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It's not like Porsche has done a very good job keeping the Panamera, its upcoming four-door sports sedan coupe, a secret. We've seen more spy shots of the Panamera undergoing testing than pics of Britney doing something unseemly in public, and that's a lot. But rather than just show us the final production form of the Panamera, the name of which is now officially followed by "Gran Turismo", Porsche has decided to do a full blown marketing roll out using the just launched Panamera Online Magazine as the medium through which we'll see the production Panamera bit by bit. The first issue is out and contains a few not-very-revealing sketches of the car as well as an image that will be used in upcoming advertisements in which the Panamera peeks its nose out of a garage. Unfortunately, the front end of the car looks pretty much like every other Porsche. Nevertheless, the roll out has begun and sooner rather than later we'll be able to pass judgment on Porsche's first four-door passenger car. Porsche says the Panamera's official debut is scheduled for next spring (probably the Geneva Motor Show in March), with sales to commence in late summer or early fall of 2009.


[Source: Porsche]

PRESS RELEASE

Panamera Gran Turismo Makes its First Appearance

Stuttgart . Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is rolling the new Panamera Gran Turismo into the public limelight for the first time. Starting on 15 September, the Panamera Online Magazine is offering a wide range of information all about the latest member of the Porsche family at www.porsche.com/panamera – including videos of disguised prototypes on test drives. This is accompanied at the same time by an elaborate mailing campaign directly addressing potential customers.

The next highlight starting on 20 October is an advertising campaign with double-page ads in leading news and business magazines, again offering a sneak preview of Porsche's latest model. Indeed, even this limited view of the dynamic front end clearly proves that the four-door Panamera is a genuine Porsche all the way, the Panamera naturally benefiting from Porsche's 60 years of sports car know-how in Zuffenhausen and the driving dynamics so typical of the brand. Precisely this know-how and driving dynamics are combined in the Panamera with superior driving comfort and the Panamera's very special space concept for four adults, making the new Panamera the ideal family-friendly Gran Turismo without the slightest compromise.


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