Monthly Archives: January 2015

Porsche’s U.S. sales jump 11% in 2014

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Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor in the United States of the Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster, and Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up, today announced 3,275 vehicles were delivered in December 2014. This rounds-out the year for PCNA with 47,007 vehicle deliveries in 2014, an increase of 11.1 percent over 2013 (42,323). 2014 marked the brand’s fifth-straight year of sales increases as it powers toward its goal of selling 50,000 vehicles annually in the U.S.

“For the third consecutive year, PCNA set a new annual retail sales record by a double digit margin,” Joe Lawrence, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, commented on the annual sales. “We will use this momentum to continue success in 2015.”

This year marked the debut of the all new Macan, which has maintained strong demand since its introduction in May and had 7,241 deliveries in 2014. Dealers have months-long waiting lists for the Macan.The end of 2014 included the arrival of the comprehensively revised 2015 Cayenne models, resulting in 16,205 Cayenne vehicle deliveries for the year. There were 10,433 deliveries of 911 sports cars, which include the new Targa, Carrera GTS, and GT3 models. Boxster and Cayman sales yielded 7,292 combined deliveries with the introduction of a GTS for each model. The Panamera had 5,740 deliveries for the year supported by the S E-Hybrid plug-in model.

Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales in the U.S. were 1,111 for December 2014, an increase of 14.6 percent from the same period last year. CPO sales for the year totaled 11,843 vehicles, an increase of 16.9 percent compared to 2013.

911 Carrera GTS models just went on sale. Standard and GTS models of the freshened Cayenne go on sale in February. A diesel-powered Macan arrives late this year or early next year. A freshened 911 is expected this year. A freshened Boxster could debut late this year or in 2016.

Porsche should hit its 50,000-vehicle U.S. sales goal in 2015 — three years earlier than originally planned. The brand also fulfills a long-standing vision this year when it opens its two U.S. experience centers in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Dealers can bring customers to the centers for track-driving experiences.

In its design, in its facilities and in all you experience within the 27.4 acre complex, the Porsche Experience Center is a total reflection of Porsche’s past, present and future. You will be able to hone your driving skills via one-on-one instruction on unique Porsche test track modules and off-road courses that are purpose built to demonstrate the power, responsiveness and safety at the core of Porsche engineering.

Opportunities to experience Porsche off track include access to the Human Performance training facility, business center meeting facilities, the Driving Simulator Center, Classic Restoration Center and an exclusive fine dining restaurant.

Audi A7 Drives From San Francisco To Vegas On Autopilot

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Audi has taken its piloted-driving concept car on its first long-distance test drive. An A7 drove itself from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas, about 550 miles.

The car arrived in Las Vegas on Monday night, just in time for one of the world’s biggest events for electronics and technology, the International Consumer Electronics Show 2015.

The autopilot system allows the car to change lanes and speed ahead of other vehicles, but only up to 70 mph. To navigate it combines radar sensors in different positions of the car, two laser scanners, a 3D camera in the nose, and four more side-mounted cameras.

Journalists and car experts took part in the test. Each went about 100 miles sitting in the driver’s seat. As required by California state law, A professional test driver sat in the passenger seat for added safety.

 

The 914/6: The Smart Porsche Investment Now

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In the late 1960s, Porsche was seeking a replacement for its entry-level 912. The mid-engined Porsche 914 was a departure from the tall teardrop shape of the brand’s rear-engine 356 and the 911.

“It was an unusual design,” says Tom Wanner of Autohaus. “Some people called it too modernistic.” Like the modern Boxster, the 914 had front and rear hood and trunk sections, with its engine right in the middle, which gave it a low center of gravity and balanced handling. Its removable “targa” roof panel stored handily in the rear. The mild four-cylinder and high-output boxer-six versions made the 914 the best-selling vehicle in the manufacturer’s lineup. The high-output model, 914/6 was nearly a third more expensive than the four cylinder and cost almost as much as lower-end 911 models.

“From 1969 to 1976, almost 120,000 914s were sold, but only 3300 914/6s,” says Autohaus owner Tom Wanner. “That was mostly due to price.”

As with most vintage Porsches recently, those prices are doing nothing but rise. 914 values have levelled off for now, but those for the 914/6 are up 34% over the past five years, from $32,000 to $43,000.

911 performance in a mid-engine package: The 914/6 is stealthy way to buy into the Porsche tradition, without laying out the six or seven figures need to buy a classic 911.

“If you’re in the market for a vintage Porsche, as a driver or as an investment,” says Ray Forster of Autohaus, “you’d be smart to look into the 914/6. If you need some advice on what to look for, let us know and we can assist in your search.”

 

Motor Trend puts Chevy Camaro Z28 and Porsche 911 GT3 Head 2 Head

“This is an unfair comparison,” says Motor Trend. We at Autohaus ask, “Unfair how?” The Z28 has a 7.0-liter V8 with 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque shifted through a six-speed manual. The 911 has a 3.8-liter flat-six with 475 hp and 324 lb-ft shifted through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Of course, the Porsche costs more…because it’s worth it!