Frustrated Porsche Macan Shoppers Get Their Wish

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Armaan Almeida was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

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, Automotive Editor - April 6, 2015

Long waits for Porsche's hot-selling crossover will finally end as dealers get more Macans.

As we reported earlier this year, record demand for Porsche's popular 2015 Macan midsize crossover has led the German automaker to re-evaluate their sales goal for 2015. We're not necessarily going out on a limb here, but it's not a question of if the Macan will be Porsche's most popular model, but rather when that event will happen. The answer is simple: when Porsche builds enough Macans to keep up with the white-hot demand. And the recent anemic dealer stock is not helping the cause. Only 150 Macans were available for sale in late February. Not 1,500. Not 500. But 150--scattered across 189 dealerships. It's worse than the frenzied Miata Epidemic of 1989. But things are about to get much better...

Porsche Macan

The Good News

As of today, the typical wait time for a Macan is a ridiculous six months. That's way too long for any model, let alone one as choice as the Macan. But today's news drapes a warm & fuzzy blanket of relief atop both eager customers and stressed-out dealerships. Porsche's production boost means that they will indeed allocate more Macans to U.S. dealerships next month. The exact number has not been officially released, but we're guessing around 2,000 to start (Audi sells roughly 4,000 Q5 crossovers monthly).

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The Perfect Crossover?

We've driven the new 2015 Macan, and we will say that it's quite a vehicle and a downright value when you stack it up against the competition. Agreed, $50k is a lot of scratch, but at the end of the day, you get one of the most fun-to-drive crossovers on the market. We should probably omit the term "crossover" from that sentence. It flat-out accelerates and handles as good as a well-sorted sport sedan, and does so with a commanding view of the road. And it just feels good--whether you're driving or riding shotgun, especially through twisty canyon roads.

Tale of the Tape

MSRP YTD Sales Horsepower Fuel Economy
2015 Porsche Macan $50,895 9,841* 340 hp 17 / 23 mpg
2015 BMW X4 $45,650 1,461 240 hp 20 / 28 mpg
2015 Lexus RX 350 $43,295 22,236 270 hp 18 / 24 mpg
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK $40,825 5,657 302 hp 18 / 25 mpg
2015 Audi Q5 $40,225 9,354 220 hp 20 / 28 mpg

*May 2014 - March 2015

Source: Automotive News

Sales Poised to Skyrocket

Yeah, the 2016 Cayenne is bigger, but it costs a solid $10k more. And it seems that legions of consumers agree, as sales for the Macan almost doubled from February 2015 to March 2015. If Porsche adequately supplied their dealer network, that number could have tripled--even quadrupled for the month. And if they genuinely want to catch the 2015 Lexus RX 350 in sales, they are going to have to make a tough decision: stay more exclusive or open the flood gates and go after the big sales numbers. Time will tell, but we are hoping for the latter.

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, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

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