Maserati Quattroporte

The Maserati Quattroporte has just been announced as the winner of the ecoTOP 2004 award by the Italian National Association of Painters (ANVER) for the technological innovation and environmental expertise pioneered in the painting process for the car.

The Ferrari Maserati Group is unique in Europe in its use of this technologically advanced paint procedure that has a low environmental impact. The ecoTOP 2004 award is only available to companies who employ high-density or solvent-free, water-based paints in their industrial production, or who use other finishes that minimise the ecological effect of the process.

The official citation for the award was ‘for the innovative pre-treatment and paintwork that is unique in Europe, comprising nanotechnological pre-treatment of the bodywork, cataphoretic primer, powder-based undercoat, water-based paint and a transparent ‘ceramic’ lacquer’.

The ecoTOP 2004 award is particularly significant as this is the first automotive application of the technology. The entire paint cycle of Maserati’s flagship model from pre-treatment to the final phase has a low environmental impact.

Published : 23/11/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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