Porsche reported an almost 8% increase in sales during the first half of 2014 to 87,800 units. In the first six months, the new Panamera Gran Turismo was especially in demand with around 13,500 units were delivered—a rise of 28%. Also, almost one in ten customers opted for the Panamera S-E plug-in hybrid model. (Earlier post.)
The new Panamera S E-Hybrid’s electric drive produces 95 hp (70 kW), more than double the power of the previous hybrid model’s electric motor (47 hp). Electricity is stored in a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. Via the integrated on-board charging componentry and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid, which starts in the US at $99,000, is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 167 mph (269 km/h).
In the first six months of 2014, Porsche increased sales in all key regions. There was a particularly strong response from European customers. The number of units sold rose by 14% to almost 30,000 deliveries. Of these, 12,300 units were sold in the home market of Germany.
In the US, Porsche recorded 23,000 new cars delivered —up 8%compared to the period January to June 2013. In China, also Porsche reports a rise of 8% with 19,800 cars in the first six months of 2014. The majority of deliveries worldwide were registered by the Cayenne with 37,200 units, followed by the 911 model series (15,615).