An entire fleet of Maserati Quattroporte purchased by the government of one of the poorest states in the Pacific. Who knows what interest or what crazy idea the executive of the Papua New Guinea when in 2018 he bought 40 examples of the Trident sedan as a service car for the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) summit, held in the region. A wicked choice given that the fleet cost over $ 5 million, in a state where most of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.
Add to this the fact that there are no Maserati dealers in Papua New Guinea, with the brand not operating in the Pacific state. The government therefore had to buy the 40 Quattroporte from a dealer in Sri Lanka and import them by plane. Three Bentley Flying Spurs were also traveling on the same jumbo at the time.“If we had had a little foresight, the Maseratis would not have been bought in the first place”Finance Minister John Pundari said. “We made a terrible mistake. If you don’t have Maserati dealers in PNG, there was no reason to buy Maserati. ” Last year some local newspapers had advanced the hypothesis that the cars had been stolen or had disappeared, with the prime minister having been forced to organize a meeting with the press to show how the 40 Maseratis were still in place. The doubt raised by journalists it was actually more than legitimate since another 300 cars (including Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford, Mazda and Mitsubishi Pajeros) were also important on the occasion of the summit, which in the end really disappeared into thin air.
Papua New Guinea’s finance minister recently announced that the Maserati Quattroporte will be offered at a “discounted” price, with the government setting the cost of each car at 400,000 Papuan kine, about 98,000 euros compared to the initial purchase of 500,000 K (about 122,000 euros at current exchange rates.