In 1931 Ferdinand Porsche has started a car company in Stuttgart that is by far one of the most influential sports car brands in the world today. Porsche cars are voted drivers favorite cars for their style, performance and unique pedigree that makes them so special and desired.
Porsche was at the roots of Volkswagen and its best-selling model Beetle, that sold more than 23 million cars over 80 years. Some of key design features like rear mounted motor and fastback appearance have become part of Porsche’s DNA and have become a trademark feature for iconic best-selling models like 911.
Porsche has a record 19 outright wins at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Porsche is currently the world’s largest race car manufacturer. In 2006, Porsche built 195 race cars for various international motor sports events.
Of the 246 375 cars produced in the 2017 financial year, 32 197 were 911 models, 25114 were Boxster and Cayman cars, 63913 were Cayennes, 27 942 were Panameras and 97 202 were Macans.
Of the 268,691 cars produced in 2018, 36 236 were 911 models, 23 658 were 718 Boxster and Cayman cars, 79 111 were Cayennes, 35 493 were Panameras, 93953 were Macans and 240 Taycan pre-series vehicles.
Porsche has been repeatedly voted as one of the most reliable sports cars in the world. A Canadian study in 2011 revealed that 97.4 percent of Porsches from the last 25 years are still on the road.
The headquarters and main factory are located in Zuffenhausen, a district in Stuttgart, but the Cayenne and Panamera models are manufactured in Leipzig, Germany, and parts for the SUV are also assembled in the Volkswagen Touareg factory in Bratislava, Slovakia. Boxster and Cayman production was outsourced to Valmet Automotive in Finland from 1997 to 2011, and in 2012 production moved to Germany. Since 2011, the area of the Zuffenhausen plant has more than doubled, from 284 000 to 614 000 square metres, as a result of purchasing the former Layher, Deltona and Daimler sites, among others.
In 2015, Porsche reported selling a total of 218 983 cars, 28 953 (13.22%) as domestic German sales, and 190 030 (86.78%) internationally.
The company has been highly successful in recent times, and indeed claims to have the highest profit per unit sold of any car company in the world.
On May 11, 2017, Porsche built the one-millionth 911. An Irish green Carrera S was built for the celebration, and it will be taken on a global tour before becoming a permanent exhibit at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.
The Porsche car presents the best combination of price and quality for racing and sport models and an army of dedicated fans around the world will always say that “Nothing drives like a Porsche!”