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The Maserati Parts Bin Trickles The Wrong Way

Truck YeahThe trucks are good!

The 2017 Maserati Levante, an Italian SUV with a name that’s all like LEVANTE!, apparently has a lot of parts that are from a pickup trup with a name like, well, Ram. Also, according to our own David Tracy, former Fiat Chrysler engineer, they look very similar to parts in the Chrysler 200.

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It might not be exactly based off of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but just imagine getting into your new LEVANTE!, with a name almost-but-not-quite-entirely-as-good as KuBANG!, and your gilded Italian fingers coming to rest across the same peasant plastic that graces those of a simple, good, salt-of-the-Earth work truck for the People.

Obviously, that will not do at all.

We’re not against the idea of parts-sharing entirely. It makes a lot of business sense, and when done well, it’s great. Take Mercedes, for example. Its idea of “parts-sharing” involves making the same monstrous AMG V8 available in damn near all its cars, and there’s no way we’re going to complain about that. Its ever-so-cromulent van, the Metris, is positively filled to the brim with parts out of the common bin. But those parts actually come straight off the S-Class megayacht, so you get an oddly-sized cargo van with perfectly crafted aluminum window toggles.

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Good on you, Mercedes. Parts should trickle down, not up.

Deputy Editor, Jalopnik. 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross.

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Chariotoflove

I would love to have switch gear made out of actual metal on a luxury our near luxury car that I can actually own (or at least fantasize about owning some day), but does that actually happen? Isn’t the best we can hope for a nicer grade of plastic, and perhaps coming from a different mold so it doesn’t look just like the ones in a down-market plebe-mobile?