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#21 drball

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:22 AM

I never cared for them, it is like having a four door and a SUV corvette from the factory.

#22 Harry P.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:43 PM

Who wrote the law that Porsche is only allowed to make sports cars?



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 09:39 AM

the automotive equivalent of  "The Peter Principle". sooner or later, everyone gets promoted to a position entirely unsuited for their capability, and it becomes their downfall. stick to what you're best at is the moral.



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:19 AM

Who wrote the law that Porsche is only allowed to make sports cars?

Sports cars are what the company was built on...it's rich history is all about sports cars and success in sports car racing.   When Porsche was still independent, it added the Cayenne (with some platform sharing w/ VW) as a profit center (cynically cashing in on the overheated SUV/CUV market boom of the last decade).

 

Now that Porsche is fully part of the VW family, it really doesn't need the Cayenne or the Panamera, as those overlap with Audi models.  But they are adding yet another SUV soon.

 

Consider Ferrari--they make sports and GT cars only, they don't do SUVs or luxury sedans. Jeep doesn't make sports cars or sedans. Porsche should be the same way, IMO...maintain the brand vision and focus.


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:03 PM

Sports cars are what the company was built on...it's rich history is all about sports cars and success in sports car racing.   When Porsche was still independent, it added the Cayenne (with some platform sharing w/ VW) as a profit center (cynically cashing in on the overheated SUV/CUV market boom of the last decade).

 

Now that Porsche is fully part of the VW family, it really doesn't need the Cayenne or the Panamera, as those overlap with Audi models.  But they are adding yet another SUV soon.

 

Consider Ferrari--they make sports and GT cars only, they don't do SUVs or luxury sedans. Jeep doesn't make sports cars or sedans. Porsche should be the same way, IMO...maintain the brand vision and focus.

 

Yeah, I can see the logic in that argument.

 

But I can also see the logic in the Porsche braintrust sitting around a big conference table and saying, hey, we should maybe try to expand the brand... you know, appeal to a wider consumer base and not artificially limit ourselves to a tiny sliver of the consumer pie by building only sports cars. We could sell a lot more cars if we also offered a 4-door and an SUV alongside our sports car models. There are people out there that would love to own a vehicle with the "Porsche" name but want something other than a sports car.

 

Both are perfectly logical ways to go. Porsche chose to expand the brand.