Maserati unveils its world's first new store concept, Autos Maserati

MILAN: Maserati has recently unveiled its new global retail store concept, debuting with the opening of a new space in the heart of Milan’s historic Magenta district.

Intended to express the automaker’s power and prowess in Italian luxury craftsmanship, the retail concept combines the refinement of a sartoria – a tailor’s atelier – with the rawness of an officina – a workshop, allowing clients to specify their own bespoke needs for their cars.

The concept was co-created with the New York-based experience design firm Eight Inc. and marks a departure from the traditional aesthetics of the “bright and sterile” car showroom.

Maserati unveils its world's first new store concept, Autos Maserati

The inviting new environment presents the cars dramatically spot-lit like dynamic sculptures in a darkened art gallery.

“From the early stages of developing a new car to the complete luxury retail experience, everything at Maserati is designed with the client in mind. Our new store concept embodies our values of passion, innovation and beauty through the lens of Italian luxury. Our wish here is for clients to express their passion by creating their very own Maserati”, said Maserati CEO Davide Grasso.

Outside the store, visitors’ attention is captured by a show-stopping window installation with a single “hero” vehicle set in front of a theatrical backdrop of an LED wall.

Inside, guests are greeted in a contemporary living space that features a large “kitchen island” serving as a hospitality and configuration counter, complete with a bar offering Italian-style espresso, wines or cold-pressed juices.

A palette of earthy colours, evoking old towns in the Italian countryside, is used throughout the interior of the space and is further highlighted by the contemporary loose furniture and displays developed by Cassina Custom Interiors.

Maserati unveils its world's first new store concept, Autos Maserati

Softly lit wall displays feature sliding glass panels, revealing wheel caps and steering wheels exhibited like jewellery, as well as a selection of the softest hand-crafted leather samples.

Clients are encouraged to discover the retail store on their own terms, by experiencing the cutting-edge MXE 3D digital configurator on a large-screen in a private consultation room or by feeling the thrill of the “launch-pad”, in an immersive experience that celebrates the memorable moments of test driving and vehicle handover, culminating with a dramatic reveal of the Maserati car captured on camera for customers to share with their family and friends.

The ultimate Maserati experience available at the new store concept is known as “Fuoriserie”, the Trident’s customisation programme, which allows clients to express their personality and creativity to design one-of-a-kind vehicles.

The new store concept is one layer of the larger Maserati OTO retail experience (“OTO” stands for “online to offline”, and vice versa), which envisions an innovative customer journey developed in close partnership with all dealerships.

The online and off retail experiences are integrated with a series of digital touch points, including “My Maserati Showroom” reservations online portal – debuted in North America – where clients can configure and book their car from the comfort of their home, later completing the purchase at their preferred Trident showroom.

Maserati unveils its world's first new store concept, Autos Maserati

Other innovative digital services, currently available in Italy and North America, are “My Maserati Expert”, which allows clients to request information online, the “Remote test drive”, enabling clients to book and test their car 24/7 at a showroom or at their home, as well as the “Multi-channel service booking”, which allows booking the service appointment easily online.

Following the world premiere here, Maserati will deploy its retail concept in its stores in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Melbourne, Madrid and Berlin by the end of 2022, with many more locations across the world to come in 2023, including Los Angeles, Toronto, London and Tokyo.

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