German sports car maker Porsche AG saw its operating profit soar by 3 percent in the first half of 2013 to EUR1.29 billion. The carmaker also saw its sales surge by 4 percent in the January-July period to EUR7.03 billion as its deliveries rise 18 percent to 81,565 vehicles. Lutz Meschke, Chief Financial Officer of Porsche AG, was very satisfied with the carmaker’s half-year results as the economic situation in Europe remains in critical condition.
Meschke underscored Porsche’s earning power as reflected in its high return on sales of 18 percent. He remarked that through growth and cost discipline, they were able to compensate substantial expenditures for the development of new models like 918 Spyder and the Macan, which production is expected to commence this year.
Meschke remarked that those expenditures have yet been offset by corresponding vehicle sales in the current fiscal year, which will only be realized in 2014 when the new models are sold. According to Meschke, Porsche is targeting to post a 2013 result that matches its figures in 2012. Porsche President and chief executive Matthias Mueller remains optimistic for the carmaker in the second half of 2013.
The carmaker is expecting to make a second-half salvo with new models like the 911 GT3, 911 Turbo and Turbo S as well as the '50 Years 911' exclusive special model. Porsche is launching the new generation of the Panamera that includes the Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Porsche's new Panamera S E-Hybrid is a meticulously modern development of the parallel full hybrid with a more potent electric motor, a stronger performance battery that provides extra energy and the capability to charge it externally from the electrical grid. The electric drive generates 95 hp (70 kW), which is two times the power of its predecessor’s electric motor at 47 hp (34 kW).
It pulls its energy from a freshly generated lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has as much as five times the 1.7 kWh energy volume of the former battery in nickel metal hydride technology. When linked to an industrial outlet, it can be charged for as much as two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the default Porsche Universal Charger (AC), and about less than four hours when plugged into a home electrical outlet in Germany.
The all-new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid far outshines the driving capability of its predecessor. Also, the former model’s NEDC fuel usage of 7.1 l/100 km was lessened by 56 percent to 3.1 l/100 km. To top it off, its all-electric driving capability was significantly enhanced with regards to electric acceleration, range, and top speed.