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Porsche Debuting New GTS Models in Beijing

Boxster, Cayman get additional 15 horses.

by on Apr.14, 2014

The 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS gets a 3.4-liter six cylinder putting out 330 horsepower this year.

Most makers are getting ready for their new introductions in New York, but Porsche plans to debut the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS at the Beijing Auto Show later this week.

The newest members of the GTS family are earning their stripes with more powerful engines and upgrades to the vehicles’ standard equipment.

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The Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS boast mid-mounted 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine delivers that both additional 15 horsepower compared with their “S” model counterparts. The Boxster GTS comes in at 330 hp with 273 lb.-ft. of torque while the Cayman GTS has 340 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. (more…)

The 10 Most Collectible Cars for 2013

Hagerty Hot List picks most likely classics in 20 years.

by on Feb.04, 2013

The reborn SRT Viper, (shown with the old Dodge version), is the most expensive model on the 2013 Hagerty Hot List.

It’s been a good year for classic car collectors – and even better for those who have put their cars up for auction.  All sorts of records fell during the annual gathering of collectors in Scottsdale, Arizona last month and observers expect to see even more tumble in the months to come.

There are some vehicles, like early-model Ferraris and rare ‘60s muscle cars, that always seem to command a high price when the gavel comes down. But there are plenty of other collectible models that also do well for owners.

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So, if you’re looking to buy a new car not just to drive it today but perhaps to have a collectible 20 years from now, how do you know what to pick? That’s where the Hagerty Hot List comes in. It’s the work of Hagerty Insurance, one of the industry leaders in providing coverage for classic cars. And the list is designed to provide a tip sheet on reasonably affordable vehicles from the 2013 model-year that are likely to be in high demand 20 years from now.


First Look: 2014 Porsche Cayman

More muscle, better mileage.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Lighter, longer and wider - as well as more powerful and fuel-efficient - the 2013 Porsche Cayman.

Porsche intends to extend its winning strike as it launches an all-new update of its smallest sports coupe, the Cayman, which made its first public appearance during a well-attended debut at the LA Auto Show.

Like the similarly sized Boxster roadster, the 2013 Porsche Cayman is lighter and sleeker, with a longer wheelbase and wider track designed to enhance both its visual appearance and its road manners.  Porsche engineers also have pulled off the seemingly impossible, as they did with several other recent models, not only boosting performance but squeezing out significantly better mileage.


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“The new version is lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than ever,” said Matthias Mueller, CEO of the Stuttgart-based maker – which effectively became part of the growing Volkswagen AG empire this year.

The 2013 Porsche Cayman S can launch from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in barely 4.7 seconds.


VW/Porsche Merger Likely Dead, But Makers Still Expanding Ties

VW to start building Porsches later this year.

by on Mar.19, 2012

Porsche CEO Matthias Muller with the newly redesigned Boxster at the car's Geneva Motor Show debut.

The on-again/off-again Volkswagen-Porsche merger appears to have moved into the indefinite hold category, but that doesn’t mean the two German makers won’t expand their ties.  In fact, VW will begin producing the all-new Porsche Boxster, later this year, alongside the Golf Cabriolet.

With Porsche facing numerous lawsuits over its failed attempt to pull off the David v Goliath acquisition of larger VW, several years ago, the potential financial liabilities have all but scuttled a merger, Porsche officials suggested during a meeting with industry analysts.

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The meeting “confirmed our view that a merger of Porsche and VW is not possible,” said analyst Jochen Gehrke, of Deutsche Bank, though the smaller maker did confirm that it will continue expanding its relationship with its bigger rival.


Porsche Aims to Double Volume with New Models

Maker counting on emerging markets but sees more opportunities in U.S., Europe.

by on Nov.09, 2011

The planned Porsche Cajun will be one of a number of new models the maker is planning, company officials told TheDetroitBureau.com

Porsche intends to more than double its current global sales volume – while maintaining its position as the world’s most profitable carmaker – with the steady addition of new products.

The maker believes that much of its growth, going forward, will come from emerging markets like China, Russia and India, but it also believes there’s a significant opportunity to build demand in established markets such as the U.S. and Europe, company officials stressed during a California preview of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S.  (For a review of the 7th-generation 911, Click Here.)

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“It is our objective to remain the world’s most profitable auto manufacturer,” said Porsche Board Member Wolfgang Hatz.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the German maker can keep up with a Toyota or Volkswagen – in terms of raw dollars – but on a percentage basis it is setting the benchmark, with a target of holding at a 15% Return on Sales, or ROS, and a Return on Investment, or ROI, of 21%.