Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In the 1st quarter of 2014 Porsche supplied customers with over 38,500 vehicles

Market launch: new Porsche Macan now in dealerships in Europe

Stuttgart. In the first three months of this year Porsche AG handed over more than 38,500 vehicles to its customers, thus topping the very good level of a year ago (2013: 37,009 vehicles). Coinciding with the start of spring, buyers of the Boxster and 911 cabriolet models were in particular able to look forward to the first open-top drive in their new Porsche. Over the remaining course of the year the sports car manufacturer anticipates further growth thanks to the new Porsche Macan, which is now available in Porsche Centres in Europe.

“In the first quarter we're above last year's good figures in every market,” says Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board Sales and Marketing of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. “That says a lot about the great appeal of our brand and the fascinating attraction of our products. We are now turning over a new leaf with the Macan. On the occasion of the market launch in Europe last weekend we welcomed tens of thousands of customers, potential customers and fans of the brand to our Porsche Centres.”

From January to March 2014 Porsche recorded growth in every region. In China around 9,900 new cars were supplied to customers, an increase of 12 per cent compared to the same period last year. In the US-market too, the 911, Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera sports cars were very popular, achieving sales of more than 10,000 units (+5.0 %). Globally the Panamera is in great demand: in the year-to-date Porsche delivered more than 6,600 of the sports saloons to its customers, equating to a year-on-year increase of 17 per cent.

PORSCHE AG DeliveriesMarchJanuary - March
20142013Variance (%)20142013Variance (%)
Asia Pacific, Africa and Mideast5,7105,10511.915,55614,4917.3

Porsche model range 911: combined fuel consumption 12.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 289 – 194 g/km; efficiency class: G-F
Porsche model range Boxster/Cayman: combined fuel consumption 9.0 – 7.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 211 – 180 g/km; efficiency class: G-F
Porsche model range Cayenne: combined fuel consumption 11.5 – 7.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 270 – 189 g/km; efficiency class: G-B
Porsche model range Panamera: combined fuel consumption 10.7 – 6.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 249 – 169 g/km; efficiency class: F-D
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: combined fuel consumption 3.1 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 16,2 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 71 g/km; efficiency class: A+
Porsche model range Macan*: combined fuel consumption 11.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 216 – 159 g/km; efficiency class: E-B
* Versatility depending on the tyre set used
Porsche 918 Spyder: combined fuel consumption 3,1 – 3,0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 12,7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 72 – 70 g/km; efficiency class: A+ 

SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Scaled Porsche Projects

      When I was a kid, I hung around with some boys who got into model cars. Of course I jumped on that and fondly remember a weekend where I built a NASCAR which required the wheels to be super glued to complete the project. It was always fun, opening the box and figuring out the direction, the pieces, and how they go together. While I never got into the modeling glue versions, I outgrew my need to build cars before I could be trusted alone with the glue, I've still found them interesting even now.
      So when I found this post on Tumblr, I had to share it with all you Pfanatics because this is a portion of Pfanatic life we really haven't covered. Below is an image of the model once the box is open. The caption that came with these photos is as follows: "A classic Porsche Fujimi enthusiast kit. These are not for the faint of heart or beginner. They have a huge parts count and are incredibly detailed. Yet lack some of the fit and finish of a Tamiya kit. If the skill level scale went to 4 these would be it. This was another ebay find."   

      Now I wouldn't expect Porsche models to be easy, of course not. They're complicated cars held to a high standard, so of course their scaled versions would be just the same. These projects look great. A great car related skill to tackle and one that takes up way less garage space than restoring the real thing. I can see Ray trying his hand at these, wondering just how difficult it could be. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

White Porsche, Tiger Model

      Porsches and models always make a great pair. Whether they're dressed to the nines or dressed for the weekend, seeing a Porsche with a model, any model, makes the car more personal. It makes the car feel attainable, by some group, and gives the car a feel like it actually exists, it isn't just in our imaginations and dreams. This Porsche is a nice white with black and the model is a beautiful long-legged woman in a flashy tiger printed dress. Oh, and she has a monkey on her shoulder. She appears to be stepping out of the car, showing off her long legs. The other great part of this shot is the flash, it makes it look like it's a quick paparazzi shot, like she just pulled up looking as she is to attend an event and flash, we got it on film. I don't know how much is true and how much is staged, but this shot is great. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Ring Bearer Drives Porsche at Wedding

      Including a Porsche in your wedding plans is great. The classic sleek look gives the whole thing a pop and sends you away in style. But at this wedding a slightly smaller part of the wedding party found the car, and enjoyed every minute of it. The ring bearer got into the Porsche driver's seat and clearly was having a ball. The bright red car provides a great pop and the cream interior looks great, partly matching the little man's tie. Off to the side it also seems like the flower girl is in the passenger seat, maybe their practicing for their own wedding. This would be a great photo for the wedding album, and I'm sure everyone got in a good laugh and a few aw's when they saw this sight. 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Orange Singer Porsche

      Singer and Cosworth came together to make this beautiful Porsche. It's got an old school vibe with a new school color and definitely is something to stare at. While the setting for the shot looks a tad construed, the car itself is quite the sight, cityscape or not. The round headlights, sloped rear, and curves all around makes this scream Porsche and gets any Pfanatic going. It's clear why it was picked for Porsche of the week. 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Food Trucks and Porsches

      In California, as well as many other places, food trucks are a hot commodity. They are a great way to try new foods, get to sample from popular restaurants, and just seem nicer than eating at the usual Midway or food court at places like race tracks or other catered events. Cousins Maine Lobster, featured on Shark Tank is a class act when it comes to seafood. They had a restaurant near me, but it recently closed. They are very popular with the food truck, and are great with using Twitter to shout out their location. Over the weekend they were at a Porsche Club event and tweeted about it. While I didn't attend, and am not part of a Porsche Club, it was cool to get a tiny look into what Porsche events could look like and what they could include. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Harry Styles in a Porsche 993

      Harry Styles of the band One Direction was seen recently in London driving a Porsche 993. As you can see above he's in the driver's seat, and someone else, maybe a family member is riding shotgun. Harry has been seen in a Porsche before, and it's nice to see a younger celebrity such as himself choosing Porsche when it comes to expensive cars. Porsches have nice flair without being too showy, and pass off as classy cars on the street almost blending in with the rest of the everyday rides. This black Porsche 993 is a great piece to see someone riding around in.