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Porsche Sets U.S. Sales Record In 2017 Shifting 55,420 Vehicles 7
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, porsche cayman, Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera, Porsche-911, Reports on 01 7th, 2018

Porsche has posted record sales figures in the United States for 2017, as last year it sold a total of 55,420 vehicles, a 2.1 per cent increase over the previous year.

The brand’s most popular model in the U.S. was, once again, the Macan, with 21,429 sales, a significant increase over the 19,332 sold in 2016. The Cayenne was the second-most-popular vehicle with 13,203 examples delivered, followed by the 911 with 6,731 sales.

As for Porsche’s premium sedan, the Panamera, 6,731 examples were sold last year, while the Boxster and Cayman duo racked up 5,087 sales.

In a statement, Porsche Cars North America president and chief executive Klaus Zellmer said this is the brand’s eighth consecutive year of increased sales in the United States.

“Demand for four-door and two-door Porsche sports cars allowed PCNA to achieve another annual record in 2017, making it the eighth consecutive year of increased sales. The Macan and Panamera model lines posted double-digit growth, and we can expect an additional boost with the arrival of our all-new Cayenne in the second half of the year.”


Facelifted Porsche Macan Getting Ready For Its Big Day 5
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Scoops, Porsche Videos, Reports, Scoops, video on 01 5th, 2018

The facelifted Porsche Macan is edging closer to its reveal this year and was recently snapped on film with very little camouflage.

To the casual observer, this black Porsche is just any old Macan. However, a closer look reveals that it has hints of camouflage on the headlights and taillights, identical to the touches applied to previous prototypes.

Alongside the revised lights and obligatory new bumpers, our sources suggest that the refreshed Macan will also receive an LED strip running the width of the rear that connects the taillights, just like the latest Porsche Panamera.

Interior changes are expected to be minor and will likely consist of Porsche’s latest infotainment system with touch capacitive surfaces.

A premiere in the first half of the year is to be expected.


Porsche Macan Getting Ready For One More Facelift 4
Posted by Carscoops Staff in porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Scoops, Scoops on 01 4th, 2018

It’s been about four years now since Porsche first introduced the Macan. Since then, Audi has completely replaced the Q5 with which it shares its underpinnings. Porsche will eventually follow suit, but in the meantime, it’s relying on updates.

It rolled out one such facelift in 2016, and from these latest spy shots, it would appear that the German automaker is preparing to roll out another.

Undergoing cold-weather testing way up north in Scandinavia, these two prototypes bear only what looks like modest visual enhancements. But underneath and inside, we can expect to find updated technologies – both in terms of powertrains and infotainment.

Will that be enough to keep the Macan current in the face of newer competition? Hard to say: rivals like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and Volvo XC60 all present fresher prospects than Zuffenhausen’s baby crossover. But if Porsche has shown us anything over the years, it’s that it can keep an old design driving sweeter than most anything else on the road – almost indefinitely.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Porsche Macan Turbo Vs Audi SQ5 Rev Battle Is Tough To Call 31
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ5, Audi Videos, Film, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Videos, video on 12 31st, 2017

When it comes to straight line performance, the Porsche Macan Turbo definitely holds all the bragging rights in the face of its Audi SQ5 rival. But which one makes more of a racket?

Their engines aren’t all that different. Both of these fast compact premium SUVs have petrol-powered V6 units, although the 3.6-liter twin turbo one in the Macan is good for 400 PS (394 HP), whereas the SQ5’s 3.0-liter TFSI is rated at 354 PS (350 HP).

At idle, both cars produce a nice low rumble, though nothing spectacular – just enough to let you know you’re not listening to the base models.

Get more lively with the throttle and the Macan Turbo will growl a little more heavily than the SQ5, letting off a few crackles, but otherwise the soundtracks can be described as comparable.

They even sound alike on the move, although if this was a performance comparison, the Porsche would clearly ace it thanks to its faster acceleration and higher top speed.


Porsche Dressed 5 Macans In Classic Racing Liveries, And They Look Awesome 27
Posted by Carscoops Staff in porsche, Porsche Macan, Singapore on 12 27th, 2017

What Porsche develops on the race track, it applies to the road cars it produces – even crossovers like the Macan. One element you wouldn’t expect to see make the transmission from one to the other is its racing liveries, but looking at these show cars, we can’t help but wonder why it doesn’t.

The automaker put five Macans on the streets of Singapore, each decked out in a color scheme borrowed from one of its classic racing cars: four from versions of the 917, one from the 956 – Le Mans challengers (if not outright winers) all.

Hard as it is to choose, one of our favorites is the Martini Racing livery of red, teal, and blue stripes over white. Another wears the Rothmans livery (all too often overlooked, in our opinion) of a white upper body, dark blue lower, with gold and red stripes. There’s one in Gulf colors of baby blue and orange. And another in the Salzburg design of red with white streaks. Last but not least is the oddball Pink Pig, with dashed lines showing where the butcher would carve it up.

Porsche’s Asia Pacific division performed a similar treatment this past summer, applying Porsche’s current racing livery to a Macan Turbo (complete with the optional Performance Package). We thought that was pretty cool at the time, but to our eyes, these look even better. Or some of them do, anyway.

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Porsche Cayenne And Macan Coupe Decision Coming Next Year 11
Posted by Michael Gauthier in cayenne, Electric Vehicles, porsche, Porsche Macan, Reports on 12 11th, 2017

BMW helped to kick off the crossover coupe craze when it introduced the X6 and Mercedes followed suit with the GLC and GLE Coupes.

Porsche is considering jumping on the crossover coupe bandwagon and CEO Oliver Blume recently confirmed a decision will be made sometime next year. Blume declined to say which way the company is leaning but he told Automotive News, “There might be opportunities for the future but it always depends on the volume behind it.” He went on to say the company analyzes each segment it wants to enter and seizes opportunities when they exist.

If the company signs off on the plan, we can expect to see coupe versions of the Cayenne and Macan. The publication is reporting a Macan Coupe could be introduced as early as 2021 with an electric powertrain. It would soon be followed by a redesigned version of the regular model.

Speaking of electric vehicles, Blume confirmed Porsche will announce its next eco-friendly vehicle in the first half of 2018. It is widely expected to be a Macan EV but Blume would only say “We have to check if it makes sense for Porsche to come with an [electric] SUV.”

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TechArt Definitely Knows How To Make A Porsche’s Interior Feel Special 26
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera, Porsche-911, Techart, tuning on 11 26th, 2017

German tuner TechArt is arguably the go-to company when it comes to building a fully customized interior for your Porsche.

The level of quality found inside some of these Panameras, 911s and Cayennes is truly impressive, and trying to find your favorite accentuating color, let alone favorite interior, doesn’t sound too easy.

Yet, let’s give it a shot, as we browse through these images, showing a bunch of customized Porsche interiors, each seemingly more exquisite than the next.

For example, some of these interiors almost feature more Alcantara than they do leather. You can see it on the door pillars, roof lining, door panels, seats, armrests, the works. Then, you’ve got carbon fiber all over most of these dashboards and center consoles, and you can even get carbon fiber grab handles on your Porsche SUV.

As for the leather upholstery, customers can opt for custom stitching in just about any color they can think of. We’re particularly fond of orange on black – how about you?


Porsche’s Development Boss Hints At An Electric Crossover With 310+ Mile Range 24
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 24th, 2017

Porsche is gearing up to launch the production version of the Mission E concept and it will reportedly become the first in a long line of electric vehicles.

According to Automotive News Europe, Porsche expects more than half of its sales will come from electrified vehicles by 2025. In order to hit this ambitious target, the company will add another electric vehicle to its lineup and rumors have repeatedly suggested it could be an electric version of the Macan.

Porsche’s head of research and development, Michael Steiner, declined to confirm the company’s second electric vehicle will be based on the Macan but he hinted it won’t be based on the Panameara or a sports car. As Steiner explained, “We’re starting with a sporty four-door concept in the Mission E, positioned between the 911 and the Panamera, so it’s logical that we will look to balance our lineup with a product in a different segment such as an SUV.”

When pushed for more details, Steiner suggested an electric crossover could have a range in excess of 500 km (310 miles). He also hinted the model may be offered in multiple configurations with larger or smaller batteries that offer a longer or shorter range.

The report goes on to say the next-generation Porsche 911 will be unveiled in the third quarter of 2018 and it has been designed to accommodate a small plug-in hybrid powertrain. There have been conflicting reports on whether or not Porsche will actually offer a plug-in hybrid variant but Steiner told the publication “If we do a hybrid then naturally it has to be very dynamic – the priority is not how far its electric range extends, rather it must bring an advantage in terms of performance.”

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Porsche 911 Hybrid Appears To Be Moving Forward, Engineers Targeting 43 Mile Electric-Only Range 17
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 17th, 2017

The Porsche 911 rumor mill is back in action as Bloomberg is reporting the next-generation model could be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to the report, the plug-in hybrid variant would be a high-performance model that would sit at the top of the 911 lineup. The publication goes on to suggest the car could be introduced a few years after new 911 debuts in late 2018.

Insiders said Porsche wants the 911 Hybrid to have an electric-only range of 70 km (43 miles) and engineers are working to reduce the weight of the car’s battery so it doesn’t adversely affect the car’s handling.

Porsche declined to confirm plans for a 911 Hybrid but a spokesperson told Bloomberg the next-generation model will allow for the “integration of an electric powertrain and the manufacturer is keeping all options open regarding engine specifications.”

The report went on to suggest Porsche could offer a Macan EV sometime after the production version of the Mission E is launched in 2019.

If the report is correct, it likely means Porsche was able to solve several of the problems that August Achleitner mentioned to Car and Driver earlier this year. At the time, the head of 911 development said plans for a hybrid variant were axed because the added weighy would limit the car’s dynamic capabilities and it wouldn’t be as profitable as more conventional variants. In summation, Achleitner stated the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.”

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Porsche Exclusive Presents Its Take On The Macan Turbo 20
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, porsche, Porsche Exclusive, Porsche Macan on 10 20th, 2017

The most powerful version of the Macan is getting its own Porsche Exclusive version, bringing more personalization options and, er, exclusivity.
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Porsche Macan Special Embraces The Racing Roots Of The Marque 15
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Asia, porsche, Porsche Macan on 08 15th, 2017

There are Porsches you might expect to see with a racing livery, and they mostly have two doors: the 911, 718 Boxster/Cayman, 918 Spyder… but a Macan?
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Porsche Posts New Sales Record In The First Six Months Of The Year 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, porsche cayman, Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera, Reports on 07 11th, 2017

There was a time when Porsche used to make only sports cars, but that era is long gone and the German automaker has two SUVs in its lineup, the Macan and Cayenne, and a super saloon, the Panamera.
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Porsche Aiming To Have 50% EV Sales By 2023, Next Macan Could Go Electric 27
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, porsche, Porsche Macan, Reports on 06 27th, 2017

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has revealed the company wants to be the fastest German automaker to switch over to electric vehicles.
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Porsche Says It Won’t Make Any GT-Badged SUVs 10
Posted by Brad Anderson in cayenne, porsche, Porsche Macan, Reports, SUV on 05 10th, 2017

Porsche says there's absolutely no chance it will launch any GT-branded Macan or Cayenne models, despite customer appetites for ever-faster SUVs.
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2019 Porsche Macan Facelift’s Biggest Secret Could Be Full-Width Taillights 5
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Scoops, Scoops on 05 5th, 2017

Porsche's facelifted Macan SUV is still in its testing phase, this being the second time we've seen it in the wild after its spy shot debut back in February.
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