Porsche in India targets 100 cars in three months

Tuesday, 26 October 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: German automaker Porsche, which makes some of the most coveted sports cars in the world, has said it is looking to sell around 100 cars in the next three months in India, which will be one of its major new markets.

"We have no finite targets in India, we are going to start small," Mark Bishop, managing director of Porsche Middle East based in Dubai, told a news conference here at the official launch of car in the country.

"But with our partners here, we do expect to make a beginning of about 100 cars in the next three months. We recognize we are going to start small in India."

The German carmaker has brought its new Boxster S. model, the Cayenne SUV and latest Carrera 911 range to India, priced between 4.7 million ($100,000) and 8.6 million ($185,000).

In India, Porsche is represented by Satya Bagla's Exclusive Motors in Delhi and Sheryan Motors, headed by Ashish Chordia, in Mumbai.

Both importers plan to open Porsche Centres by the end of the year in their respective cities, which would have a showroom and after-sales facilities.

"After these two main cities, Porsche is going to expand to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai," said Bishop.

The new Boxster is Porsche's second-generation model after its debut in 1996 and is the entry-level sports model for the carmaker. It will be available in India early next year.

The 3.2 litre engine will have a 280 horsepower and a maximum speed of 256 kilometres per hour, capable of doing 0-100 kilometres in 5.5 seconds, Porsche officials said.

The Cayenne has an entry level version with a V6 engine, a Cayenne S model with a V8 engine with 340 break horsepower and the top line Cayenne Turbo with 450 horsepower, enabling to accelerate from 0-100 kilometres in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 266 kilometres per hour.

Porsche claims that the Cayenne is the fastest sports utility vehicle in the market. "The Cayenne is a true sports car. It's nimble, it's safe and it's a perfect car for Indian conditions."

The Carrera stable has the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera.

The 911 S model can accelerate from 0-100 kilometres in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 293 kilometres per hour, a 3.8 litre engine and 355 break horsepower.

The optimum efficiency of the cars is with 98 Octave fuel but they can also run on 95 and 90 Octane.

Source: IANS
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