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Car is expected to come to the US

Porsche is reportedly working on a plug-in hybrid version of its popular Panamera four-door sports sedan. The car is expected as 2014 model and according to a source familiar with Porsche's plans, the car is likely to come to the United States. With the U.S. being one of the largest markets for Porsche, the odds are good that the new car will come here.
 
Volkswagen owns nearly half of Porsche and is planning on rolling out plug-in hybrid versions of the VW Passat and the Audi Q7 in 2014 or 2015. Rudolf Krebs, VW's group chief officer for electric traction, said last week in an interview, "We are really convinced that the future of hybrids won't be pure hybrids, but the plug-in hybrids."


Porsche Panamera Hybrid
 
Another reason these carmakers are looking at unveiling plug-in hybrids in the U.S. is to meet the pending CAFE requirements that significantly increase fuel economy across the carmakers fleet over the coming years. Plug-in hybrids able to travel on electric power alone help offset fuel swilling vehicles that are in the corporate fleets.
 
Most the hybrids on the U.S. market today do not have plug-in functionality. The typical hybrid has a battery power system, but is only able to charge the batteries while the combustion engine runs and the vehicle is in motion. The plug-in hybrids add the ability to connect the battery packs directly to AC power at home or at a charging station on the go to charge the batteries allowing for a higher electric driving range. 

 
The plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche Panamera won't be the first time we've seen a hybrid from the sports carmaker. In February of 2011, Porsche unveiled the Panamera S Hybrid with a $95,000 sticker price. Porsche also has a diesel version of the Panamera is good for 36 miles per gallon.

Source: Auto News



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Ugh!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/21/2012 10:47:27 AM , Rating: 1
I can accept the Panamera for what it is... but I can't not accept that rear-end. Good god it's hideous.




RE: Ugh!
By FaceMaster on 3/21/2012 10:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I can't not accept


Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...


RE: Ugh!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/21/2012 11:13:13 AM , Rating: 3
My comment = FAIL :)


RE: Ugh!
By Spuke on 3/21/2012 11:50:24 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
LOL


RE: Ugh!
By hexxthalion on 3/21/2012 11:50:43 AM , Rating: 3
let's be honest here, it's FUGLY :) I just don't understand why would anybody buy this over Aston or Maserati


RE: Ugh!
By Flunk on 3/21/2012 12:33:43 PM , Rating: 2
Lower price? I know it's not normally an issue in this segment but it IS less expensive than the Masarati Quatroporte and whatever the big ugly Aston is called.


RE: Ugh!
By mellomonk on 3/21/2012 2:29:24 PM , Rating: 2
Well if you watched the Top Gear from a few years back where they compared it to the equivalent Maserati Quattroporte and Aston Rapide it came down to pretty much one thing. Performance. It ate the other two for lunch in nearly every performance category. That is reason enough for many.

Agreed it's looks are, to be kind, polarizing. But it is better in person and stands out in a crowd.


RE: Ugh!
By seamonkey79 on 3/21/2012 6:27:51 PM , Rating: 2
Having seen it in person, it's actually uglier than it is in those pictures up there.


RE: Ugh!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/22/2012 1:08:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a fan of this vehicle, but it IS still a Porsche in almost every measure. Aston's are garbage, let's be honest. And the only thing Maserati has in common with Ferrari are the maintenance bills, but none of the performance and styling.


RE: Ugh!
By messele on 3/23/2012 3:13:59 AM , Rating: 2
Indeed it is a Porsche in every measure. Boring, common, overhyped, archaic and typically germanic.

Qualify Aston Martin as garbage?

I didn't realise the maintenance bills for Italian exotics were disproportionate these days. Care to relay the experiences with maintaining yours?


RE: Ugh!
By BZDTemp on 3/21/2012 2:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
That acceptance will go away the first time you see a Panamera parked next to a 911.

I think Porsche should work on making the Panamera not-ugly for a start and once there done they can go work on the Cayenne and the Cayman as well.


RE: Ugh!
By Spuke on 3/21/2012 4:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with the Cayman?


RE: Ugh!
By BZDTemp on 3/22/2012 6:46:15 AM , Rating: 2
The lines from the doors over the rear wheels, the line that start from under the door and then goes to the op of the rear wheel arches, the rear window... pretty much anything from behind the doors except the wheels which are nice and round.


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