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Porsche Panamera Recall

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Toyota isn’t the only one having recall issues as of late, although Toyota tops the quantity of recalls, high end cars are not without problems as well.  Today Porsche recalled all 11,300 Panameras built to fix a seat belt issue, a malfunction in the seat belt tensioner.

It should be noted that Porsche has always received top marks from J.D. Power and Associates for quality and it’s a sobering reminder that no one is perfect.  It’s also worth noting that the recall is a minor one compared to the headlines coming from Toyota lately.

Today Toyota announced another recall, this time affecting the 2003 Sequoia.  The item affected in this model year is a potentially malfunctioning stability control system.  I would think by now Toyota would be offering a special Recall Promotion Event, to help move some cars out the door.

$75,000 Entry Level Porsche

When I say ‘Entry Level’, generally a price tag of $75,000 is not the first thing that comes to mind.  I’d normally consider in the neighborhood of at least $30,000 or under, even when talking about  Porsche.  No such luck with the new Panamera, which will soon be offered in a base line model, retailing for $74,400.

Don’t expect to get a Turbo Charged V8 for that price either, this will be a small V6 power plant.  But don’t worry, it will still be all wheel drive and be potent enough to hit the 300 horsepower mark.  Basically you are purchasing a more fuel efficient Porsche wagon, to those that it appeals to.

My guess the new base line Panamera will appeal to fleets and companies looking to buy high end cars.  If you are in the market to spend $75k on a new car, how do you not have the extra cash to buy the nice one?  Again, the Panamera doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest, so obviously I’m not the target market.

2010 Audi A7

Will Audi be releasing a 4 door A7 coupe in 2010?  Audi has hinted that a production 4 door sport coupe has been in process, at least since the Detroit Auto Show where a potential A7 was being displayed.  In my opinion it’s taking a pretty big gamble on the market, the same gamble Porsche is with their Panamera.  Of course, we all know the condition Porsche currently is in.

If Audi does decide to bring the 4 door A7 to market in 2010, it will be 1 of 3 super fast grocery getters.  Not a whole lot you can’t do with a super charged v6 of super charged v8 engine, but would you really want to be doing that in an ugly 4 door confused vehicle?

2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo Pics

You may remember back to us reporting on risky endeavor of Porsche to create a stationwagonesque grocery getter, the Panamera.  Now, we have some pictures of the 2010 Panamera Turbo and my feelings haven’t changed much.  It still looks like something the majority of people won’t buy, unless all they want is a functional status symbol.

I would imagine those looking for real performance won’t be interested in something as bulky as the Porsche Panamera.  Generally speaking my view is that there are two types of buyers, those that want performance, and those who buy what their wifes want.  These two types never mesh and it looks like Porsche’s target audience.  I’m ready to be proved wrong.

Porsche Panamera Spy Pics

Looks like the covers have finally came off of the all new Porsche Panamera.  To me it looks like a confused station wagon and possibly the love child of a Dodge Charger and Subaru Outback.  But hey, who am I to question Porsche and their design and engineering team.

I’ll let the photos below speak for themselves.