Maseratis among the farm machinery
PROVING THAT THE ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL FIELDAYS AT Mystery Creek is developing into the unofficial New Zealand car show was the presence of luxury brand Maserati.
You’d expect Land Rover to be there with its luxury Range Rovers, and it was – with bells on.
But Maserati? After all it’s a brand famed for its Grand Touring coupes and four-doors and with a racing heritage that stretches back to the 4CLT and 250F Formula 1 cars and 150S and 300S sports racers of the 1950s.
And for the sublime Tipo 60 and Tipo 61 sports racing cars that were active in the cusp of the 1960s.
Maserati at Fieldays? Maserati’s livewire Andy Booth, himself a man with a racing heritage – NZ Grand Prix winner and internationally- and locally-experienced open-wheeler and Touring Car driver – said it was an exercise to promote the brand to farmers.
He was pleased by the level of interest in the brand’s first SUV, the Levante. Booth said showgoers were surprised by the relative affordability of the Maserati.
People who thought the Maserati would tip the price scales north of $250,000 were impressed that it was well under that mark.
Will other prestige brands attend future Fieldays? Mercedesbenz was there this year with its vans, a G-series ute, and a virtual reality exposition of its upcoming X-class ute.
Volkswagen is a Fieldays stalwart and has sold upscale Touareg SUVS off its stand.
And Toyota wheeled out its luxury Lexuses at Fieldays for the first time.
Maserati Levante SUV attracted strong interest at Fieldays.