Maserati will reportedly halt production at its factories over the year-end period due to declining demand for its vehicles.
According to Automotive News Europe, the Grugliasco (which builds the Ghibli and Quattroporte) and Mirafiori (which makes the Levante) factories will commence production only in the middle of January 2018, after the former shut down on December 15 and the latter on December 20.
Meanwhile, the Modena factory, which assembles the GranTurismo and GranCabrio, will re-open slightly earlier, on January 8.
According to the report, Maserati sales have been on the decline in various markets, including China. Still, metalworkers union FIOM estimates that the Italian brand will produce 43 000 cars in 2017, which is a small increase over 2016.
While the brand enjoyed a steady increase in sales over the first three quarters of 2017, the past three months have seen a decline, with EU sales dropping 4% and US sales by as much as 15%.
Earlier this year, both Alfa Romeo and Maserati cut back on production due to dwindling sales.