Company insiders admit they fear taking sales from profitable Cayenne
22 March 2010

The Porsche Cayenne will be the smallest SUV built by the manufacturer, as it fears a smaller car would steal sales from the bigger car's sales.

Company insiders have told Autocar that they believe that there is strong evidence of the Audi Q5 taking sales from the Audi Q7, and are not willing to follow a similar route.

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The Porsche Cayenne accounts for up to 50 per cent of the firm’s profits, and a new model is due to go on sale on 29 May.

The range will feature a diesel and, for the first time, a hybrid with a V6 petrol engine.

The two petrol models, the S and the Turbo, both use a 4.8-litre V8, with 395bhp and 493bhp respectively. Porsche claims 27.6mpg for the Turbo.

Prices for the new car start at £41,404 for the entry-level model. The diesel costs £44,178, while the S costs from £53,693.

The new S Hybrid is the second most expensive Cayenne, at £57,610, while the range-topping Turbo weighs in at £81,589.

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22 March 2010

i have a mental image of what a baby cayenne would look like it and it aint pretty!

22 March 2010

In other words, they see that people want to downsize, and they don't want people to downsize. Porsche, this, along with the new Cayenne's styling, is further evidence, if it were needed, that you have lost the plot (did you ever have it, considering where you put the 911's engine?) - this will lead to a big loss of sales and a further absorbtion of Porsche into VW where it will eventually be considered no better than Skoda or Seat or Audi. Gone will be Porsche's independence. Pretty soon, Porsche will be no better than dead. And guess what? When it's dead, I shall come and dance on its grave. Haha!

PS Anyone else think VAG is way too big? Bugatti, Bentley, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini (in-house competition), VW, Seat, Skoda, Suzuki... it's too many brands! Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if, on the quiet, they'd also snapped up the rights to use the Tatra name on road cars... It'll end up looking like BMC, with no end of badge-engineered prostitutions of each brand (Bentley Phaeton? Bugatti Panamera? Cayenne?) and of platform-sharing (last-gen Seat Toledo, for a start) and it will all eventually fall apart. We need a distinctively Spanish Seat, a British Bentley, an Alsatian Bugatti, an Italian Lamborghini, a Czech Skoda (which doesn't mean a bad Skoda) and a German everything else. Not a German everything.

22 March 2010

Should we consider this an act of repentance on Porsches part?

Hopefully they will also get rid of the stupid steamrollered eel that is the Pancetta whilst they're at it.

22 March 2010

And because Porsche will never built a Hot Hatch..

I will never get my dreamcar..

Anyway good luck for those Cayenne buyers..

22 March 2010

[The range will feature a diesel...]


22 March 2010

Well, I may be in a minority, but I'd like to put it in record that I love the Cayenne. And the Panamera.

22 March 2010

Hooray (!)

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