Porsche AG has recorded nearly 900 potential buyers for its 918 Spyder hybrid prototype as the approval for its production nears. Porsche's development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, told reporters at the Beijing Auto Show that the company will likely choose to produce the model as soon as the number of interested persons hit 1,000.
He said that with this many interested people, there will be a sound business case to build it. Porsche, which unveiled the 918 Spyder at the Geneva Motor Show last month, plans to add models with a target of doubling annual sales to 150,000 vehicles over the medium term. Porsche also wants to benefit from savings from a merger with Volkswagen AG.
Duerheimer also said that these two carmakers will end their discussions about a future model strategy and sharing platforms in about six months. Duerheimer said that he is optimistic about being able to further expand its leading position in the sports-car segment.
The 918 Spyder, which is one of three hybrid models Porsche introduced in Geneva, is equipped with a 500-horsepower V8 engine and electric drive-systems, enabling the vehicle to go 25 kilometers on electric power.
The two-seater has gasoline consumption to three liters per 100 kilometers and emits 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Porsche, which considers China to be its third-largest after the US and Germany, said that sales will clearly exceed 10,000 vehicles this year, whereas in 2009, it sold 9,900.
He said that the new generation of the Cayenne SUV, known as Porsche's best- selling model, has very good prospects in China. He also disclosed that the order books for the Panamera sedan are well stocked.