Porsche importer Hugo Pulenta will ship wine in order to bring cars in Argentina

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 6, 2011

To get access to Argentina’s auto market, sellers of foreign-made cars have to be exporters of all types of products, ranging from bio-diesel to bottled water. Re-elected Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner demands that automakers agree to this condition in order to enter an auto market that's expanding by 30% annually.

So far, we know that Porsche importer Hugo Pulenta will be shipping wine from his family's vineyards in the Andean foothills so that he could get permits to sell his cars in the country. Furthermore, Mitsubishi Motor Corp.'s representative will be exporting peanuts.

Subarus will be imported in exchange for sales of chicken feed to Chile. Last March, the Argentine government introduced the program in order to increase exports, raise investment in local industry and support diminishing central bank reserves. The government predicts that the trade surplus will decrease to $8.6 billion in 2012 from $12.1 billion in 2010.

The move has its detractors. One of those is Marcos Ferrario, an economist who monitors the auto industry at Buenos Aires-based research company Abeceb.com. He said that if Argentina continues with these measures, there will be “fewer vehicle imports, less variety and lower sales."

He explained that it would be “very difficult to counterbalance imports of luxury cars” with sales of other items like “olives or wines.” Each car is valued at about $150,000. The companies will need to match imports with exports, dollar for dollar. Pulenta said that Nordenwagen SA will have to compensate for imports worth $8 million this year.

To accomplish this, Nordenwagen SA will supplement shipments of Bodegas Pulenta Estate wines, such as those made from Argentina's malbec grape, with purchases of wines from other producers. It will also be shipping olives. For the past 18 years, Pulenta has been importing cars built by Porsche.

That the style of the Porsche 911 Carrera is an evolved version is clear no matter where one looks at it. The front end is wider and has been improved with the new headlights and the side air intakes being larger. On the rear end meanwhile, the variably extending and now wider spoiler helps highlight the fact that this new model has a higher power output.

Looked at on its side, the alloy wheels are larger and sports a new style. With the windscreen having a more convex shape, it gives the 911 Carrera a livelier quality with a more coupe-like character. All of these changes, plus the optimizations done on the aerodynamics, more than guarantee that the lift is lower while ensuring that cd value remains to be just as good. Going back to the rear, completing the profile are the lights that use LED technology but have been made narrower and redesigned.

The new 911 Carrera is also able to put in new benchmarks when it comes to the Porsche Intelligent Performance. The use of the advanced lightweight aluminum steel on the body and then mixed in with the new functions and components results in excellent driving dynamics with amazing efficiency. Indeed, when it comes to this class sports car, the new 911 Carrera has undergone what may be the most significant development steps.

This is because an estimated 90% of all its parts have either been redeveloped or even redesigned. Aside from the new lightweight body, the suspension systems are new as well and the efficiency of the drivetrain has been enhanced even further. As mentioned, there is also the new Porsche Intelligent Performance.

A good example of the effect of all these changes is that not only is the driving dynamics better but both fuel consumptions and emissions are lower by 16%, ensuring that driving the 911 Carrera is practical even on a daily basis.

For the new 911 Carrera, the proportions and the design were made in line with the new technology. Although the maximum headroom is still the same, the roof line of the new Carrera is lower by about 7 mm when compared to the previous model and as much as 6 mm compared to the Carrera S. Versions that have a sunroof will have, for the first time, the electric tilt/slide type with the headroom larger by 15 mm.

In terms of dimension, total length is at 4.5 m (176.81 in.) with its width standing at 1.8 m (71.18 in.). This means that compared to the other models in its segment, the new 911 Carrera continues to be the most compact.

However one of the most obvious differences the new 911 Carrera has with other models is that the wheelbase is longer by 100 mm (3.94 in.). While the body is longer lengthwise by 56 mm (2.20 in.), the overhang in the front is shorter by 32 mm (1.26 in.), with the rear overhang is shortened as well by 12 mm (0.47 in.).

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