BERLIN (Reuters) -- Porsche said the new Macan compact crossover could pass the larger Cayenne SUV to become the brand's top-selling U.S. model.
The Macan, which debuted in the spring of last year, will have its first full year of availability in 2015. In the U.S., Porsche's largest market, the crossover could match or surpass levels of the Cayenne, which accounted for a volume of 16,000 units in 2014, Porsche sales chief Bernhard Maier said on Wednesday.
Porsche sold 3,526 Cayennes and 2,600 Macans in the U.S. through March, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
Volkswagen-owned Porsche, the No. 2 contributor to VW Group profit behind luxury brand Audi, sold 7,241 Macans in the U.S. last year.
The Macan was Porsche's best-seller in Europe with a volume of 3,457 in the first two months, according to JATO Dynamics. The Cayenne was No. 2 with 2,762 sales.
Separately, Maier reaffirmed expectations that Porsche's global deliveries will exceed 200,000 cars this year, hitting a long-planned target three years early.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report