Porsche thinks about Gas-Electric Hybrid Vehicle

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by AstonDB7, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. DETROIT -- German sports car and luxury SUV maker Porsche AG is studying whether to offer a hybrid gas-electric model, possibly a version of its Cayenne sport utility vehicle, the head of Porsche's North American unit said.

    Peter Schwarzenbauer, president of Porsche North America, said a team has been studying whether the auto maker should develop a hybrid model since earlier this year. "It looks like this is probably a trend for the future," Mr. Schwarzenbauer said in Detroit on Tuesday. "We are seriously looking at this technology" for the North American market.

    Japanese auto makers Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) and Honda Motor Co. (HMC) are pursuing aggressive plans to expand sales of gas-electric hybrids in North America. Earlier this week, General Motors Corp. (GM) and DaimlerChrysler AG ( DCX) announced an alliance to develop hybrid technology. Toyota and the GM- DaimlerChrysler alliance are looking for other auto makers to buy or license their competing technologies.

    Separately, Mr. Schwarzenbauer said Porsche is on track for record sales in the North American market in 2004, surpassing 2003 sales by about 10%. Sales for 2004 should exceed the company's previous annual sales record in North America, set in 1986, of 30,471 cars, reaching about 32,500 vehicles sold. If the economy stays on track and "the world doesn't go crazy" Porsche should surpass 2004 sales in 2005, he said.

    Porsche continues to study whether to offer a fourth model beyond its Boxster roadster, 911 series sports cars and Cayenne SUV. The company's deliberations are "30% if, and 70% what," Mr. Schwarzenbauer said. He said a decision should come sometime in mid-2005.
     
  2. they better not make it
     
  3. Next thing they will do is make an SUV, ohh wait.
     
  4. I'd like to see a Hybrid Boxster.... do you remember about those rumours about a high-performance turbodiesel 911?...
     
  5. If they do decided to make it. I hope it at least performs well
     
  6. I don't see the problem....
     
  7. i hope they don't do this.. this is a work for honda or mazda
     
  8. Me neither... as long as it doesn't hurt the performance I'd like to see hybrid 911s and Boxsters...
     
  9. who said performance has to be not fuel efficient.....that's what I don't get.....

    IMO if they went with diesel, although it might be more efficient, the whole characteristic of the car will be messed up because of diesel's lack of aural quality and lazy rev.....hybrid is interesting because if its like the other hybrid, when you are putting around in your sportscar, you are using much less fuel, but you still got that motor there to use when you are going to push it.....PLUS the extra power from the electrical side....

    win/win IMO.....

    I don't see the problem....
     
  10. I think it's awesome
    Porsche performance for honda mileage
     
  11. Well, despite that you can't change how it sounds, the lazy rev of diesels is fixed by the torque... I've been thinking about this for a long time, imagine a Caterham with one of the 1.9 VW diesel engines fitted on the Golf and Leon, cheap engine, chipped they're easily around 200Hp and 400/450m... imagine that, amazing performance, and FANTASTIC fuel comsumption... I'd do that...
     
  12. I would love to see diesel Turbo.
     
  13. Not that I'm against diesels, but it would be horrible. Though I'm pretty sure porsche will do that as well someday.
     
  14. Hell yeah!
     
  15. "Back when I was your age, Porsche was a small sports car company that produced amazing performing rear and mid engined cars. Now they even make an economy FWD hatchback so everyone can have a Porsche."

    Anyone else shudder when they picture themselves saying that 30 years from now?
     
  16. That was on April Fools last year.. remember?
     
  17. hybrid != econo-hatchback....
     
  18. i'm all for it............ nothing says that sports car can't get good gas mileage
     
  19. Porsche Prius. Sounds right. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
     
  20. Are you sure?... damn rumours...
     
  21. YES. I also think the 911 will pretty much loose all its 911ness by then.
     

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