Porsche Panamera plans uncovered
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Porsche Panamera plans uncovered

Date: 20 May 2006 Author Type: Registered Journalist
Author: Andrew Walker
Porsche will build its latest luxury sports car, the Panamera, in Leipzig, creating up to 600 new jobs in the eastern German city.

But a spokesperson for Porsche declined to comment, saying only that the car maker`s chairperson, Wendelin Wiedeking was scheduled to hold a news conference in Leipzig.

Porsche, which currently makes the 911, Boxster and Cayenne models, has great hopes for its four-door Panamera.

The car maker estimates that annual sales of the new car could amount to at least 20 000, enabling group-wide sales to top 100 000 vehicles each year.

Panamera, the successor to the controversial 928, incorporates distinctive styling elements from the Cayenne SUV and the Carrera GT sports car. The roof is tall for easy entry and exit, and the rear end is high enough to swallow a set of vacation luggage.

Despite its pragmatic proportions and bigger-than-expected dimensions, the Panamera is instantly recognizable as a Porsche.

Trademark cues include Carrera GT-type headlamps, large lateral front air intakes borrowed from the 911 Turbo, a wide tailgate à la Cayenne, and a four-light boomerang greenhouse to avoid that slouchy SUV/wagon look.

It blends a front/midengine layout with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

When first proposed, the major question mark was who would help Porsche develop and build it. Volkswagen was the likely partner, with the possibility of the joint project spawning up to four different rear- and all-wheel-drive model lines: the Porsche Panamera; a VW Phaeton replacement, a high-roof, theater-seating full-size luxury coupe-van hybrid; a new five-door VW sportback to be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton; and the Bentley Arnage, Azure DHC and Continental coupe replacements.
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