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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.


Porsche, GMC – and the Chevrolet Corvette – Top 2014 Ideal Vehicle List

GM and Ford score most segment wins.

by on Aug.21, 2014

The new Chevrolet Corvette was the single most "Ideal Vehicle" according to owners.

For the second consecutive year, Porsche has been named the “Ideal Vehicle” brand by American consumers, though the individual vehicle that tops the list is the all-new Chevrolet Corvette.

General Motors, in fact, had more top-ranked models in the 2014 Ideal Vehicle Awards, or IVA, than any other manufacturer but Ford Motor Co. this year. And despite the Detroit maker’s ongoing recall issues, its GMC truck marque was named the “Most Ideal Popular Brand” in a survey conducted by California consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc.

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Significantly, a quarter of the top-ranked models in the 2014 IVA are all-new or, like the ‘Vette, have been completely redesigned for 2014.

“Winning an IVA in their first year of release shows that these newly redesigned vehicles have hit the mark with their owners, but it also shows that the designers did their research to know how to best meet the needs and expectations of their core group of buyers,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.


No Fast Cash from Porsche, Appeals Court Rules

Hedge funds lose again when it comes to the German maker.

by on Aug.18, 2014

Hedge funds lost another round in court over a suit stemming from Porsche's attempted takeover of Volkswagen, which saw Wolfgang Porsche, left, and Ferdinand Piech, chairman of VW, on the same team, but with VW in charge.

In what many might consider karma, dozens of hedge funds looking for a payoff from the controversy surrounding Porsche failed bid for Volkswagen AG suffered were shot down in court: again.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York City upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a group of more than two dozen American and British hedge funds that claimed to suffer big losses in the fall of 2008 when Porsche executives manipulated the company’s holdings of Volkswagen stock in what turned out to an abortive bid to take over VW.

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Porsche had started buying shares in 2006 but ultimately the plan collapsed during the financial crisis that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers. (more…)

Audi A3 Wins World Car of the Year

Germans take clean sweep of five awards.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, clutches the large World Car Trophy in front of the Audi A3.

The Audi A3 was named the World Car of the Year during a ceremony at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, marking the second time the maker has captured the prestigious honor in recent years.

But there was something for everyone during the morning ceremony – at least if you were a German automaker, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dividing up the four other trophies handed out for 2014.

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“This really represents what Audi does extremely well,” proclaimed Scott Keogh, Audi of America’s CEO, as he clutched the large World Car Trophy at the podium. “We couldn’t be prouder to win this award.” (more…)

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…)

Porsche Replacing Engines in all 2014 GT3

Maker blames fires on faulty fastener.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The new GT3 is the most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 Porsche has ever produced.

After telling all 785 owners of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 to immediately park their vehicles in the wake of two engine fires, the German maker informed them that it will be replacing the engines in those vehicles.

The company said its investigation revealed that fires were the result of a “loosened fastener on the connecting rod.” The loose rod damaged the crankcase causing oil to leak, which then ignited.

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Porsche will install engines with “optimized fasteners” to alleviate the problem. The problem came to light last month. According to a Porsche spokesman, two GT3 models, one sold in Italy, the other in Switzerland, “went up in flames” with less than 20 miles on their odometers. (more…)

Porsche Speeds into Geneva with Green Racers

New 919 Hybrid, 911 RSR plus Macan diesel debut at show.

by on Mar.03, 2014

Porsche's Matthias Muller debuted the German maker's 919 Hybrid racer at the Geneva Motor Show.

Porsche’s run of innovation will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show as the German maker is showing off its 919 Hybrid sports car and the 911 RSR at the show.

The 919 will participate in the LMP1 category of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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With the new efficiency-based regulations of the WEC calling for hybrids, “the 919 Hybrid can therefore be regarded as a research laboratory for the technology of future production vehicles,” Porsche said. (more…)

Macan Can Push Porsche Past its 200,000 Goal in 2015

Small SUV intro should get maker to goal three years early.

by on Feb.11, 2014

Porsche's new Macan SUV is expected to help push the company past is goal of 200,000 deliveries a year in 2015: three years early.

Seems like so many German automakers are making public proclamations about when they’ll reach a certain sales goal and sticking to them no matter what the market is doing, except one: Porsche.

Porsche executives said the company will reach its goal of delivering 200,000 vehicles…three years early in 2015.

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The German maker delivered 162,145 vehicles in 2013, which was a 15% increase over the previous year largely due to demand for the Boxster and Cayman doubled. The company has introduced several new models in the last decade, such as the Cayenne, Cayman and Panamera, helping the sales numbers higher and higher. (more…)

Porsche Breaks New Ground with Compact SUV

Macan puts storied German maker in all-new market segment.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Porsche is breaking new ground with the Macan: it's the maker's first-ever compact sport utility.

Porsche is expanding upon the success its Cayenne sport-utility has enjoyed over the years with the introduction of the Macan, the German maker’s first-ever compact sport utility vehicle.

A quick look at the vehicle immediately reminds observers of the aforementioned Cayenne, but it also borrows some of its style from classic Porsche design cues.

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Aside from the classic swoops and curves, the Macan is certainly part of the Porsche family in one other very important way: performance. In fact, you can have your Macan in two forms: Macan S and Macan Turbo. The pair is perhaps better described as fast and faster. (more…)

Porsche Marks 50th With Special Edition

Venerable 911 stands the test of time with small changes.

by on Sep.12, 2013

The Porsche 901 became the iconic 911 after the maker changed the name to avoid a fight with Renault in 1963.

Even the venerable Model T lasted barely two decades in production despite the stubbornness of Henry Ford. The number of vehicles that have made it to the half-century mark can be counted on one hand. So, it’s not surprising the folks at Porsche are in the mood for a celebration this week.

The German maker’s iconic 911 sports car made its debut exactly 50 years ago on the stands at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and Porsche is marking the occasion by introducing a special anniversary edition at this year’s car show, with a limited run of just 1963 to honor the year the 911 made its debut.

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What’s particularly unusual about the sports car’s longevity is the fact that despite all the changes that have been made under the skin, as well as to the interior, today’s Porsche 911 maintains the same basic exterior profile of the original. (more…)