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Old 23rd November 2008, 18:05   #16
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End of the day, its gonna make money for the company. And since many people would buy it,
Absolutely. I did state earlier that it will be a sales success without a doubt. But my point is different and not related to potential success : It is sacrilege for Porsche to make a diesel SUV! 4 door diesel sedans sell too, maybe you'd support one from Porsche when it comes out too? The day is prolly not too far away with the Panarema et all.

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If brand dilution was the case, then the Boxster wouldn't exist in the first place.
Incorrect. The Boxster still maintains Porsches core values. And yes, it is a sports car. In fact, the only reason that Porsche didn't give the Boxster + roof (Cayman) an LSD is that, the performance would be within a fraction of the 911.

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In that case the v6 petrol cayanne too is only almost quick as the mundane family sedan, the 530i.
I have never welcomed the V6 Cayenne with open arms either.

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Porsche need not have a history of diesel engines, it has a headstart thanks to its brother VW.
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Old 23rd November 2008, 18:16   #17
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I guess Porsche is one of the first to have launched "ALL" their stuff in India! and I guess there is a really high demand for the same!
Also as per the "Diesel" aspect of it, I completely agree with Sahil, Mercedes Benz specifically have been running a project/study for quite some time now regarding Diesel powerplants and what I have heard (correct me if I am wrong on this) is that the Diesels are a lot easier to cleanup compared to the petrol ones!
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I guess Porsche is one of the first to have launched "ALL" their stuff in India!
Not that it's very relevant, but Bentley have done it too. All 6 i.e. Arnage and Conti in sedan, cabrio and coupe form are here.

And what is all this talk of the 530 being a mundane family sedan? Hush! I just had the drive of my life a couple of days back.

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Never mind the Critics, The Porsche Cayenne Diesel is here.
And guess what, it will sell too...
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Never mind the Critics, The Porsche Cayenne Diesel is here.
And guess what, it will sell too...
So when can we see pics of the first car?
I hope the rear badge doesn't say Cayanne_D

I believe ex showroom minus octroi is 65 lakhs? What standard features will that have?
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It will have the same standard features of the Cayenne 6-Cylinder petrol and its 65 Lakhs ex-showroom minus octroi.

And there wouldnt be a D badge at the back (i guess).
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I think the Diesel Cayenne should work well for Porsche's India sales. With the introduction of the Panamera, and its Diesel version, Porsche should be a significant player in the CBU marketspace. People who usually drive BMWs and Mercedeses are simply are awestruck after driving a Porsche.

If Porsche could offer wider dealership and service facilities on a pan- India basis, they could fare much better. Porsche might reassure prospective buyers about prompt service backup, but the availability of a dealership/ service workshop in the South should go a long way in convincing them about their 65-75L cars. If volumes do not call for standalone facilities, a tie-up with any established workshop should be considered. I know of many people who wants to buy a Cayenne, but go for Q7s, X5s and MLs just because of their apprehensions about maintenance facilities, and of course the availability of appropriate grade/ quality fuel especially after Reliance pumps have stopped functioning.
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While saying 'diesel' in the same breath as 'Porsche' is akin to saying 'rosy' and 'shark' or 'mawkish' and 'Mafia', it's not entirely to be scoffed at.

In the world- very fast world - of speedboat racing, 8 of the top 10 teams use massive diesels to power their craft. Typically, a pace-setting boat is equipped with twin Lamborghini V-12 truck diesels. They may not rev like Dame Kiri te Kanawa, but they could tow the Eiffel Tower.
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