Over 20,000 luxury Italian Maserati, including Quattroporte and Ghibi models, manufactured between March 2013 and December 2015 have been recalled in China over fears that a design defect could increase the risk of a collision.
It is claimed by China’s quality watchdog that there is a design issue with the floor mat and the accelerator pedal. They claim that the floor mat could lead to the accelerator pedal becoming stuck in the working position, thus increasing the risk of a crash. Maserati have recalled the cars and have said they will replace the pedals.
Sales of luxury cars in China have suffered in recent years due to a government crackdown on corruption and overt displays of wealth; the slowing in the economy hasn’t helped luxury cars sales either.
China has the world’s largest e-commerce market, with an estimated 700 million internet users. As such, Maserati are among numerous luxury car manufactures that are looking at online retailing as a new source of growth.
Last week Maserati listed 100 new SUV Levantes on its flagship online store via Alibaba the e-retail giant, on Tmall. It’s reported that the car, that’s due to officially launch in China in July, sold out within 18 seconds.
Last year Alibaba agreed to host luxury car retailer China Yongda Automobiles Services Holdings Ltd. Yongda carries a range of car manufactures, and although it’s probably best known for its luxury brand affiliations with makes including Jaguar, Land Rover and Bentley, it does carry non-luxury brands as well.