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Porsche sports cars to live on in EV era

epa05853672 The CEO of Porsche AG, Oliver Blume poses prior to the annual results press conference of Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany, 17 March 2017.  EPA/DANIEL KOPATSCH

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Porsche AG will pursue a three-pronged strategy to diversify its lineup as the German manufacturer gears up for the rollout of its first all-electric sports car next year to tackle a fundamental industry shift towards battery-powered vehicles.
“There will be a triad: plug-in hybrids, emotional sports cars with combustion engines and sporty electric vehicles,” Chief
Executive Officer Oliver Blume said at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany, celebrating the 70th anniversary of its first sports car, the 356. The roadster was manufactured in Gmuend, Austria, and marked the beginning of Porsche’s own vehicle production after the company previously provided engineering for other manufacturers.
“There will always be demand for intelligent sporty mobility,” Blume said. “At Porsche the driving experience will always be at the forefront, but in a traffic jam or when you park a car the driver might want to hand over control of the vehicle,” he said. Porsche is the most profitable brand of Volkswagen AG, the world’s largest automaker, and is seeking to protect its industry-leading margins even as spending surges for development of electric vehicles and digital services. Maintaining Porsche’s earnings is crucial for Volkswagen because Audi, the division that’s the largest profit contributor in absolute terms, has lost ground in sales to Mercedes-Benz and BMW AG and continues to struggle with the fallout from the group’s diesel-emissions scandal.

Another Record
Porsche’s global deliveries reached a fresh annual record in 2017, with demand rising almost 4 percent to 246,000 cars. Rapid volume growth in recent years has been largely driven by adding the compact Macan sport-utility vehicle to the lineup. Gains might slow in 2018 as Porsche said it aims to “stabilise” deliveries and safeguard the marque’s exclusivity. Still, the introduction of a revamped version of the Cayenne sport-utility vehicle in China and the US, Porsche’s two largest markets, should support demand this year.
Robust sales and healthy returns are strengthening Porsche’s financial muscle to introduce the all-electric Mission E coupe in 2019 and subsequently add more partly and fully electric vehicles across its lineup. Customer feedback has been encouraging so far, with some 60 percent of buyers of the updated Panamera four-door coupe in Europe opting for the hybrid version. The technology for the next generation of Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car will also allow integration of a battery that could provide extra boost.
“We have everything it takes for the next 70 years,” Blume said. But risks remain as “the world is changing rapidly.” “The future of Porsche also hinges on the success” of the Mission E electric car, he said.

epa06475806 A view of the production of different sports cars at an assembly line at the Sports car manufacturer Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany, 26 January 2018. Porsche AG is a listed German manufacturer of sports cars based in Stuttgart. Porsche AG will present the results of the 2017 financial year at their Annual Press Conference 2018 on 16 March 2018 in Stuttgart.  EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

epa06475805 A view of the production of different sports cars at an assembly line at the Sports car manufacturer Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany, 26 January 2018. Porsche AG is a listed German manufacturer of sports cars based in Stuttgart. Porsche AG will present the results of the 2017 financial year at their Annual Press Conference 2018 on 16 March 2018 in Stuttgart.  EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

epa06475728 A view of the production of a 718 Cayman sports cars at an assembly line of German sports car manufacturer Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany, 26 January 2018. Porsche AG is a listed German manufacturer of sports cars based in Stuttgart. Porsche AG will present the results of the 2017 financial year at their Annual Press Conference 2018 on 16 March 2018 in Stuttgart.  EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

epa06475801 An employees wearing gloves checks a Porsche sign at a production station of sports cars at the Sports car manufacturer Porsche in Stuttgart,, Germany, 26 January 2018. Porsche AG is a listed German manufacturer of sports cars based in Stuttgart. Porsche AG will present the results of the 2017 financial year at their Annual Press Conference 2018 on 16 March 2018 in Stuttgart.  EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

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