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Wonder if anyone has clicked that link.  I know I couldn't be bothered.  :p

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Porsche to make Panamera four-door

German luxury carmaker Porsche began manufacturing its Panamera four-door car at its factory in Leipzig, Germany.

The company, based in Stuttgart, said it has spent 1 billion euros ($A1.71 billion) developing the completely new model, which goes on sale alongside its two sports-car models and its hulking Cayenne sports utility vehicle.

The low-slung Panamera is aimed at rich people who want sports-car handling and style while carrying back-seat passengers, and is seen as competing mainly with premium BMW and Mercedes-Benz cars.

Porsche said it expects to manufacture 20,000 Panamera cars per year. The model goes on sale in September in Germany.

A senior executive, Michael Macht, said orders for the Panamera were "higher than expected" but declined to give figures.

Sales of premium cars in Germany have slumped as consumers have been wounded by the recession. Macht said world sales of the Cayenne were currently off by 20 to 25 per cent. Volkswagen makes the body shells for both the Panamera and Cayenne.

"A crisis is an opportunity," said Macht. "We see this as the right car coming at the right time."

There was no word during the assembly line launch about Porsche's fate after last year's cheeky attempt to take over Volkswagen went awry.

Porsche obtained more than half of the voting shares in Volkswagen last year but has been unable to secure control and is instead hobbled with a reported nine billion euros ($A15.84 billion) in debt.

Porsche reportedly holds options on enough shares to raise its Volkswagen stake from 51 to 75 per cent. Analysts say that unwinding those options, many of which expire this month, could lead to huge losses for Porsche if the Volkswagen stock slumps.

The Porsche and Piech families who control Porsche agreed last month to seek a merger with Volkswagen. Talks are continuing.


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Saw quite a few Panameras in and around Stuttgart and even chased one up to 276kmh in our M5, performance is definately impressive from the looks of it but styling wise it does nothing for me!


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Porsche Panamera receives 16-speaker sound system from Burmester

Instead of just enjoying the powerful roar of the engine through the exhaust pipes some have opted to take pleasure in playing their favorite music en-route to their destination.

The famous German audio company Burmester has joined foces with Porsche to produce a special upmarket audio system for the latest 2010 Panamera by Porsche.

The first car Burmester made an audio system for is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, and now it’s the Panamera’s turn. The system consists of 16 speakers, each equipped with its own individual amplifier with ranges from 25 watts for the tweeters up to 300 watts for the subwoofer. The dashboard comes with an air-motion tweeter and the amplifiers are all analog for the best quality sound. The resulting product, considering that Burmester has been at it for five years, provides an unparalleled audio experience that has received the endorsement of Porsche. The basic system comes with a hefty 5,000 Euro ($7,000) price tag.


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Porsche Has Almost 3,000 Advance Orders for Panamera

By Andreas Cremer

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Porsche SE, maker of the 911 sports car, said it has almost 3,000 orders for the new four-door Panamera model, two months before the vehicle reaches showrooms.

Buyers new to the Porsche brand are likely to account for 80 percent to 85 percent of Panamera buyers, Christian Dau, a spokesman, told reporters at the carmaker’s Stuttgart, Germany, headquarters. Porsche is sticking to a target of selling 20,000 Panameras in the fiscal year starting in August, he said.

“None of our previous model lines has ever before yielded such high interest so early,” Dau said. “This shows what we’ve said all along, that this car is coming at the best possible time.”

The Panamera, which cost 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to develop and is priced starting at almost 94,600 euros, is the first new Porsche product since the Cayenne sport-utility vehicle became the third model in the company’s lineup in 2002.

The car will be delivered in Germany starting in September and in the U.S. a month later. The model is part of Porsche’s strategy of stemming a sales decline caused by the recession. The company’s North American vehicle deliveries fell 36 percent in the six months through June, and global sales in the fiscal first half ended Jan. 31 dropped 27 percent.


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any idea on an aussie release date?

Offline jim501

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Is 3000 really that many for a car like that? How many California's are pre-ordered?

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any idea on an aussie release date?
October 3 I believe will be the public unveiling.

Offline YSS

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ive ordered a panamera turbo
vanilla cars are here in october and customised cars from november

i love the packaging i not the looks.  got the burmester audio too - really looking forward to that.

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