Maserati announces new GM for Australia and NZ

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Words: Matthew Hansen
6 Apr 2021

As Maserati prepares to tackle some of its most ambitious projects to date, it’s confirmed the appointment of a new general manager for its Australian and New Zealand arm.

Maserati’s former national sales manager Grant Barling has taken over the reigns, bringing experience from brands like Audi and Lexus to the table. Having started his three-decade motoring career with Toyota, he joined Ateco in 2019.

“I’m delighted to accept this new role and lead Maserati as it embarks on a new era,” said Barling. “With the recent release of the Trofeo Collection, alongside the upcoming Ghibli Hybrid, and a raft of future models coming through, it’s a truly exciting time for the brand.”

“Grant was always the front runner given his current responsibilities, and this is a progressive move to build on his recent contributions. Maserati is now well-placed to build on sound fundamentals here in Australia, and we look forward to supporting Grant in his new role,” added Ateco Group managing director Roger Zagorski.

Barling replaces Glen Sealey at the helm. Sealey’s shift comes as Renault Australia joins Ateco’s Australian arm, alongside the likes of Ram, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, and co. Sealey has moved across to take the role of Renault Australia boss.

Renault’s Australian shift will not be replicated in New Zealand — the French car maker confirming to NZ Autocar that it will continue to operate on our shores as an independent distributor.

Barling will oversee a period of significant change at Maserati. The storied Italian marque has just launched its new MC20 supercar, and will shortly unveil a new SUV called the Grecale. The firm is tipped to unveil its first electric car later this year, which is expected to trigger an electrification frenzy across its line-up.

The Ghibli hybrid has just landed in Australasia, with fully electric versions of the all-new Levante, Quattroporte, and Gran Turismo (none of which have been revealed yet) set to be coming down the pipe.

 

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