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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.