Porsche's top performer - the Cayenne has sold nearly 35,000 units so far this year. (Photo : Porsche AG)
A strong June rounded out a successful first half of the year for Porsche. The company sold 12,699 new cars worldwide last month, an increase of18.9 percent over June 2011. This brings the number of cars sold so far this year to 69,171, a rise of 14 percent over the same period last year.
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Of the total sales, 26,024 were in Europe, an increase of 19.7 percent over the first six months of 2011. Of these, 9,536 were sold in the German domestic market, an increase of 20.8 percent. In the Asia Pacific region, sales increased 17.0 percent to 23,948 units. China, which Porsche calls its second most important market, saw 15,274 new cars delivered in the first half of the year, a 24.5 percent increase over last year.
In the US, 16,450 units have been sold this year, an increase of 5.8 percent over last year. In June, 3002 Porsches were sold, an increase of 17.9 percent over June 2011. America remains the brand's single biggest market.
The Porsche 911, now in its seventh generation, sold 14,338 units worldwide, a 27.9 percent growth over last year. The Panamera sold 15,601 units, an increase of 25.3 percent; while the Cayenne outdid them both, selling 34,727, up 15.5 percent over the same period last year.
Bernhard Maier, a member of Porsche AG's Board of Sales and Marketing, is cautiously optimistic, saying in a statement, "Porsche successfully continued on its growth path in the first half of the year. However, we cannot separate ourselves from the economy as a whole. With regard to the European economic [sic] in particular, we will continue to monitor developments closely and respond quickly if necessary. Nevertheless, we are currently planning for double-digit growth in 2012."
The news of Porsche's strong sales should make Volkswagen Group happy. The group will have completed purchasing the Porsche brand by August 1.