Porsche in Trouble; Can’t Keep Up With Porsche Cayenne Demand

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Better engines and the recently introduced cosmetic changes have resulted in a 37 percent increase in the only Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV available at the moment. The Porsche baby-Cayenne couldn’t come a moment too soon, but until that happens Porsche will have to increase production starting as early as next year.

Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV’s output will increase by 10 percent to 20 percent starting in 2012, Bernhard Maier, Porsche’s sales chief, said in an interview with our contributor. Limited production and increase in global demand of the Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV has resulted in 12 month delays being seen in markets such as China, and the carmaker wants this to be reduced to a maximum of six months.

“We’re now looking into ways we can expand production capacity to be able to serve our customers more quickly,” Maier said at the Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker’s headquarters. “First-half data show that we’re growing almost consistently in all world markets and across all model lines including Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV.”

The demand on Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV could eventually happen with the Porsche Panamera, as sales may rise to more than 28,000 units this year ends, compared to more than 20,000 in the first full year after the model came to market in September 2009.

Prospects in the U.S., the company’s biggest market for Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV, are very positive. “The U.S. market is still characterized by a degree of volatility that shouldn’t be underestimated. In the coming years, growth is conceivable in the U.S. to help return to levels seen before the crisis,”Maier said. Sales figures on the Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV for the first half of the year in the US rose 42 percent to 15,542 after a 19 percent in June.

 

All New Mercedes-Benz GLS Will be Coming in 2014 to Challenge BMW X6

Mercedes-Benz GLS

Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover has been rumoring to join the production line-up. This could be meaning one thing: the arrival of the new contender on the crossover world. We might have to thank BMW for enlarging the market for crossover vehicles that don’t really work off-road but offer the luxury normally expected from saloons, as the success of its BMW X6 might spur Mercedes-Benz to create something that blends practicality and style in a package with the same rakish lines.

According to our contributor, the all new Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover, and (as the name suggests) it will take the lines of the CLS four-door into the world of crossover vehicles. The BMW X6 rival will arrive in 2014, featuring a four-seat interior arrangement and underpinned by the same platform as the new Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse.

“After closely monitoring sales trends, we’ve concluded there is potential for an additional off-road model with a more sporting emphasis than the new Mercedes-Benz M-class,” an insider revealed last week.

With 120,000 BMW X6 units sold across the world since its debut in 2009, it’s no wonder that wants to get in on the action, but by the time the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover reaches the market, Audi and Land Rover might also have introduced such crossover to their lineup.

Details are limited at the moment, but the engine range for the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover could include the 306 hp 3.5-liter V6 and 435 hp 4.8-liter V8 petrols. In the diesel department, Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover could introduce its 258 hp 3.0-liter diesel and even a hybrid oil-burner, based on the E300 diesel-electric that is scheduled to be unveiled in Frankfurt in September. It’s also hard to believe that the German carmaker will refrain from creating a 5.5-liter AMG monster alongside with the Mercedes-Benz GLS luxury crossover.

 

Revealing the 2012 BMW 1-Series: Photos, Spec Detail and Pricing

2012 BMW 1-Series

2012 BMW 1-Series luxury hatchback photos have been leaked (or probably intentionally leaked) onto the internet. We think that car manufacturers just can’t seem to keep a lid on their new cars, and people keep finding ways to grab photos of stuff we are not suppose to see. We are all that anxious kid who finds his present before Christmas – we are hoping it’s exactly what you want, but you don’t want to unwrap it, fearing it is not.

BMW did it again (this time). The new 2012 BMW 1-Series luxury hatchback photos make no apologies for its sporty but luxurious looks.