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“After Beijing, we will retire the Kubang concept. Our SUV will reappear in its production form and with its final name in due time,” Maserati CEO Harald Wester told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the show.
Sources say the production version of the SUV will appear at the Detroit auto show in January 2014.
In Beijing, the Kubang was located near one of its future rivals, the Lamborghini Urus concept.
Maserati, Lamborghini and Bentley want to enter the SUV niche a decade after Porsche broke with tradition and rolled out the Cayenne in 2002. The Cayenne–not the brand’s iconic 911–accounted for half of Porsche’s 118,867 sales in 2011.
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The car Volvo unveiled on Tuesday at the Frankfurt motor show follows in the path of the Universe concept shown in Shanghai, with more sporty styling and a strong emphasis in the interior. Chief designer Peter Horbury says the fastback shape was dictated by customer preferences.
Maserati revealed the Kubang concept Tuesday at the Frankfurt motor show, and the vehicle is a strong indication of what the production SUV will look like. It will use Jeep underpinnings but has a completely unique, Italian-styled body penned in Modena.
At the Frankfurt motor show, Mercedes-Benz revealed its vision of how the range-topping S-class coupe will evolve against a backdrop of increasingly tightening emission standards with the unveiling of a bold new research vehicle called the F125.
Set to go on sale in June in Europe, the Q3 is Audi’s third dedicated SUV model, following the Q5 and the Q7. Ingolstadt officials are remaining tight-lipped on plans to put the five-seater on sale in North America, although it might hit local showrooms late next year as a 2013 model.
The Q3 is based on the same platform structure as the recently facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan, with which it also shares transversely mounted engines and gearbox combinations.