However, the Italian Ministry of Defense has recently ordered 19 range-topping Maserati Quattroporte limousines for government officials. It comes to no surprise that the move has caused an outrage in Italy as the ministry is supposed to cut its budget by €2.5 billion over the next three years. “At a time when millions of Italians are being affected by a very serious economic crisis, is there a good reason for the defense minister to add 19 armored Maseratis to the ministry’s car park?” questioned opposition MP Emanuele Fiano in the parliament. The defense minister, Ingazio La Russa, accused the opposition of conducting a “witch hunt” since he says that the vehicles were paid for with funds from the 2008-2009 budget, before Silvio Berlusconi's government introduced the cuts. “What’s the problem? Maseratis are Italian and they cost less than their German equivalents", he added.
Well, both sides have their valid points in their respective argument. However, at this point in time, the Italian government should be watchful in their spending in order not to incur the wrath of the general public.