I Googled it too and immediately found these other stories. I saw this story and thought is was worth posting here but it seems you are more intent on killing the messenger than talking about whether it could possibly be true. Does having to meet stricter CAFE standards make it more plausible? :Why is it that when I google "Maserati hybrid" the only recent link I get for this **HUGE** story is the one above from a site I've never heard of? Though I know it's March I actually thought for a second that it might be April 1st.
If it's official, as that report claims, I'd enjoy a link to a source which is a bit more official.
All of the stories say basically the same thing whether you give credence to the site that is reporting it or not: Maserati is working on a hybrid in order to meet stricter CAFE standards. And Harald, the CEO of Maserati doesn't like the idea of using hybrid technology but reluctantly admits they will probably have to (quote below):My post wasn't the least bit concerned with the messenger - purely interested in the legitimacy of the story, but more than that it was a question: why is such big news unreported? Those other two articles aren't following the same thread, which, in the case of the first article, is Harald essentially damning the electric car concept, nor do they suggest that hybrids will proliferate across the lineup. The first article combines the two, clearly suggesting that Harald is damning his company's chosen path, which, if true, is *huge* news. Petrol heads would find this highly interesting yet it's almost nowhere to be found outside of insideevs, a site I'm entirely unfamiliar with. Naturally, we'd have to question the story. Online blogs have a habit of drawing fantastic conclusions and connecting distant dots for the sake of generating interest in their site. My question was (in a nutshell): is that what this site is doing? If not, who else is reporting it?
Instead of obfuscating the topic at hand with replies like that, how about just answering this simple question: Why do you feel that the possibility that Maserati could be working on a hybrid is fodder for an April Fools joke? Especially when you consider those were actual quotes from the CEO of Maserati?The forum doesn't allow politics or religion so I'll try to stay in-bounds here, but passion has ensured that neither side of the argument will be 100% honest (to be kind let's say "accurate") about their research so an aggregate, formed from all data, is about the best we can expect. Then there's the interpretation of that data. Then there's the incredible power of Special Interests. Then the media spin (in both directions). Etc., etc., etc. It's no surprise that these issues lose to molasses in a leg race.
At what point it become personal?I'll just say that 2nd post covers it adequately and without obfuscation. Beyond that I'm uninterested in making this benign topic personal.