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A Replacement for Displacement? Luxury Makers Betting On It

Luxury makers Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley explore smaller and alternative engines.

by on Jan.18, 2011

Porsche's 918 RSR race car will use a hybrid powertrain to give it a track edge.

“There’s no replacement for displacement,” goes the old automotive adage, and nowhere has that approach carried more weight than in the luxury market, where big V8s and V12s are the norm, rather than the exception.

At least until now.  But with U.S. regulators looking at a 62 mpg CAFE standard and even tougher restrictions likely to go into effect in Europe, luxury makers like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley are looking to downsize their powertrain line-up.

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The trend is already apparent in the mainstream of luxury models, where four-cylinder gas and small turbocharged diesels have become as much the norm as the exception.  But the shift is beginning to take hold in even the most performance-oriented models, such as those produced by Ferrari, Bentley and Mercedes’ AMG division. (more…)

First Look: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

German maker coming to Geneva Motor Show with all-new SUV, including its first hybrid option.

by on Feb.25, 2010

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne is slightly bigger than the outgoing SUV, but 400 lbs lighter -- and offers the German maker's first hybrid powertrain option.

Porsche is offering us a sneak peek at the all-new version of its big SUV, and among the other notable features of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne, which will make its formal debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, is the fact that it will offer the German performance car maker’s  first-ever hybrid-electric powertrain option.

There were plenty of skeptics when the automaker announced, nearly a decade ago, plans to add a sport-utility vehicle to its line-up, but it didn’t take long after its launch for the original Cayenne to generate a surprisingly strong and – measured over time, loyal – following.

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But a lot has changed over the years and with the overall sport-ute segment feeling plenty of pressure, analysts suggest it’s an appropriate time to be making some changes to the Cayenne formula.