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Porsche Sales Surge To Record - 3 Years Ahead Of Plan

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It seems yet another (luxury) car maker did not get the "but it's the weather" memo. Following Mercedes record sales in January, Porsche has announced today that expects to hit a target of selling more than 200,000 sports cars next year, three years earlier than originally scheduled. As Reuters reports, Volkswagen-owned Porsche is entering the lucrative segment of compact SUVs with its new Macan model, which has already sold out about eight months of production ahead of its arrival at German dealerships on April 4. Wealth effect, of course, is all that matters... and the promise of higher minimum wages and a Maserati in every garage.

 

Via Reuters,

Porsche expects to hit a target of selling more than 200,000 sports cars next year, three years earlier than originally scheduled, as the brand keeps pushing into sport-utility vehicles, Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said.

 

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Volkswagen-owned Porsche is entering the lucrative segment of compact SUVs with its new Macan model, which has already sold out about eight months of production ahead of its arrival at German dealerships on April 4, sales chief Bernhard Maier said.

 

The Macan, which competes with BMW's X3 model and the Mercedes-Benz (DAIGn.DE) GLK, will replace the more roomy Cayenne SUV as Porsche's top-selling model next year, research firm IHS Automotive said, pegging 2015 Macan sales at 81,025 units compared with 70,055 for the Cayenne.

 

Porsche originally set the 200,000 sales goal for 2018 when parent VW is aiming to overtake Toyota and General Motors as the world's biggest carmaker. CEO Mueller has been saying for months that the goal could be met earlier.

Of course, as the luxury brands move 'down-market', management must balance cheaper costs (because who the hell can afford these) with "exclusive premium branding"...

"We must take those warnings (of over stretching the brand's identity) serious, one can't ignore them," Hueck told Reuters on Tuesday.

 

"We must ensure that the Porsche myth is preserved. Whether this is the case with 200,000 or 250,000 units is something we will have to look at," said Hueck, who also sits on the sports-car maker's supervisory board.

The Macan

 

But what about the weather that is apparanetly affecting sales of GM, Ford etc..?

 

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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:40 | 4429100 resurger
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Ja Ja Ja Ja!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:59 | 4429179 Rukeysers Ghost
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The 911 is still the best bang for the buck for rocketships under $100K.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:05 | 4429199 de3de8
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Bang for buck= C7

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:09 | 4429222 cliffynator
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911 with LS engine swap.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:13 | 4429236 caShOnlY
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Bang for buck

JUMPING BANKERS!!!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:41 | 4429108 Kirk2NCC1701
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The "Wealth Effect" for the Elite.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:46 | 4429125 TruthInSunshine
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Porsche buyers, like Mercecdes-Benz, Jaguar, Range Rover, Aston Martin, BMW & Bentley buyers, are enthusiatic snow-shoers.

#RecoveryInFullBloomThanksToQuanitive-vs-QualitativeGreasing

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:48 | 4429136 DoChenRollingBearing
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Porsches, in one respect are hard assets (as are dilithium crystals, smile).  

RICH people spend their money a little differently...

"Review of American Hard Assets: Jan-Feb 2014"

http://tinyurl.com/lds5h2m

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:42 | 4429115 Rising Sun
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Gonna get me a pawch wit ma foodie stamps!!!!

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:53 | 4429151 TruthInSunshine
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ObamaBeemers

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:52 | 4429160 TruthInSunshine
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ObamaPorsches are everywhere in D.C.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:42 | 4429116 Kirk2NCC1701
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Too bad that everything after the 1st gear is "Tickets".

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:52 | 4429157 Leaf of Tree
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Not in Germany.

There are no speed limits on the Autobahn highway network in Germany.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:54 | 4429169 CrashisOptimistic
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Burning $100 oil while driving fast.  Life is good.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:00 | 4429187 Rukeysers Ghost
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Better than sitting in your Prius looking like a faggot.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:07 | 4429208 Leaf of Tree
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Porsche supercars are very lighweight.

They are not gas guzzling huge tanks like  your ugly big united statean cars are.

The Germans are the best car engineers and designers on the Planet.

A Porsche 911 Turbo S will consume 11 liters/100km on the highway, or in united statean speak 3 gallons/60miles.

Which for the performance they offer is fucking great.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:14 | 4429249 Ignatius
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A good breakfast and I can hike 20 miles in style  (it's all about the hat).

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:53 | 4429411 robertocarlos
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Electric is the future.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:30 | 4429524 Leaf of Tree
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The Germans and the Japs already have that covered.

But ZeroHedge united stateaons fucktards will say the future is not electric, because the AntiChrist will strike the Planet with an EMP. That's why they are stacking gold. To fight the AntiChrist.

 

Deluded fuckers.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 20:39 | 4430439 TruthInSunshine
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:18 | 4429264 seek
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Mine (before I sold it post-crash due to hostile natives) was in the low 20s for milage, which isn't bad at all for a rocket, and better than most SUVs on the road.

But Porsche, Mercedes, etc will all be toast within a few years when the next wave hits and takes out the 90-to-99.0th percentile earners.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:30 | 4429342 NotApplicable
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What? You don't think federal employees will get raises to compensate?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:18 | 4429280 Freddie
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I don't think this is entirely true.  Not every Autobahn has unlimited speeds.  

The fuel mileage from some of the cars like direct injection diesel BMWs is incredible and they go like a bomb.  German diesel Fords, Audis, Mercs and others are the same.  With DI - they are as fast as gas powered cars.

The Germans are arguably the best drivers in the world though the Finns might disagree.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:36 | 4429367 viahj
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"If you want to win, employ a Fin" - Mika Häkkinen

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:00 | 4429533 ImpliedVol
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"Yeah" - Kimi Raikkonen

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:10 | 4429614 robertocarlos
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"I was taking a shit". -KR

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:38 | 4429733 Freddie
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Kimi ist ein gott.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:08 | 4429573 Leaf of Tree
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Really?

Guess Sebastian Vettel's nationality. Coz' it ain't fucking Finland.

Also Michael Schumacher ( hope he recovers soon, one of Gods of F1, probably the best driver of all time) is German.

 

Germans are also good if not excellent drivers. Don't bash the Germans when talking about anything car-related, not even jokingly.

 

The most polite drivers I've met and had the pleasure to drive with,  in Europe I have to say are Germans/Austrian. Never driven in Scandinavia so can't speak about them.

The worse are Romanian (I'm Romanian)/Italian drivers. Never been to Russia though, there's always someone worse than you.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:20 | 4430569 Omen IV
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use to go back and forth in an Audi-6 diesel from Vaduz to Stuttgart every week - great road with a great performing vehicle - the high compression engine was incredible at 160-90 KM / hr - cruising!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:22 | 4429288 Kirk2NCC1701
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Wrong!  Having spent years there, I can assure you that the sections of no speed limits are not only "limited" (nowhere near major cities or an Autobahn Kreuzung/Crossing), but they keep shrinking.

/ When you add "Stau" (traffic crawls) that are now so common on the Autobahns, you simply get to the next "Stau" that much faster.  But, damn, you look so much better sitting in that traffic jam while sitting in an over-priced German car, than the cheap import.  /sarc

In addition, many insurance companies have built in clauses (read the fine print!) that if you have a high-speed accident and actually survive, that they will not be responsible for your recklessness.  You see, being "free" has its consequences, and its "price tag" also.  :-)

That aside, I was mostly referring to the US roads, with its speed limits.  And, come to think of it, where many/most sections in the US just aren't designed or maintained to handle cars cruising at 160-200 kph (100-130 mph).

Like I said, "Everything after 1st gear is Tickets" in the US.  ;-)

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:29 | 4429345 Leaf of Tree
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Not every KM of the Autobahn is speed limitless. But you can drive legally on many portions of the Autobahn reaching high speeds of 300km/h.

But I've driven my 911 on the Autobahn reaching 290km/h. It was fucking legal because were I was driving there were no limits. The sign is a black circle cut by 4 lines diagonally and it indicates thst there are no speed limits.

Of course, having Germans driving along side you helps, since they are very civilized and make way when they see you fast approaching them.

Driving in Germany is pure Pleasure.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:38 | 4429383 walküre
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Agreed. There are some good sections in the middle (Kassel) for example where traffic is lighter. Beautiful country as well. Higher speed limit or lack thereof is only one factor. The Autobahn is built well and maintained almost perfectly. Maybe they're pouring too much money into their roads, don't care. US interstates and highways are partially worse than the original Hitler's Autobahn built in the Thirties.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:48 | 4429447 robertocarlos
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If you do 290 kph you should have 4 lanes. I've seen that speed on 2 lanes and it is dangerous with other traffic.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:58 | 4429534 Leaf of Tree
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Have you ever driven in Germany? Drive there and you'll realize that you don't need 4 one-way lanes. And ceramic brakes are awesome.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:06 | 4429577 robertocarlos
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You need lane one for trucks and cars doing the limit and merging. Lane two for the speeders. Lane 3 for you doing 290. and lane four for the banker in his McLaren F1 on his way to work.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:22 | 4429657 Leaf of Tree
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I'm not saying there are not dangers in driving at high speeds on 2 lanes only.

But in Germany legally, if you are up to the task, on the Autobahn, you can have your fun in quite a lot of portions of the Autobahn network.

 

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:12 | 4429881 edotabin
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I remember some really long tire marks that would end abruptly at the side of the Autobahn.  It was quite obvious someone had gone way too fast and ...........

Overall, Germany is really nice though.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:29 | 4429348 NotApplicable
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US Interstate highways are designed for those speeds. US drivers, OTOH...

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:49 | 4429788 Babaloo
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That's only true on about 1/2 of the Autobahn.  In and around cities and in other heavily trafficed areas, there are speed limits.

Ausgezeichnet! 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:42 | 4429117 Stoploss
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Well shit, you need something to carry your gold in.

Where's that little fone BIT  ch.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:03 | 4429194 EastCoast90
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In GTA 5 when I did the union depository heist I had to airlift 4 tons of gold out while under fire from the cops, feds, and the mercenaries. We had to drop the gold in a train I stole before. So get something heavy duty for your gold and have lots of firepower.  

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 22:36 | 4430852 franciscopendergrass
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That is assuming that the Fed ... um . . . "union depository" actually has gold.  At most, it was Tungsten that you stole.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 23:00 | 4430950 EastCoast90
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Well we had the gold melted down it was $200 million in total and we had to split the money with our accomplices. The FED vault is empty though no doubt about it.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:45 | 4429128 maskone909
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porsche SUV's and 4-doors are some of the ugliest cars i have ever seen.  they are really killing their brand with that shit.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:57 | 4429174 centerline
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Yeah, when it comes to Porsche, I am sort of a purist.  The stretches they are taking to tap SUVs and family markets just don't look right.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:59 | 4429184 Leaf of Tree
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Not only you're stupid, you are misinformed.

The Cayenne have increased sales a fucking lot for Porsche.

Since 2000 Cayenne are the jewel of the company in sales terms.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:04 | 4429205 maskone909
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i take it you drive one of those peices of shit?

what exactly am i missinformed about?

tell me how sales has anything to do with brand?

maybe you think that over 50 years of designing sports cars paved the way to selling suv's to soccer moms?

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:11 | 4429226 Leaf of Tree
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You dumb fuck.

How are they killing their brand with their SUV line of cars, when after 2000 each fucking year, Cayenne cars sold in increased numbers, and are the best seller of Porsche overall??

 

If anything, the profits Porsche gained all those years, helped them at some point be the major stakeholder in VW about 2007 I think.

 

You are a dumb fuck who can't appreciate a beautiful car when it sees one. No surprise there. You are an american.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:15 | 4429257 maskone909
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u mad bro?

americans invented the automobile so go fuckyourself.

just because a bunch of starbucks drinking yuppie fucks who know nothing about cars buy alot of them doesnt make it a good car, especially not a good looking one.

like i said

brand has nothing to do with sales.

unless you can come up with something else, go enjoy your euro trash

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:23 | 4429300 Leaf of Tree
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Look you dumb shit.

I own a Porsche 911 Turbo S 2012. I know more about Porsche than your sorry ass ever will.

 

If you make the claim that the SUV line of Porsche is killing their brand, then why the fuck every fucking year since 2000, the Cayennes have seen a 25% on average increased sales?

 

Go back to your Chevrolet fucktard.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:27 | 4429322 maskone909
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you know more about porsche because you are a 13 yearold fantasizing about something you will never have.  like i said sales have nothing to do with brand.  how many times do i have to tell you this?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:36 | 4429717 CvlDobd
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If it weren't for the Cayenne and admittedly ugly ass Panamera the 911, 918, and Boxster/Cayman would not be what they are today.

You want to see what Porsche would be without the Cayenne? Look at Aston. They keep recycling the same idea for the past 15 years all while relying ever more on the technology of other major players. At the same time Porsche is pushing ahead with the most innovative sports cars on the road, that's the Porsche brand. So Porsche read the market well, good for them!

Also, the Panamera is forgiven for it's looks by every single person who's ever experienced the lauch control on a Panamera Turbo. OMG I've never felt a car jump out of the whole so hard.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:40 | 4429732 Leaf of Tree
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People who criticize Porsche cars never driven one.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:29 | 4429344 Hippocratic Oaf
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Damn leaf, I think you forgot to make your statement in all CAPS.

There's a prescription for your anger, if you don't mind waiting 70 days to see the doctor in your country.........

Wherever the fuck that is.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:00 | 4429531 robertocarlos
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Nice car. Love the triple spoke wheels.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:23 | 4429309 Freddie
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I think the Frenche or Germans were first.    Porsche makes fine cars.  The SUV and Panamerica are not very nice looking.  The best looking 4 door is probably the Maserati

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:54 | 4429492 Leaf of Tree
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United Stateans always think they were there first.

Like their Kubrick-style-in-Hollywood-moon-landing.

The English invented football. The Spanish, the Brazilians, the Argentinians, the Dutch, the Germans are making the game beautiful and beating the English with every occasion they got.

The same with mass producing cars. Ford might have been there first, but the Germans and the Asians (Japs. Koreans) are dominating the car market.

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:06 | 4429585 maskone909
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mayans invented football

ford f150 most popular vehicle in the world

fail

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:47 | 4429779 CvlDobd
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Nothing will ever top the beatle in terms of global popularity or sales. Now what came from the Beatle? Hmmm. Hmmm. Oh yes! The Porsche 911

fail

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:30 | 4429946 Leaf of Tree
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Top 3 best car seller all time:

 

 

1. VW Beatle (Germany) 40 million cars


2. Toyota Corrola (Japan) 20 million cars


3. Ford T (Amerikastan) 16 million cars



Americans are the losers of the car arms race..


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:19 | 4430109 DoChenRollingBearing
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VW Beetle.

The Toyota Corolla is one great little car.  "The world's car", for now.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:51 | 4429799 Babaloo
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"... Americans invented the automobile (?) "  Wait, what?

So Daimler and Benz were Americans?  Who knew?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 01:48 | 4431336 -NaN-
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Uh, no, Americans did not invent the automibile.  A german gets that credit too, Karl Benz.  And the first drawings of automobiles were in Europe in the 1600's

Google it.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:17 | 4429273 walküre
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Ugly like a Pontiac Aztec

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:47 | 4429132 slightlyskeptical
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Why not a sweet car in every garage? I doubt the Porsches take up much more in the way of resources than a much cheaper car. If everyone just worked toward the common good, we could all have whatever our resources allowed. Without the profit motive we could likely make much better use of them as well. There certianly is no shortage of teachable labor throughout the world to enable this to happen.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:32 | 4429359 NotApplicable
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LOL WUT?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:47 | 4429137 _SILENCER
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Porsche in general is pretty ugly...but fuckin-A they are well built and drive like a motherfucker

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:53 | 4429152 youngman
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BMW anyday......Porsche never.....

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:57 | 4429173 Leaf of Tree
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The Germans in any case laugh all the way up to the bank.

And Porsche cars are real works of art.

I don't expect americans to appreciate beautiful cars like Porsche.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:16 | 4429904 edotabin
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Cars have reached a point of diminishing returns. You have to pay too much money for smaller and smaller benefits.

Lexus has been a great example of providing luxury cars at lower cost than their German competitors. Hyundai has done some amazing stuff with the Genesis and the Equus.

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:10 | 4430128 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1 for great observations.  

Lexus makes fabulous cars at, well, reasonable prices.  

Hyundai is kicking butt all over the world.  Why?  Good (enough) quality, good execution, great value.  Be watching Hyundai!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:15 | 4430150 RockRiver
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The Germans in any case laugh all the way up to the bank.

And Porsche cars are real works of art.

I don't expect americans to appreciate beautiful cars like Porsche.

 

Only those of us that have them seem to appreciate them. I love mine.

They are a little maintenance intensive at times but ohhh they are a sweet car to drive!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:40 | 4429739 CvlDobd
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Have you owned or spent any appreciable time in a BMW built in the last 15 years? Holy hell what a mess of electronic fuck ups those cars are! Back up mirrors that won't come back up when put in drive, windows and sunroofs that open on their own, lights that short out, roofs that stop mid retract, intermittent HVAC, I could go on. Dime a dozen too. Show of hands who doesn't own a 3 series? Hell I've got 6 (jk, Iwouldn't purchase one of them) Every secretary has a 3 series. The 7 has been a styling disaster ever since Bangle got his hands on one at the turn or the century. BMW is a shell of the company that built the 2002 and original 4 cylinder M3. Porsche has evolved and kept up with the market without sacrificing build quality like BMW and to an extent Mercedes have.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:12 | 4429885 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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For american muscle.....Shelby GT 500.....but Nissan GTR over any german car.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:52 | 4429156 IMACOINNUT
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Kinda like a pinto or vega hatchback? Ugly POS

Whats the price?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:52 | 4429159 QQQBall
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That lookas like a stylized Murano (or marano) :) 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:00 | 4429188 superflex
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Just stay away from the $18,500 ceramic brake option.

http://www.suncoastparts.com/product/958TTPCCB.html?Category_Code=958CAY...

Sorry, these are for the cayanne.

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:54 | 4429170 buzzsaw99
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people have hideously awful taste in automobiles

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:15 | 4429252 Leaf of Tree
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Americans you mean.

American cars are the ugliest cars on the Planet.

Even our cheap Romanian-made car like Dacia sells more worldwide than the cheap Chevrolet matchstick boxes.

This says a lot when an ugly car like Dacia Sandero sells more than Chevrolet in Europe and South America.

 

The Germans make the best cars. Period.

Beautiful. Quality. Sporty. Eco-friendly.

You fuckers in America drive the shitiest cars on the Planet. 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:24 | 4429305 maskone909
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is that why porsche decided to go the "American" route and design SUV's and four door wagovans?  how old are you?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:31 | 4429354 Hippocratic Oaf
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909, I don't like this fuck either.

Maybe he's missing a lil something and making up for it in his Porsche?

Hmmmmmmmmm?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:40 | 4429394 maskone909
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yeah i dont think he really belongs here.  prob signed into his dads ZH account.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:07 | 4429588 superflex
Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:08 | 4429400 superflex
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Hey Leaf,

Go fuck yourself and tell mom to heat up another Hot Pocket.

Sincerely,

An Audi owner.

 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:14 | 4429620 Leaf of Tree
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Say whatever the fuck you want.

But you redeem yourself by driving a German car.

 

BTW,  Audi drivers are derided in Europe, for being dumb fucks who can't handle a car.

--------------------------

Q: What is the difference between a Audi and a porcupine?

A: Porcupines have pricks on the outside. 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:58 | 4429826 maskone909
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Pretty funny how u r willing to pick fights with people over a car company who couldnt give two shits about you or your inbred german ancestry.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:14 | 4430153 DoChenRollingBearing
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Leaf of Tree, there are no Dacia Sanderos in Peru.  LOL.  There are lots of Chevys, although they are mostly Korean and Chinese (ex. the pickup trucks)...

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:00 | 4429190 Senseless Urina...
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When Porsche stopped production of the 928, I said goodbye. 

They are sell outs, what's next a Porsche mini van?

Ferdinand is rolling in his grave.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:02 | 4429191 Senseless Urina...
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When Porsche stopped production of the 928, I said goodbye. 

They are sell outs, what's next a Porsche mini van?

Ferdinand is rolling in his grave.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:06 | 4429203 smacker
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Tyler, please stop posting pictures of my dream car :-(

The Macan has been in my sights since I first read about it, maybe two years ago. Now it's been released, I'm drooling!

The price in the UK for the current models is around UKP 43,500. That's about USD 71,000.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:17 | 4429256 Dollarmedes
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Silly rabbit! Weather doesn't affect the rich!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:26 | 4429328 Yen Cross
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     This thing looks like a "tinker toy."  FFS, what could you haul around in that thing?  A couple of Chihuahuas' and an overnight bag is about it! It' looks like you couldn't even properly stow a dead body without first dispatching a chainsaw... ;-)

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:43 | 4429407 yogibear
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All that hot market profits.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:43 | 4429408 yogibear
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All that hot market profits.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:42 | 4429414 GeorgeHayduke
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People still get worked about about buying cars like this? Boy, I am way outside the status-seeking herd anymore.

I am guessing "luxury" cars and their drivers will make nice easy targets as more people fall into poverty daily in the US of A. Buy them up folks! It's kind of a self-selection process, but maybe not in the way the owners think it will be.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:48 | 4429445 iamtheeggman wh...
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The Thundersley Invacar! The car of the future!

http://petrolblog.com/2010/05/whatever-happened-to-the-ac-invacar/

 

or the Peel Trident! Room for two!

http://www.strangecosmos.com/content/item/118398.html

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:55 | 4429474 robertocarlos
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Sometimes German cars are too complicated. The best car would be Italian with German engineering driven by an Asian hottie.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:17 | 4429639 Bunga Bunga
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Porsche, proudly made for the rich by proud unionized workers with full health care and pension benefits.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:18 | 4429647 the6thBook
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Explains Tesla's higher numbers.  It has nothing to do with having a revolutionnary product, but having luxuary price tag.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:30 | 4429648 abatis
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@Ghayduke, I think some of the owners of these luxury vehicles may go warlord and hire some defense. But, some will no doubt struggle with the pitch fork crowd.

 

 

Fuu too funny on the old FP designs

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:25 | 4429670 fuu
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I miss those old Porsche models like the Tiger I & II, Elefant, Panzer VIII, and V-1.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:30 | 4429700 CvlDobd
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Porsche can do no wrong. Tyler has obviously never driven a Porsche other wise this would be non-news. Perhaps consumers are sick of the mundane (and ugly) shit from Japan and want a little soul in their cars? Porsche delivers that. So they are successful? GOOD! THE WORLD NEEDS SUCCESS FROM PRIVATE ENTERPRISE!

Oh so the poor can't afford a Porsche? So what! I'm sure Obama would love to commission an Obamacar in the spirit of the yugo! Which is it?

Shall we demonize private enterprise for succeeding all while we criticize Obama for handcuffing private enterprise? Which is it ZeroHedge? Are we capitalists or communists?

GO PORSCHE!

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:36 | 4429713 Leaf of Tree
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American envy this article.

And yes, if that private enterprise comes from commie Europe, it shall be demonized on ZeroHedge.

Porsche are some of the best built high quality cars on this Planet.

After driving a Porsche you will never go American cars.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:44 | 4429755 CvlDobd
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I couldn't agree more. Corvette and GT-R fans have simply never driven a 911. Not I nor anyone I have ever met who has been behind the wheel of a 911 would ever go down to a Corvette, M3, GT-R, etc. There is no substitue. That's a fact not an opinion, those who disagree have never driven a Porsche.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:20 | 4429910 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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I disagree. I have driven an Alpha 9 GTR and a modded out turbo S without a doubt the porsche is a step down. GTR's are called Godzilla for a reason.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:30 | 4429955 CvlDobd
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Godzilla because it's a fucking behemoth!

You're the exception to the rule then.

You own/know someone with an Alpha? That's impressive.

The GT-R is an impressive car especially in raw speed but as a complete package it is nowhere near a 911 IMO. Perhaps not important to some but the distinct lack of feedback in the controls is a major turn off to me with the GT-R.

You feel every pound in the GT-R. I haven't been in a 991 GT3 (which I hear is an amazing feat of sports car engineering) but the 997 GT3 I drove was unlike any car I've ever been in. Not having an engine or driveshaft on the front wheels produces a steering feel that no car I've experienced has ever come close to matching. The feedback from Porsche's ceramic brakes is incredible and you know exactly how close the wheels are to locking or how close you are to a slide you are.

In the GT-R you puch on the brakes and the car stops in a fucking hurry no doubt but there is certainly a sense that you aren't the ultimate master of the brakes. Same with the turning, the car bites and grips, and claws at the road, and turns hard, BUT! There is SO much weight transferring direction and again, the feedback is sorely lacking. Yes the car is turning hard but you can feel that the computers are sorting it out and doing the grunt work for you. In the more refined German cars, there are certainly computers at work but they do not mask the driving experience that you the driver are ultimately in control of the car. In the GT-R you feel like a passenger even from the driver seat. If that doesn't bother you, fine. To me it's a fucking travesty to feel like a passenger in a sports car.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 18:58 | 4430066 Smiley
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What else are wealthy people going to drive; an AMERICAN sports-car? 

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:42 | 4430264 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Corvette ZR1 aint cheap and it has magnetic ride plus ceramic brakes. Great car. Awesome imo. At least Garbage Motors can build something right.

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