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Porsche to debut 'spectacular' new model in return to Detroit show

December 3, 2010 15:39 CET

DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Porsche AG, the sports-car maker merging with Volkswagen AG, will premiere a “spectacular” model when it returns to the Detroit auto show in January after exiting four years ago.

“We'll have something spectacular to show there,” Hans- Gerd Bode, a spokesman at the carmaker, said. “You'll have to wait and be surprised.”

Porsche will join VW group presentations beginning Jan. 10 in Detroit that will also include luxury unit Audi and ultra-luxury brand Bentley Motors Ltd., Bode said.

Porsche last year delivered a quarter of its 85,903 vehicles to the U.S., its biggest single market.

The manufacturer pulled out of Detroit after 2007 to focus U.S. activities on Los Angeles. Detroit has been a mainstay of the North American auto industry for more than a century and is the largest annual U.S. auto show.

“Porsche's return demonstrates the relevancy of the Detroit show for luxury manufacturers,” said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst at IHS Automotive. “They target a very specific audience with their cars and the U.S. market is incredibly important for Porsche.”

The company's U.S. deliveries surged 49 percent in November to 2,416 cars and sport-utility vehicles, the sixth consecutive month of at least double-digit sales increases. Year-to-date sales gained 29 percent to 22,753 units.

Porsche's Cayman R mid-engine sports car, which sells in Europe for 69,830 euros, premiered last month in Los Angeles. The model, which surges to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in 5 seconds and has a top speed of 282 kilometers per hour, will hit showrooms next spring, Bode said.

Porsche took another step this week toward its planned merger with Volkswagen after the company's shareholders backed a 5 billion-euro stock sale to lower debt. The sports-car maker agreed to combine with VW in August 2009 after a failed attempt by Porsche to gain control of VW.

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Report: Porsche Planning 'Spectacular' Model Debut For Detroit Auto Show

By Nelson Ireson


December 3rd, 2010

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, and Porsche is gearing up for what it calls a "spectacular" premiere. What, exactly, will this awesome new model be? Good question.

The 2012 Cayman R is already out, revealed at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, and though it's certainly a driver's choice, it's not quite what we'd call "spectacular." The 918 Spyder, on the other hand, is most certainly spectacular, and already confirmed for production, but it's a bit soon after its unveiling as a concept to be revealed in production trim, though it remains a strong possibility.

Another strong possibility: a new 356 based on the Volkswagen Bluesport. Calling any VW-based Porsche "spectacular" is also a stretch, but if Porsche has put enough of their own stamp on it, a bargain-priced, high-performing model could certainly deserve the appelation.

Porsche spokesman Hans-Gerd Bode however, is playing coy, telling Bloomberg, "You'll have to wait and be surprised."

We're waiting.



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Porsche will return to 2011 Detroit auto show


Free Press Business Writer

German luxury automaker Porsche will return to the North American International Auto Show in January after a four-year hiatus.

The company's vehicles also will be among the 30 to 40 new cars and trucks that will be revealed during the media days of the show on Jan. 10 and 11.

"We feel the Detroit auto show is very important, especially from a media standpoint," said Porsche spokesman Tony Fouladpour.

Fouladpour said Porsche plans to show a new car, but declined to reveal details.

Porsche pulled out of the Detroit auto show in 2007 when the company cut back on its total auto show appearances and decided it wanted to concentrate on events in New York and Los Angeles.

The North American International Auto Show has lost several luxury automakers in recent years as competition with other auto shows has increased and the economy collapsed.

Show organizers were shocked when Nissan pulled out of the 2009 show and last year, the number of media days was reduced from three to two days. Nissan still has no plans to return to the show. However, auto show spokesman Sam Locricchio said it will be the fullest schedule of news conferences in four years.

Read more: Porsche will return to 2011 Detroit auto show | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101204/BUSINESS03/12040350/Porsche-will-return-to-2011-Detroit-auto-show#ixzz17LdwwWVn

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A successor to the 959?

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