MASERATI UPBEAT ON SALES GROWTH

FIAT luxury brand Maserati is expecting sales growth of seven per cent this year, its chief executive said yesterday, after the car maker presented its first SUV at the Frankfurt auto show. “The [sales] trend of the first eight months of the year will be confirmed for the whole of 2011,” Maserati chief executive Harald Wester told reporters at the car show after unveiling the new Maserati Kubang, the company’s answer to the German Porsche Cayenne.