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Porsche unveils hybrid 918 Spyder

The Local · 10 Jan 2011, 15:23

Published: 10 Jan 2011 15:23 GMT+01:00

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"We are back in Detroit with a clear message," Porsche chairman Matthias Mueller said in announcing the new model.

"The Porsche 918 RSR impressively demonstrates the passion of our engineers and designers for developing the world's most advanced and best looking sports cars."

The latest car was unveiled in Geneva last year as a concept car, but the German automaker decided to put it into production due to strong interest.

The two-seater mid-engine coupe 918 RSR uses technology from the 911 GT3 R hybrid and the design of the 918 Spyder.

Click here for a photo gallery of the 918 Spyder prototype.

The luxury sports car maker saw a strong gain in sales in 2010. Some 95,000 cars were delivered to customers last year, a gain of 25 percent. This was mainly based on the new Panamera car line and the new generation of the Cayenne sporty off-roader.

German automakers are eyeing a larger share of the US luxury segment in a market expected to show solid growth this year, an industry spokesman said Monday.

Matthias Wissmann, head of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, told reporters at the Detroit Auto Show that the overall US car market is expected to grow 11 percent in 2011, to a total of 12.8 million vehicles.

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"Last year in the luxury segment, the German brands built on their dominant position, pushing up their market share to 47.1 percent" from 45.5 percent in 2009, he said.

The big German carmakers - Volkswagen's Audi, Daimler, BMW and Porsche - are concentrated in the luxury segment. Last year they held 7.6 percent of the US market, up from 5.1 percent in 2005.

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Your comments about this article

18:23 January 10, 2011 by DinhoPilot
Good I already ordered mine. I ordered with pink leather suede and bourbon pearl paint. I hope to race in The Ring before it closes and break every speed record in the Autobahn....
23:53 January 10, 2011 by Gretl
Granted they're not Hyundais, but Volkwagen is considered the "luxury" segment?
00:03 January 11, 2011 by maxbrando
someone once said to me that Porsche was just as good (or even better) than a Ferrari. My answer: "Yea, but it's not a Ferrari." Still true. P.. is stuill a mousey looking car.
09:48 January 11, 2011 by freechoice
Why do you need a sports car, when all electric cars will eventually give the acceleration performance of a sports car?
12:02 January 11, 2011 by tallady
Freechoice..it's a want not a need and it will be a few more years before that happens,,

Greti,,they do make Audi..nice car..Order now before the price goes up.
15:03 January 11, 2011 by vandeg
This is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. A Porsche is supposed to be a light weight performance car, to make it more "green" is just inviting a major let down to its brand.

I looked up the weight, which was about 1,500 kg, and the page also talked about how they made the car even lighter due to the extra weight of the electrics el al. Why not just take the hybrid stuff out?

I am curious about the performance though...
18:58 January 14, 2011 by scoobydube
Who cares if it's a "hybird" car. I WANT one, AND if I had the money I would DEFFINATLY buy one in a HEART BEAT .....
13:43 January 16, 2011 by thor2748
It's all about evolution ! I'll take mine in Black & Orange.
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