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Porsche Names New Small Ute the Macan

by on Feb.16, 2012

The Porsche Cajun is now the Macan.

Hold that tiger.  Porsche has named it new small crossover/SUV the Macan, a name it derived from an Indonesian word for tiger.  Set to be the fifth product in the expanding Porsche line-up, it will begin production in 2013.

Macan replaces Cajun, the original codename for the compact crossover.  While that might seem odd for Americans who are likely to associate Cajun with New Orleans and Mardi Gras, the Germans had a very different perception – and pronunciation, saying it as “Kay-YOUN.”

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Whatever the name, the new model will slot beneath the extremely popular Porsche Cayenne, a product that helped redefine the German sports car maker when it first appeared on the market a decade ago.  While it was a stretch, early on, to convince buyers that the Cayenne belonged in the line-up, there should be far less resistance to the Porsche Macan, analysts believe.