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    • By William Maley
      The production version of Porsche's Mission E will be arriving in 2019 and has the company wondering about expanding their electric lineup.
      Porsche division chief Oliver Blume told Bloomberg at the Shanghai auto show that the Mission E brought a shift in thinking for the company.
      “It’s more than just the need to comply with rules. We find the technology as such interesting, as electric cars allow a very sporty driving experience, which fits well with the core value of our brand,” said Blume.
      The acceleration capabilities of electric motors has Porsche thinking about how they could integrate them into their lineup. One is by building out a group of EVs and the other is expanding their lineup of plug-in hybrids - currently comprised of the Cayenne and Panamera.
      Vehicles like the Mission E will play a key role in markets such as China where restrictions on emissions are expected to become the world's toughest in the coming years.
      Source: Bloomberg via Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      The production version of Porsche's Mission E will be arriving in 2019 and has the company wondering about expanding their electric lineup.
      Porsche division chief Oliver Blume told Bloomberg at the Shanghai auto show that the Mission E brought a shift in thinking for the company.
      “It’s more than just the need to comply with rules. We find the technology as such interesting, as electric cars allow a very sporty driving experience, which fits well with the core value of our brand,” said Blume.
      The acceleration capabilities of electric motors has Porsche thinking about how they could integrate them into their lineup. One is by building out a group of EVs and the other is expanding their lineup of plug-in hybrids - currently comprised of the Cayenne and Panamera.
      Vehicles like the Mission E will play a key role in markets such as China where restrictions on emissions are expected to become the world's toughest in the coming years.
      Source: Bloomberg via Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Porsche Reports March 2017 Sales
      Sales bolstered by Macan and all-new Panamera ATLANTA, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor in the United States of Porsche 911, Boxster, and Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up, today announced March 2017 sales of 4,479 vehicles. This represents a 3.6 percent sales increase over March 2016 and a first quarter gain of 3.9 percent over the same period last year. Year-to-date 2017 sales stand at 12,718 vehicles.
      March results were strengthened by strong consumer demand for Panamera and Macan models. The 2017 Panamera recorded 554 units in its first month on sale –– a notable 65.9 percent increase over last March. The Macan continued its performance streak achieving 1,802 vehicle sales, a 60.5 percent increase year-over-year. Macan sales stand at 5,337 year-to-date which represents 48.1 percent growth over 2016.
      Model
      March Sales
      Year-to-Date
        2017
      2016
      2017
      2016
      ALL BOXSTER/CAYMAN
      337
      633
      1,106
      1,494
                ALL 911
      652
      938
      2,018
      2,159
                ALL CAYENNE
      1,134
      1,294
      3,640
      4,017
                ALL PANAMERA
      554
      334
      617
      963
                ALL MACAN
      1,802
      1,123
      5,337
      3,604
      GRAND TOTALS
      4,479
      4,323
      12,718
      12,238
       
      2016 totals include one 918 Spyder sale
    • By William Maley
      We know Cadillac is planning a major product offensive beginning with the XT3 crossover next year, along with a few other products such as a seven-seat crossover and a competitor to the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA. Automobile Magazine reports that Cadillac is planning eight all-new or redesigned models by 2022. They include,
      XT3: (Compact crossover) in 2018 CT3: (ATS Replacement) in 2018 XT7: (Seven-seat crossover that is reported to be on Omega. Other reports put say it will use the platform underpinning the redesign Buick Enclave/Chevrolet Traverse) in 2019 CT5: (Replacement for the CTS) in 2019 XT1 or XT2 (Subcompact crossover) in 2020 XT5 Redesign (Possibly going on Omega) in 2021 CT1 or CT2 (A3 and CLA fighter) in 2021 CT8: (Flagship using Omega) in 2021 All of these models are expected to use an evolutionary design theme from the Escala concept. It is still unknown whether or not the CT1/CT2 will use the Delta front-wheel drive platform or use Alpha.
      The brand is also planning investments totaling $800 million into their retail operations in the U.S.
      Source: Automobile
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