Report: Porsche Could Exceed 200,000 Sales in 2015 Thanks to Macan

The 2015 Porsche Macan hasn’t even gone on sale yet, but Porsche is already predicting big things for this compact crossover that debuted last fall. According to a report from Automotive News, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller stated that Porsche would exceed 200,000 annual global sales in 2015, largely due to expected demand for the Macan.

The Porsche Macan has had big shoes to fill ever since Porsche announced a huge $650 million investment in its Leipzig plant in order to provide the capacity to build 50,000 Macans per year. Now, Mueller is estimating that demand for the Porsche Macan will exceed this 50,000 mark. Porsche sold 162,145 vehicles in 2013 globally, so if the company continues at this pace, then strong sales for the Macan—which goes on sale this spring—could even put Porsche close to the 200,000 mark in 2014. Surpassing this magic in number in 2015 would mean reaching this target three years earlier than originally planned.

The Porsche Cayenne SUV is currently the best-selling Porsche, and AN reports that the Cayenne and Macan together are expected to make up 64 percent of Porsche’s total sales in 2015. The 2015 Porsche Macan starts at $51,095 with destination for the S model that’s powered by a 340-hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6; the more powerful, 400-hp Macan Turbo starts at $73,495. We expect to see more Macan variants like diesel and hybrid models in the future, although it’s unclear whether these versions will make it to the U.S.

The Porsche Macan goes on sale in the U.S. in late spring, so keep an eye out for strong sales for this small SUV.

The problem with sports cars is they don't carry passengers or cargo very well.  Sure a driver and passenger are relatively comfortable in a 911 but what about all of the items you need to move along with you, e.g. groceries, items from Home Depot or Lowes, a Costco run, etc.  This is where a SUV is a better proposition.  You can carry four passengers in relative comfort and any additional items you may need to bring along.  Where the Porsche part comes in is if you want or need a fast SUV that handles well.  Sorry, the others (SUVs) just don't manage to do that.  Well I could get a Jeep with the Hemi that would spend all of it's time in the repair shop but for the money I'd rather have the Porsche plus it will handle better in the curves.  I live in the mountains where a lot of tourists come up here and drive VERY SLOW (like 30 MPH in the 55 zone and refuse to get out of the way).  When you have adequate power, you can just floor it when a passing lane comes up and get past them.  These same people who go 30 in the 55 MPH zone are the same ones who floor their cars when you get to a passing lane because they don't want you to get in from of them for some odd reason.  Never fails.  With a Porsche you can floor it and wave at them in the rear view mirror.  Case closed. 
So Porsche will now become primarily a builder of trucks.  Amazing that so many people will spend so much to gain the nameplate even if its on a small truck.   And we need these trucks to go to the mall.  What happened to sports cars?  
A lot of Porsche fans wrung their hands and gnashed their teeth when the Cayenne and now Macan were announced! Carrying 64% of total production should help with cash flow for sports car development! Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!!!!

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