• Mar 24, 2011
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Remember taking your SATs? They were filled with reasoning questions like this one: Cajun is to Cayenne as ___ is to Panamera. Give up? The answer, according to the latest reports from Germany, is "Pajun."

That's the tentative name rounding the rumormill in connection to a potential baby brother to the Porsche Panamera. Just as the automaker is developing a Cayenne Junior dubbed Cajun, so too could a Panamera Junior be in the cards.

There doesn't appear to be much detail in the reports beyond speculation, but the reasoning strikes us as sound enough. If the Boxster and Cayman have proven successful underneath the 911, and the business model for the Cajun has been approved to slot in below the Cayenne, why not follow the same path with a smaller Panamera?



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      • 3 Years Ago
      When I look past the whole Heresy thing, I'm left wondering if this would fight the 3/C/A4 or the 5/E/A6, or if the "brains" at Porsche are dreaming about entering both of those classes.

      Talk about embracing the switch to front engine...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think a baby Panamera will definitely happen.

      The current Panamera platform is to big to base the new rumoured 928 on, so making a smaller saloon will pay dividends for Porsche.

      They will get a new platform for a baby saloon, convertible, AND a new 928... and seeing the VW empires love of platform sharing, the baby saloon Porsche platform will be used by other group Marques too - maybe the rumoured new sporty baby Bentley !

      The next few years are going to be interesting for car fans - so much new top-notch cars to look forward too.

      Mark.



      • 3 Years Ago
      At first I thought 'Pajun' was esperanto for a 'lady's garden' (as Clarkson might say) but I looked it up...its a Korean pancake - and a stupid name for a car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche please stop with the mainstream and special edition models. How about that mid-engine roadster with a flat 4 turbo that we keep hearing about??
      • 3 Years Ago
      call it the Punera

      it'll be perfect for the masseuses of the hairdressers of shieks and producers and whatnot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rich old guys have asked that I convey to you that it's time for you to be quiet. They'll receive your opinions when they've paid you for them.Until then, silence.

      Porsche is not for you, so stick to your chatter about which year Civic is the best, how to get your mom to stop riding your ass, and JDM energy drinks.

      But do not think that these men are completely without feelings. After all, once every 20 years or so, they'll throw you a 914 or 924 to keep you from feeling completely discouraged. Just do them one thing; when you see a real Porsche owner venturing out in public, please do not bother them with your attempts at interaction. They hate that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny name.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So when can we expect a Porsche Minivan or a Porsche Pickup Truck?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche is going to name the vehicle after a Korean pancake?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont care if Porsche give it the green light or not, I cant afford their cars anyways. I just hope they drop those dreadful "Cajun" and "Pajun" nicknames.
        • 3 Years Ago
        those are the project codenames( CAyenne JUNior, PAnamera JUNior) not the vehicle names, the final names have not been released yet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My concern here is the overall health of the VW Group. How many ways can you be your own direct competitor before it becomes fiscally dangerous ground? The Pajun would, I imagine, compete with cars like the Audi A6, S6 and RS6. The VW Group seems confident that buyers do not cross-shop Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley and they are probably right to an extent but I fear it would dilute some the purity and uniqueness of each brand and their vehicles with all of them sharing platforms for cars that are supposed to appeal to different buyers with different expectations of their cars uses and abilities.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just some random thoughts.

        VW marketing will be having a heck of a time competing with itself across various divisions. But if brand loyalty holds...as a happy Porsche 911 owner, if I wanted something different, would I ever buy an Audi or BMW if Porsche offered me an equivalent?

        Kind of like the older GM... with Chevy, Pontiac, Olds, Buick and Cadillac...or Chrysler... with Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler and Imperial. A nameplate at every price point, each with a full slate of body styles, with individual up or downscale models blurring into competition with each other and even worse sharing platforms, engines and parts.

        I suppose that multiplicity concept seemed good at the time, bring a buyer into the fold and offer them variety to trade up or across to.

        After all if BMW can play or tease with a pickup....what is the world coming too?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since the A4 is moving more towards luxury than performance, I'd say VW would be smart to bring Porsche into the fold making more of a competitor to the 3-series.

        $40k, lightweight turbo 6-speed sedan, please. Porsche.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Pajun" makes me hungry for saag paneer or something from a tandoori oven.

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