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.

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