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    LA Auto Show: 2015 Porsche Macan


    by Drew Dowdell

    Porsche unveiled its fifth model line, the Macan, today at the LA Auto Show.

    Available in two models, the Macan is Porsche's attempt to create a sports car in the compact crossover segment. Porsche sees a growing market for Hi-Po grocery-getters.

    The Macan S is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 340 horsepower and can accelerate the car to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. If that doesn't get your groceries home fast enough, you can opt for the Macan Turbo which packs a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 pumping out 400 horsepower and enabling a 4.4 second sprint to 60. Both models feed the power to Porsche's 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and then out to all four wheels. Top speed for the Macan Turbo is 164 mph. Remember, no crying if you spill the milk.

    As far as appearance, the exterior Macan looks exactly like what you would expect a compact Porsche crossover to look like. Inside. the Macan doesn't wander from that pattern with a design that looks like a slightly tamer version of the interior used in the Macan's bigger brother, the Cayenne.

    The Macan isn't just a paved-playground bully though, Porsche made sure that Mom can get the kids to Grandma's house even in bad weather. With the air suspension set at "High", the Macan has a ground clearance of 9.06 inches. For reference, the 2013 Subaru Forrester and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk only have 8.9" and 8.7" respectively.

    But if something does go wrong, the Porsche Macan features a new safety technology to keep the kids.. and Mom.. safe. Multi-collision brake technology works on the premise that one quarter of all accidents involve a second collision after the first hit. The brake system of the Macan triggers when the airbag sensors detect the first collision and activates maximum braking to try and prevent a second hit.

    Looking good and going fast is not typically heard of in the compact crossover segment, but in the Macan, Porsche has unleashed an interesting opening shot.

    Check out all of our LA Auto Show Coverage here.

    Porsche's 36 Page Press Release on the Macan can be found here. (PDF Warning)

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    Wow, this thing goes to $100,000 in no time after adding Porsche-esque options. Cayenne GTS lightly loaded becomes a better option.

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    Wow, this thing goes to $100,000 in no time after adding Porsche-esque options. Cayenne GTS lightly loaded becomes a better option.

    But that's exactly the type of choice Porsche can now offer: smaller fully loaded model or larger with less content. More options should bring in more people (in theory at least).

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    Wow, this thing goes to $100,000 in no time after adding Porsche-esque options. Cayenne GTS lightly loaded becomes a better option.

    But that's exactly the type of choice Porsche can now offer: smaller fully loaded model or larger with less content. More options should bring in more people (in theory at least).

    More options or cannibalization?

    People doubt GM's strategy for price overlaps through the breadth and depth of its product lineup, but this is okay because it gives theoretically more options?

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    This will cannibalize their only faithful sales to the Cayenne. Here I have to say that while the engineering chops are impressive, I think Marketing forgot to keep this small er CUV in it's proper place.

    My gut tells me they will rush a refresh of the Cayenne to market next year after this kills off sales.

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    Wow, this thing goes to $100,000 in no time after adding Porsche-esque options. Cayenne GTS lightly loaded becomes a better option.

    But that's exactly the type of choice Porsche can now offer: smaller fully loaded model or larger with less content. More options should bring in more people (in theory at least).

    More options or cannibalization?

    People doubt GM's strategy for price overlaps through the breadth and depth of its product lineup, but this is okay because it gives theoretically more options?

    I'm willing to bet they'll make more money on the high priced Macans (Porsche and other German brand option/packages prices are shocking), so even if in terms of the number of units there is some cannibalization, the profit per unit sold will be bigger. It's clever overlap, not the kind of overlap that had various GM brands offering essentially the same content at roughly identical price points.

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    Wow, this thing goes to $100,000 in no time after adding Porsche-esque options. Cayenne GTS lightly loaded becomes a better option.

    But that's exactly the type of choice Porsche can now offer: smaller fully loaded model or larger with less content. More options should bring in more people (in theory at least).

    More options or cannibalization?

    People doubt GM's strategy for price overlaps through the breadth and depth of its product lineup, but this is okay because it gives theoretically more options?

    I'm willing to bet they'll make more money on the high priced Macans (Porsche and other German brand option/packages prices are shocking), so even if in terms of the number of units there is some cannibalization, the profit per unit sold will be bigger. It's clever overlap, not the kind of overlap that had various GM brands offering essentially the same content at roughly identical price points.

    I am not doubting that it will not make profits on a tarted up Audi Q5 tagged as a Macan. How is that essentially different than the strategy of a Tahoe and Escalade? And vertical overlaps within the same brand is not indifferent than horizontal overlap among different brands of the same manufacturer, so as long they make profits, is it? Again cannibalization will take place in a horizontal overlap also, but it is profit that matters, right?

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    Sounds like a $60,000 Audi Q5. At least it has 400 HP, that makes it a Porsche in the performance area. I think they should make a rear engine crossover based on the 911.

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    Wow, this thing goes to $100,000 in no time after adding Porsche-esque options. Cayenne GTS lightly loaded becomes a better option.

    But that's exactly the type of choice Porsche can now offer: smaller fully loaded model or larger with less content. More options should bring in more people (in theory at least).

    More options or cannibalization?

    People doubt GM's strategy for price overlaps through the breadth and depth of its product lineup, but this is okay because it gives theoretically more options?

    I'm willing to bet they'll make more money on the high priced Macans (Porsche and other German brand option/packages prices are shocking), so even if in terms of the number of units there is some cannibalization, the profit per unit sold will be bigger. It's clever overlap, not the kind of overlap that had various GM brands offering essentially the same content at roughly identical price points.

    I am not doubting that it will not make profits on a tarted up Audi Q5 tagged as a Macan. How is that essentially different than the strategy of a Tahoe and Escalade? And vertical overlaps within the same brand is not indifferent than horizontal overlap among different brands of the same manufacturer, so as long they make profits, is it? Again cannibalization will take place in a horizontal overlap also, but it is profit that matters, right?

    Because the price overlap here is between a higher end smaller car and a lower end (relatively sepeaking since this a Porsche) bigger one. It's not selling the same car 5 times over in the same price points (which GM did for years - Tahoe and Escalade are not Old GM in that regard). This allows for an actual choice: smaller with more goodies or something bigger but with less goodies; with the added 'bonus' of having a higher profit per unit on the smaller one given the obscene option pricing by Porsche. IMHO this is the Alfred Sloan way done the right, this is how stair step pricing should be done.

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    Okay let us skin the cat a little differently. Porsche Cayenne S with 400hp engine starts at 66,800, while the Porsche Macan Turbo starts at 72,300 with the same hp engine (granted a different layout and has standard the PASM). This is still illogical. Imagine the conversation between a desperate housewife and salesman trying to keep straight face in telling why a smaller car with not too much more in standard equipment actually costs more than a larger car.

    Porsche's intent with this vehicle is volume to keep it from losing money. And if it wants volume with this vehicle, then going at a lower price and yet keeping a health price delta between the two SUVs will work more economically. It may work in short term, but the strategy is going to hurt Porsche in long term.

    If smaller with more goodies or something bigger with less goodies with added bonus of having higher profit per unit on the smaller one is the elixir of automotive industry, then the BMW should be charging 74,000 for a decently loaded 335i on par with the 740i and then by keeping slew of greedily charged options bring it to the levels of 750i.

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