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Demand Surging for Diesels, Hybrids

Motorists look for cleaner, cheaper options.

by on Apr.18, 2012

Porsche's Cayenne is the latest model to go diesel.

Sales of vehicles that run on something other than gasoline climbed significantly during the first quarter of 2012, with an especially big surge in demand for hybrids and high-mileage diesel products.  The increase mirrors the rapid run-up in the price of gasoline – and has been buoyed by the increased availability of new diesel, battery and other vehicles able to use alternative energy sources.

The Toyota Prius, the world’s best-selling gas-electric model, set an all-time U.S. sales record in March.  And during the first quarter, American hybrid car sales overall increased 37.2%.  The emerging plug-in electric car market saw a sales increase of 323% after a slow and shaky start in 2012. By comparison, the overall automobile market increased 13.4% in 2012, according to new sales information compiled by HybridCars.Com and Baum and Associates.

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“With higher fuel prices, Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars so it’s understandable that diesel and hybrid cars are showing such impressive sales increases,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.


Porsche Bringing New Cayenne GTS to Beijing

Higher power, lower chassis = better performance.

by on Apr.13, 2012

The Porsche Cayenne GTS getting ready to roll into Beijing later this month.

Automakers will get one more shot to trot out their latest and greatest products as the Beijing Motor Show prepares to get underway before the car show circuit takes its summer hiatus.  And Porsche is preparing for China by giving us a sneak peek at the maker’s updated 2013 Cayenne GTS.

Don’t be surprised if it seems familiar.  The GTS has a lot in common, at least visually, with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, including the front fascia and hood.  But under that hood you’ll find a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V-8 that makes 420 horsepower, 20 more than the current Cayenne S model.

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To further improve the fun factor, Porsche is lowering the GTS ride height by 20 mm – or nearly an inch – while also adopting a lower final drive ratio.

The Cayenne GTS isn’t an entire clone of the Turbo.  Exterior modifications include blacked-out window frames and quad exhaust tips, as well as wider fenders, lower sills and a double-wing roof spoiler.


Porsche to Bring Cayenne Diesel to U.S.

Joins increasing portfolio of European diesels.

by on Apr.03, 2012

Coming to America, Porsche's first diesel.

Even the most upscale automakers apparently aren’t immune to the impact of rising fuel prices.

Germany’s Porsche will introduce a diesel-powered version of the big Cayenne sport-utility vehicle next year, the maker planning to introduce the new model during the New York Auto Show this week.

While the Cayenne diesel will see a significant jump in mileage, the maker claims, it also insists a buyer won’t sacrifice much when it comes to performance, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel still able to launch from 0 to 60 in just 7.2 seconds – on the way to a top speed of 135 mph.

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European luxury makers have actually been leading the push into diesel, well ahead of their Detroit and Asian competitors.  Perhaps no surprise considering that diesels account for about half of the overall European automotive market – and a disproportionate share of the luxury segment due to tax and fuel cost advantages.


Clean Diesel Sales Outpace Market Recovery

Diesel demand outpacing hybrids.

by on Jan.16, 2012

Porsche will introduce its first U.S. diesel in an upcoming version of its big Cayenne SUV.

Battery technology may be generating the headlines but diesels appear to be grabbing the buyers.

U.S. diesel sales grew by more than 27% last year and could post another big jump in 2012, industry officials forecast, with a number of makers adding the high-mileage technology to their line-ups.  Among those who are planning to add diesels to their line-up this year are Chrysler, General Motors and Porsche, while other makers, including Nissan, could follow.

“Without a doubt, 2011 was a key year for the industry’s effort to reestablish clean diesel automobiles in the United States,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

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Overall, diesels accounted for more than 3% of the U.S. automotive market last year, with all battery-electric, plug-in and conventional hybrid models combined generating just over 2%.

The diesel market can loosely be divided into two distinct segments: pickup trucks making up the largest, though passenger cars, SUVs and crossovers are rapidly gaining new converts, the data suggest.


First Drive: 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

Green…but still mean.

by on Sep.01, 2009

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is expected to deliver about 28% better mileage than the standard Cayenne V-6, but will match the performance of the SUV with a big V-8.

The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is expected to deliver about 28% better mileage than the standard Cayenne V-6, but will match the performance of the SUV with a big V-8.

The Porsche Cayenne has always struck some folks as a bit of an oxymoron, but the German maker has arguably done as good a job as any manufacturing putting the “sport” back in sport-utility vehicle.  Now, however, Porsche is going a step further, and with the upcoming launch of its 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid, it hopes to prove that an SUV can be mean and green.

Though the hybrid-electric vehicle, or HEV, is still about a year away from production, we were given a chance to log some miles when Dr. Michael Leiters, the project’s program manager, rolled into town with one of his first prototypes.

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At first glance, you’d not spot anything different about the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid – not unless you’d parked on a scale, where it would weigh in about 400 pounds more than the base Cayenne V-6.  Considering all that the carmaker has packed into the various nooks and crannies of the big ute, that’s not as much as you might expect.


Sneak Peek: Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche also unleashing 2010 Cayenne Turbo Diesel

by on Feb.27, 2009

2010 Porsche 911 GT3

2010 Porsche 911 GT3

Ok, we admit it up front, has already offered a look at the Porsche 911 GT3, which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, next week. But how can we resist a few more shots, and a bit more detail.

What’s significant is that we expect the handling of the new GT3 again to be even better than of the outgoing model. When driving the GT3 a while ago, I could not imagine what Porsche engineers could improve. But obviously they still are very inventive.

With twice as much downforce, driving the new GT3 should be the dictionary definition of “on rails.” And for the first time, the sleek Porsche has a sporty tuned PSM, or Porsche Stability Management, system that can be switched on or off in steps.

A fuell efficient Porsche? The Cayenne Turbo-Diesel

A fuel efficient Porsche? The Cayenne Turbo-Diesel

The other Porsche debut in Geneva will be that of the Cayenne Diesel. The SUV now has a V-6 diesel making 240 hp, and it can reach a top speed of 133 mph. The maximum torque of 406 pound-feet is available from 2000 RPM. A six-speed Tiptronic S-transmission is standard. The combination propels the Cayenne from 0-60 mph in just 8 seconds. The PSM stability system and the PTM Porsche Traction Management are also standard.

Meanwhile, with a 26 gallon tank, the Cayenne Diesel is expected to deliver a range of more than 620 miles.