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New compact Porsche SUV has a name – the Porsche Macan. Previously internally dubbed Porsche Cajun – short for Cayenne Junior
Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart’s new sports car in the SUV segment has been given the name Macan. The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics – core characteristics of the new off-road car.
“The Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of a SUV and is a genuine Porsche”, said Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG. “The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects and evoke positive associations.”
As the fifth Porsche model line, the Porsche Macan is a central plank of Strategy 2018, by which the sports car manufacturer wishes to expand its model portfolio. Porsche intends the Macan to emulate the success of the Porsche Cayenne. The SUV will start coming off the production lines in Leipzig in 2013. To that end, the site in this city in Saxony is being expanded into a fully-fledged production plant including body assembly line and paint shop – with 500 million euro of investment one of the biggest building projects in Porsche’s corporate history. In the medium-term, the sports car manufacturer will be creating more than 1,000 new jobs here.
Word names at Porsche have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics: the name Boxster describes the combination of boxer engine and roadster, Cayenne stands for sharpness, the Cayman is snappy and agile and a Panamera is more than a Gran Turismo, capable also of winning the Carrera Panamericana long-distance race.
Watch the new compact Porsche video presentation: The Porsche Macan is coming
Now, The Stuttgart automaker is announcing the Winter Driving School “Porsche Driving Experience Winter”, which will give all fans of the sportscar a chance to test it under more extreme conditions than they would encounter on the road.
“In the winter training courses of the Porsche Driving Experience both beginners and experienced drivers will, under the guidance of Porsche’s instructors, be able to develop their driving skills and improve their driving style one step at a time through a well-balanced mix of theoretical and practical content,” the official statement reads.
As was the case with prototype testing for the new Porsche 911 (Porsche 991), the experience centers around a test track in the far North of Finland, very close to the Arctic Circle.
There levels will be offered for those wanting to learn how to control the rear-engined car in icy conditions: Precision, Performance and Master.
If the cold isn’t your thing, but you want to test the new Porsche 911 as it’s being launched, “Porsche Tour of South Africa also features a varied itinerary. Scenic routes start from Cape Town and wind their way through the Garden Route to the inland game reserves and enable participants to experience the new Porsche 911 on roads made for driving.”
Minus 30 degrees in the snow. In a Porsche?
We can warmly recommend it – the winter driving activities from the Winter Driving School – Porsche Driving Experience.
The Porsche Winter Driving School offers you a number of different opportunities to enjoy handling a Porsche in winter conditions. You’ll also have the unique opportunity of learning all about the future of the sportscar: with the new Porsche 911 – as part of a special training session at Camp4, Camp4S and Ice-Force.
Porsche instructors will show you how to improve your safety – and your driving skills. On snow and ice. Pushing the limits. For unlimited driving pleasure.
As the graphic shows, you can complete each level which builds on knowledge from the previous level (Precision, Performance and Master) as part of specially developed winter driving programmes on snow and ice. First-time participants start with the Precision training. They subsequently go on to improve their vehicle control further with the next level up, Performance. Only then are they ready for the Master course. You can complete the individual training levels on ice in the winter or on the track in the summer.
Porsche recently held some kind of event in San Francisco that required the street parking of not just the 2012 Porsche 911 (Porsche 991), but its yet-to-be revealed 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo and cabriolet variations, along with the upcoming 2012 Porsche Boxster (Porsche 981) and 2012 Porsche Cayman — not to mention a much longer parade of older 911s up the street.
While the 2012 Porsche 911 cabriolet is expected in Los Angeles later this year, the rest may trickle out over the next year or so. For the older 911s, you’ll just have to keep hitting refresh on Bring A Trailer