Porsche builds 25,000th Panamera, to produce hybrid version

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Aug 5, 2010

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Only ten months after it first went on sale, the Panamera has hit a milestone with the model's 25,000th unit rolling off the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany.

The landmark vehicle packs a 3.6-liter 300hp V6 engine. The ruby-red Panamera will soon be delivered to its customer in the Unites States of America.

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"The benchmark performance of our Panamera V6 models wins over our customers worldwide," said Bernhard Maier, Porsche’s executive vice president for sales and marketing. "Even in the USA, a country with a preference for V8 engines, they impress with their efficiency and sportiness. The 4-door combines these aspects with the comfort and exclusivity of the luxury class."

The Panamera first rolled out of the Leipzig factory in September 2009. Initially, the Panamera only had a 4.8-liter V8 engine--naturally-aspirated to produce 400hp for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, and twin-turbocharged to eke out 500hp for the Panamera Turbo. The 3.6-liter V6 engine only became available for the Panamera and Panamera 4 in May.

Porsche plans to introduce a Panamera with a hybrid drive system next year. It will be similar to the Cayenne S Hybrid’s system that is expected to go on sale before the end of 2010.

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