Porsche SUV and VW Luxury Car Revealed
Porsche reveals photos of its new SUV and VW debuts a luxury car.
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Here's a quick glimpse of the notable vehicles bound for North America in the next few months and years.
Since its inception, the concept of an SUV from Porsche has received much criticism, and Porsche officials have continually reassured both press and public that Cayenne will meet traditional Porsche performance and quality standards. The official specifications released with the Cayenne photos are for the Cayenne Turbo and the Cayenne S.
The Cayenne Turbo will be powered by a 4.5-liter twin turbocharged V8 rated at 450 horsepower, while the Cayenne S receives a normally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 producing 340 horsepower. Both versions have permanent all-wheel drive, and a six-speed Tiptronic S transmission is standard on the Cayenne Turbo.
Chrysler PT Cruiser and VW Phaeton
In Geneva two other German automakers had significant debuts for cars that will eventually find their way to U.S. shores. DaimlerChrysler officially announced that it will produce a two-door convertible version of the popular Chrysler PT Cruiser for 2004.
Nearly as much of a departure for Volkswagen as an SUV is for Porsche, Volkswagen unveiled the Phaeton, an all-new flagship and Volkswagen's first entry into the high-end luxury market.
Designed to compete head-to-head with the luxury offerings from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus, the top of the Phaeton line will be powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine developing 420 horsepower, with standard 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive.
Cleverly hidden behind smoked glass, Mercedes-Benz nearly revealed the forthcoming Maybach, an ultra-luxury car designed to compete with the next-generation offering from Rolls-Royce. The display allowed a glimpse of the overall shape and size of the car, which is bigger than anything currently offered by Mercedes.
To reinforce the stature of the Maybach, the engine was on commanding display: a turbocharged 5.5-liter V12, said to produce 550 horsepower.
Although not as much of a stretch as an SUV from Porsche or a luxury car from Volkswagen, the Maybach is definitely entering a new market for Mercedes-Benz as well.