Porsche is unveiling its Cabrio version of the new 911 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which starts on Jan. 9 and ends on Jan. 22. The Detroit Motor Show is considered to be one of the biggest auto shows in the world. As it is set to take place in the first month of the year, it typically welcomes the new year for the automotive industry.
This event is considered a very significant international marketplace and a place where trends are seen and opinions exchanged.
In the U.S., Porsche’s dealers sold 29,023 Cayennes, Panameras, 911s, Boxsters and Caymans – about 15% higher than in the prior year. The Cayenne is the most successful model in 2011 after having sold 12,978 units – a 55.6% climb. Right before the model was changed, Porsche was able to increase 911 sales by 4.9% to 6,016 vehicles.
Porsche expects that in 2012, it will be able to sell over 30,000 vehicles in the U.S. One of its strategies to accomplish this is to release several new models in the U.S. It will debut the new 911, which will then be followed by the 430 hp Panamera GTS in the spring.
The premiere of the Cayenne Diesel -- Porsche’s first compression-ignition car in the US – would be next. The compact Cajun off-road vehicle will be unveiled in 2013.
It is quite easy to tell that the new Porsche Macan has a sports car heritage just by looking at its broad and low design defined by its athletic proportions and precise lines. Its sporty design is further defined by unmatched elegance and lightweight construction, with round lines harmoniously combined with strategically positioned precision edges. Thanks to these elements, the new Macan looks compact, and powerful as well as close to the road.
The new Macan also features a number of design details from Porsche sports cars – thereby indicating its performance potential. For instance, the Macan is laden with design details from the Porsche 911 – like the side view window graphics and the sloping roof line at the rear end – known as the flyline – as well as its rear wings. On the other hand, the Macan also adopts the Porsche design DNA as seen on the 918 Spyder, including the basic shape of main headlights.
In addition, the side blades at the bottom of the front and rear doors of the Macan are inspired by the lower door seams on the 918 Spyder. The newly designed multi-function sports steering wheel of the Macan is also derived from the 918 Spyder.
Meanwhile, the front end of the new Macan is laden with elements that indicate its authenticity as a true Porsche. For instance, the Macan features large air intakes typical of Porsche while the Macan Turbo features C-blades fitted in the air intakes on the right and left of the vehicle that highlight its sporty appearance while improving its aerodynamics.
In addition, the new Macan features a large wraparound bonnet that encloses the headlights and extends down to the wheel arches. With this seamless bonnet and the precise lines flowing to the front, the Macan boasts of a broad and dynamic appearance.