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Porsche Charged Up about New Panamera E-Hybrid, New 911 Racer

New version of hybrid saloon goes farther and faster than predecessor.

by on Sep.28, 2016

The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid delivers 462 horsepower and 0-to-60 in 4.4 seconds.

Automakers tend to debut either ground-breaking green vehicles or mind-bending sports cars in Paris: Porsche’s providing the yin and yang this time with the debut of the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and a track-ready 911 GT3.

The Panamera was the German performance car maker’s first four-door sedan when it debuted a few years back. It was a polarizing entry with love or hate being the primary responses. Since then, Porsche’s been refining the saloon car as they say over there, and the new version of E-Hybrid is the best one yet.

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The new model delivers a total of 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque using a combination of a 2.9-liter V6 gasoline engine with an output of 330 hp and a 100-kW electric motor. (more…)

Porsche Bringing Panamera Shooting Brake to Geneva

Utility, power and performance.

by on Sep.13, 2016

Porsche is set to bring the shooting brake version of the Panamera to the the Geneva Motor Show.

If the minivan is the station wagon of the 1990s and beyond, that must mean that a station wagon is the sports car of today. Porsche appears to think so as it’s preparing to introduce a shooting brake version of its Panamera next spring.

The “shooting brake” or as Americans would know it better, the station wagon, is making a bit of a comeback, mostly in high end brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo, which introduced new wagons in the last year.

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Prior to that, Ferrari with the FF and 2016 GTC4Lusso and Jaguar with the XF Sport Brake have been putting wagons on the road. There’s even a rendering of an Aston Martin model. (more…)

Forget Sports Cars, SUVs Set to Dominate Super-Premium Luxury Market

Utility vehicles likely to be best-sellers for brands like Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, even Rolls-Royce.

by on Aug.24, 2016

Lamborghini first revealed the Urus SUV concept at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.

They’re both known for their high-performance sports cars, but when Aston Martin and Lamborghini launch two of their most critical models ever, both in 2019, the focus of the two brands will shift to sport-utility vehicles.

If all goes according to plan, those two models, the Aston Martin DBX and the production version of the Lamborghini Urus concept, will generate at least 50% or more of their sales. But that’s far from precedent setting. Best known for sports cars like the 911 and the Boxster, it’s the Cayenne and Macan SUVs that already generate the biggest sales numbers for Porsche.


Super-premium utility vehicles are “going to be the hottest segment in the luxury market,” said Simon Sproule, the chief marketing officer for Aston. “As with the mainstream market, that’s what people want to drive.”


Aiming at Tesla, Audi Planning Three Battery-Cars by 2020, CEO Says

Porsche boosts hiring plans for Mission E sports car project.

by on Jul.26, 2016

The Audi e-tron Quattro SUV Concept will be followed by a production model around 2018.

As the brand shifts attention away from its diesel line-up to new, greener technologies, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler wants to have three pure battery-electric models in the line-up by 2020, even if that means dropping some conventional models to come up with the necessary R&D dollars.

Audi has already confirmed plans to launch a battery-electric SUV by 2018 and, in a new interview with German newspaper the Heilbronner Stimme, Stadler confirmed the maker wants 25 to 30% of its total sales to come from electrified models by 2025.

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In the wake of parent company Volkswagen AG’s diesel emissions scandal, Audi and other VW brands have been shifting emphasis to battery-based models. Porsche, which is developing the Mission E electric sports car, said on Tuesday that it now expects to create 40% more jobs to handle that project than originally planned.


VW Believes it Can Repair 85k 3-liter Diesels

Move could help maker avoid second diesel vehicle buyback.

by on Jul.01, 2016

The Audi Q7 TDI is one of the numerous Audi, Porsche and VW models affected by the stop-sale.

Volkswagen believes it can fix the problem with about 85,000 vehicles using a faulty 3.0-liter diesel engine, the maker told a federal judge in San Francisco.

The revelation came shortly after VW and several federal agencies reached a $14.7 settlement on charges the maker had rigged a smaller diesel engine to pass U.S. emissions tests even though it grossly exceeded emissions rules in real world operations. That deal includes about $10 billion to buy back the 475,000 vehicles sold between the 2009 and 2015 model-years using a 2.0-liter turbodiesel.

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If it can convince the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, that the proposed fix works, VW would be able to avoid a second costly buyback.


All-New Porsche Panamera Pics Leak out

2017 model gets lighter platform, new, more streamlined body.

by on Jun.24, 2016

A leaked pic of the 2017 Porsche Panamera.

Porsche has been dropping lots of hints as it prepares to formally unveil the newly redesigned Panamera next week. But it turns out you don’t have to wait for that online unveiling or the official public debut of the coup-like sports sedan at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

Along with the teaser images from Porsche, three grainy but quite revealing new pics wound up on Instagram and we’re offering readers a longer look.

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Porsche has never been shy about taking risks, whether introducing its first SUV, the Cayenne, or following with a distinctive, albeit controversial sports car sedan. The original Panamera was a true Porsche in terms of driving dynamics, but generated plenty of controversy over its bubble-back rear end.


Diesel Scandal Continues to Hammer VW

March sales plunge, but sibling Audi, Porsche brands largely unscathed.

by on Apr.01, 2016

VW's big incentives haven't been able to overcome the loss of its TDI models.

The ongoing crisis triggered by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal continued to take a toll on the automaker last month.

The VW brand reported a 10.6% sales slide last month, making it one of the few brands to see a dip at a time when the American car market is running red hot. The downturn came despite a sharp increase in VW incentives in recent months.

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The news wasn’t all bad, however. VW did see a strong upturn in demand for its newly updated Tiguan sport-utility vehicle, and sibling brands Audi and Porsche scored big sales gain in March, despite also being tainted by the diesel scandal.


Porsche’s New Macan Makes US Debut at NY Auto Show

German maker shows off 718 Boxster and 911R models.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The newest addition to Porsche's SUV line-up, the Macan, features a 252-horsepower, turbocharged inline four-cylinder.

Porsche is keeping up with the growing competition in the high performance sport-utility segment with the latest iteration its Macan.

The recently introduced Macan is making its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show along with the new 718 and the retro racer, the 911R.

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The Macan is the fourth in the line of the German sportscar maker’s Macan series after the Macan S and Macan Turbo and Macan GTS. The Macan is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder that is tailored for the small SUV. (more…)

Former Porsche Execs Acquitted of Stock Manipulation

Pair led attempt to takeover Volkswagen in 2008.

by on Mar.21, 2016

Former Porsche CEO Wendekin Wiedeking was one of two former execs acquitted by a German court.

A regional court Germany acquitted two former executives of Porsche AG on charges of stock manipulation during a failed 2008 attempt to take over the much larger Volkswagen.

A regional judge in Porsche’s hometown of Stuttgart, dismissed the stock manipulation charges leveled by prosecutors against Porsche’s Chief Executive Officer Wendelin Wiedeking, who in 2008 was considered a rising star in the global auto industry, and Porsche’s chief financial officer Holger Härter, who was one of the principal architects of the abortive bid for Volkswagen.

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The takeover attempt collapsed amid a swirl of lawsuits and led to the ouster of Wiedeking and Härter. (more…)

Porsche Looks to Past for New 718 Boxster

New models feature smaller, but more powerful flat fours.

by on Mar.03, 2016

The new 718 Boxster comes with a new smaller, but more powerful engine than its predecessor.

Porsche engineers and designers must have been in a sentimental mood recently as its two introductions at the Geneva Motor Show give a nod to vehicles past.

The 911 R is the modern take on the original track-ready racer introduced and the new 718 Boxster reaches even further back to pay homage of the 718 Spyder produced in the 1950s and early ‘60s.

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The new version, however, is following the current trend of offering smaller, turbocharged engines putting out more power than their naturally aspirated forefathers. In the case of the new 718 Boxster, a 2.0-liter flat four cylinder putting out 300 horsepower. (more…)