• Nov 11, 2007
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As was the case last year, the upcoming LA Auto Show will have a decidedly "green" tinge to it as automakers use the California setting to tout the alt-fuel offerings that they're both selling now and have under development. Porsche (now that it has removed Detroit from its calendar) calls LA its most important showcase, and will bring the Cayenne Hybrid along for all to see. Due by the end of the decade, the Cayenne uses a parallel hybrid system that will help the SUV achieve fuel economy of at least 26 US MPG. This, while retaining its off-road capabilities and and a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds, according to an earlier announcement by the automaker. Joining the Cayenne Hybrid on the stand will be Lohner-Porsche electric vehicle, which first made its debut at the 1900 World's Fair. Yep, they did in-wheel electric motors way back then, too. AutoblogGreen has more on Porsche's vintage EV, and we'll have a full complement of Autobloggers on hand in LA to get the skinny on the Cayenne Hybrid.

[Source: Porsche]



PRESS RELEASE:
Porsche at the Los Angeles Auto Show Committed to Alternative Drive Systems

Stuttgart/Los Angeles. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is presenting drive concepts particularly friendly to the environment at the Los Angeles Auto Show starting on November 16, 2007: The highlight of this leading event at the Los Angeles Convention Center is of course the first appearance of the innovative Cayenne Hybrid in America. At the same time Porsche is also presenting a milestone in automobile development to the well-informed public attending the most significant trend show in North America with their great knowledge of history and technical development over the years: The electric-drive Lohner-Porsche from the year 1900, one of the world's first zero emission vehicles and, accordingly, a forerunner for hybrid drive.

With its future-oriented electric motors in the wheel hubs, the Lohner-Porsche was acknowledged as the absolute sensation at the Paris World Fair in 1900. On loan from the Technical Museum in Vienna, Austria, this outstanding achievement in technology protected today as a universal monument is now to be seen the first time outside of Europe at an auto show.

It was this vehicle, Ferdinand Porsche's first major project completed at the time without layshafts and without a transmission that gave the 24-year-old automobile genius his breakthrough as a pioneer in the history of the automobile. Shortly thereafter Ferdinand Porsche added a combustion engine providing power for the electric generator to the electric drive system with two internal-pole motors in the front wheels. This made Porsche's hybrid drive ready for production and created a unique highlight at the Paris Auto Show in 1901.

More than 100 years later the engineers at Porsche's Weissach Research & Development Center took up precisely this concept, creating the future-oriented high-tech Cayenne Hybrid, a unique vehicle combining superior efficiency with equally superior driving dynamics. The Full-Parallel-Hybrid System developed by Porsche combines the best of two worlds so efficiently that the series-production will consume less than 9 liters/100 km. An equally important point was to maintain Porsche's typically ambitious standards in terms of vehicle weight and driving dynamics also in the hybrid model. And perhaps the best news is that Porsche will be introducing this very economical SUV before the end of this decade.

The Los Angeles Auto Show has become the most significant show for Porsche in the USA, reaching Porsche customers in one of the brand's main regions with maximum impact and with a great effect on the company's image. The particular lifestyle of California is clearly borne out by the new Porsche GT2 likewise making its North American debut in Los Angeles and offering high technology of tomorrow in today's market: This 530-hp super-sportscar is powered by a biturbo engine featuring a new expansion intake manifold to reduce fuel consumption under full load. The fastest production-911 of all times will be available as of February 2008 in the USA at a retail price of US$ 191,700.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      What happened to no hybrid besmirching the porsche heritage
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Endtimes are neigh. Seriously, Porsche, a friggen hybrid SUV?!? Why not just open up Ferry Porsche's grave and simply piss on his fore-skull?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dr. Porsche will be just fine. Follow the 1st Hybrid Posche link below...
      • 7 Years Ago
      where is the Porsche biodeisel crewcab, 8ft bed pickup that pulls .91 on the skidpad?

      Really, this would make as much sense.

      -E.S. Romero
      • 7 Years Ago
      I seriously hope that they aren't going to keep those huge hybrid decals on the side on this and the escalade. It ruins two quite nice looking cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Guys these are show cars, you can't seriously believe they will have HYBRID splashed all over the car?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not as obvious as a Prius, so how would they show off their green without the sticker?
        • 7 Years Ago
        the target market for hybrids demands conspicuous designs / labels.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Dan, I think putting hybrid on the side is a bit more than conspicuous. Escalades and Cayennes are already conspicuous as is. I think something akin to how the Highlander and RX hybrids are badged would be better: different grills, rims and small hybrid badges.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Why not just open up Ferry Porsche's grave and simply piss on his fore-skull?"


      And Porsche designed what car first that became the basis for the 356 which became the 911? That would be the lowly VW an underpowered economy car.

      Now who's head should we piss on?

      My bet, not only will it get better mileage, it will move out just fine.

      • 7 Years Ago
      That is as much a Porsche as Saabs are Swedish.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Then wat is it? A Lada?
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