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While we've been expecting a hybrid Porsche Panamera for a while now, Porsche today made it official that such a vehicle will indeed be coming. The hybrid powertrain in the Panamera will be the same full parallel system as is in the Cayenne hybrid, which should reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent. And let's not forget that the Cayenne hybrid can go 75mph on battery power alone. The batteries in the Panamera will be below the luggage compartment. What's real nice is that, depending on driving s

Porsche representatives were pro-hybrid at the recent LA Auto Show, promoting the message that the company's hybrids will go 75 MPH on battery power alone. The news since then has been a little more tepid. Today, Automotive News (subs req'd) is saying that Porsche's skepticism about hybrid sales means that the release of the Cayenne hybrid has been pushed back to 2010. One Porsche manager told ANE's partner Automobilwoche that "Though there is still no decision on the planned introduction date

German sports car maker Porsche has been complaining bitterly about the proposed European Union carbon dioxide emissions standards for cars. After all, Porsche exclusively builds high-powered sports cars and overweight SUVs. However none of that means that Porsche is sitting on their hands while new rules are being debated. For some time now they have been working on a parallel hybrid power-train for the Cayenne SUV that will also go into its platform mates the VW Touareg and Audi Q7 as well as