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Porsche boss admits Panamera's style is offputting

By Deeq on 13 Oct 2014 in Super cars, Sales report

Attached Image The design of the Porsche Panamera has been divisive, to say the least. Pretty much any Porsche with four doors was going to draw the ire of enthusiasts, but the fast-back-style roofline, prominent curves and seemingly never-ending hood have particularly irked some brand loyalists.

Finally, Porsche's headman is admitting to that.

CEO Matthias Mueller said the appearance – inside and out – has missed the mark, and changes are coming for the redesign. "There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better," Mueller said. "For example the design could be better."
 
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Porsche design chief Michael Mauer told the website that improvements have been made for the new model, and that it will have an even more dramatic roofline. "We have addressed certain things and I think it is more attractive, but if as a designer I was to tell you the successor generation doesn't look as good as the old one, then most likely I should look for another job," Mauer said.
 
The appearance of the Panamera has found some supporters, and the sedan has been generally well-received for its power, poise on the road and luxurious features. Moreover, it's extended the scope of Porsche's lineup, fattened the company's bottom line and added a crucial vehicle for the China market.
 
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The Panamera was designed on Mauer's watch, though long before Mueller took over as Porsche CEO in October 2010. It launched in 2009, and the Panamera portfolio has grown to include a long-wheelbase model, a plugin hybrid and other variants that allow it to compete everything from the Tesla Model S to the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Since then, the Panamera's appearance has grown on some enthusiasts, as our Michael Harley noted immediately in our first drive back in 2009:
 
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Meanwhile, Panamera sales have remained strong in the United States, well into its life cycle. Sales dipped slightly in September to 450 units (25 fewer than a year ago), but are still up 447 units to 4,395 sales this year.

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Written by Deeq
With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.



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ManHong Oct 13 2014 11:37 AM

after so many years, finally..

Bavarian Oct 13 2014 02:47 PM

It even divides the opinion on myself. One minute nice, another minute ugly.

Jamesc Oct 13 2014 02:53 PM

I don't think he needs to worry.

 

Suckers are still buying it and paying a lot of money for it.

 

You can put a Porsche badge on an Audi and people will still buy it.

kimchisoup Oct 13 2014 03:10 PM

not that bad afterall..

Turboflat4 Oct 13 2014 04:54 PM

I don't think he needs to worry.

 

Suckers are still buying it and paying a lot of money for it.

 

You can put a Porsche badge on an Audi and people will still buy it.

 

Porsche realised exactly that after the Cayenne, when they rebadged a mere VW and suckers still lapped it up.

Jamesc Oct 13 2014 04:59 PM

 

Porsche realised exactly that after the Cayenne, when they rebadged a mere VW and suckers still lapped it up.

 

Would give you 5 points but cannot give praise points here.

 

Porsche are experts in Marketing as well as Engineering but what they are really go at is making money from the stock market.

 

They made 8 billion from buying VW shares cheap and selling them high.

 

I just wished they were looking after our money.

Imm Oct 13 2014 09:59 PM

Shape of Panamera reminds me of this:

 

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LiuDeHua Oct 14 2014 09:25 AM

Since we are on the topic of Porsche, and you guys say that Panamera and Cayenne are for suckers, whats your opinion on the Cayman and the Macan?

 

Of cos I know that a true blue porsche is a 911, but that's really way of out my league. 

Jamesc Oct 14 2014 10:09 AM

Macan is fantastic. Audi price Porsche badge.

 

Everyone's a winner.

Bavarian Oct 14 2014 11:43 AM

... and skoda parts

LiuDeHua Oct 15 2014 10:19 AM

The way you guys say about the Macan, I don't even know its good anot xia. You praising it or suan-ing it? 

 

What about the Cayman? Most common Porsche on the roads.

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