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Maserati, the Italian luxury car manufacturer plans to double its global dealer network by the end of 2013 from 250, to 500 locations Automotive News Europe reports.

According to Maserati CEO Harald Wester, the brand plans to sell 40,000 vehicles in 2014 and over 55,000 by 2015. Maserati sold 6,159 cars last year and expects its 2012 volume to be about the same.

The Italian automaker has three new models coming, including theKubang SUV that is going to built in Detroit and expected to sell (well) around the world. In addition to the SUV, the new-generation Quattroporte upper-premium is due to debut at the Detroit auto show in January 2013 and go on sale in Europe in the first quarter of next year.

Maserati insists the new Quattroporte will be based on a “new” platform, but it’s likely to feature elements of the Chrysler 300C in its structure.

It is also expected to employ the latest ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, with a stop-start system, in place of the six-speed automatic that’s fitted to some current models.

Also, Maserati plans to move its ferocious exhaust note into other market segments – yes, an unnamed and unseen mid-size sports sedan that will go E-Class and5 Series hunting. The Levante, if that is its name, is aimed at the thick end of the mid-level executive sedan market, meaning the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, and could be equipped with a diesel engine.