Porsche sales rise 10% in November on strong China, Europe demand

The Porsche Macan, shown, is expected to become the automaker's top-selling model.
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FRANKFURT -- Porsche's global deliveries rose 10 percent to 14,150 units in November as the automaker posted growth in all sales regions, with particularly strong demand from China and robust deliveries in Europe.

Sales in the carmaker’s No. 2 market, China, rose 27 percent to 3,707 vehicles compared with last year’s figure. In Europe, where car sales have been hit hard by continuing economic problems, Porsche increased deliveries by 7 percent last month to 3,900. In its home market of Germany, Porsche sold 1,465 cars, a rise of 22 percent. In the United States, the Volkswagen Group unit’s biggest-single market, 3,966 new cars were sold, an increase of 3 percent and the highest figure for November that Porsche has ever recorded for the market, the company said in a statement.

Porsche said global demand remained high for its iconic 911 model in November as sales rose 47 percent to nearly 3,000 cars. Sales of Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman models rose 55 percent in the same period to 1,933.

Last month, Porsche unveiled its Macan compact SUV at the Los Angeles auto show, ahead of European sales in April 2014. The Macan is expected to become the automaker's top-selling model and will be key in helping Porsche achieve its goal of boosting annual sales to 200,000 units by 2018.

Bernhard Maier, Porsche's board member for sales and marketing, said in the statement that he was currently working with the company’s sales teams on preparing the Macan launch and was "looking forward to an exciting 2014" for the company.

Overall, Porsche's global sales rose 14 percent to 147,290 vehicles in the first 11 months.

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