The 2016 Maserati Levante surfaces

Thanks to the team over at Motor Authority, we’ve got our first look at Maserati’s new Levante model due to hit production next year and appear in showrooms by 2016. The name Levante comes from Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, Italy, where the Maserati brothers more than a hundred years ago built that company that stills in operation today.

Sources confirm that the vehicle will be sticking to it’s own platform instead of the Jeep Grand Cherokee running gear that was previously reported. The new platform will be a modified version of the real-wheel-underpinning that are present in the Quattroporte and Ghibli. Of course, the vehicle will include the Maserati Q4 all-wheel-drive system as well. The Levante will be similar in length to the midsize Ghibli but with a wider track and will also sit higher due to the fact that it is an SUV.

Maserati looks to target the high-end luxury market like the Porsche Cayenne instead of the typical off-road market dominated by Jeep and Land Rover. Strongest models will be able to hit 60 mph from rest in a little over 5.0 seconds.  The engines will be the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 3.8-liter V-8 gasoline;s found in the Ghibli and Quattroporte models.

Production of the Levante will take place at the Mirafiori plant located in Turin, Italy, which is owned by Maserati’s parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and has the capacity to build up to 300,000 vehicles per year.

Source & Pictures: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1073662_2016-maserati-levante-spy-shots?fbfanpage

Morrie’s Automotive Group takes part in Make A Wish MN’s ‘Walk for Wishes’

 

 

Over the weekend the team here at Morrie’s got the chance to participate in Make A Wish Minnesota’s annual Walk for Wishes event. Powered by wish families, volunteers, donors, and friends, Walk For Wishes® is a spirited 2-mile walk and 5K race. This Make-A-Wish® fundraising event celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. By participating in Walk For Wishes, you can help bring the life-changing impact of a wish to children battling life-threatening medical conditions in our community.

Thanks to the generous donations from our team members, Morrie’s was able to come out on top as the highest fundraising team pulling in just over $4,000 for Make A Wish. Thanks to individual team member Mandy Ewing for raising the most money at over $2,000. The team here at Morrie’s value’s our Buy Happy Giving promise and understand the impact our donation and participation will have on many Make a Wish Families here in the Twin Cities area.

Make a Wish MN grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Minnesota founded in 1982 has granted more than 4,000 wishes to children in Minnesota. In fiscal year 2013, we granted close to 300 wishes, and we expect to grant that number this year.

For more information on Make a Wish MN, please visit their website at http://mn.wish.org/