do see a point in making 575 Stradale version because kinda a way to celebrate the 575 GTC, i know thy got the package for the customers on regular 575m, but to make it even more special (and maybe also cause of the new updated vanquish, which i gaurantee is still slower then a 575m) there makin a 575M Stradale version

raphaelws 10-15-2004 12:47 AM

I can't wait do see sound of 575 Stradale!!!

komotar 10-18-2004 05:39 PM


Originally Posted by raphaelws
I can't wait do see sound of 575 Stradale!!!

You're funny... :lol:

numerouno 10-19-2004 03:16 AM

The electro chromatic glass section has five tint settings, including the possibility for having it 100% opaque. For security reasons, this opaque setting will also automatically feature when the car is parked and locked. Other than for the obvious reason of maximum luggage space at all times, another advantage of the system lies in its simple and light-weight structure. The system can also be used on a rear mid-engined layout.
A limited run of 500 examples will be built, whilst the engine has been developed to produce 540 bhp. In the meantime, Ferrari are working out issues regarding dust and debris build up on the glass.
It is rumoured that the new car will be called 575 Berlinetta, whilst prices are anticipated to lie at around USD $325,000.
575 Berlinetta:
Fioravanti's Alfa Vola concept

amenasce 11-04-2004 08:07 AM

There wont be a 575 Stradale.

dons5 11-04-2004 08:07 PM

oh ya? why not and where did u get that from?

amenasce 11-05-2004 09:41 AM


Originally Posted by dons5
oh ya? why not and where did u get that from?

Why ? I dont know. But its someone from Ferrari Spa who told me that at the Paris Show.

dons5 11-05-2004 10:01 AM

ya i wouldnt be surprised if its all bs cause they do got the gtc package out, but then i wouldnt be surprised if they did release it cause for the 360 u could order in more racier parts when ordering a regular 360, this was after the Challenge Stradale camoe out, now they did the same thing with the 575M by offering a GTC pack and then they might release the Stradale version after, kinda vice versa of how they did it with the 360

SFDMALEX 11-25-2004 09:34 PM

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dons5 11-26-2004 04:07 AM

but isnt the Zonda, and Murc convertibles faster?

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