Porsche Macans held up at U.S. ports get CARB approval
After weeks of waiting, Porsche Cars North America on Monday received certification for its 2017 Macan from the California Air Resources Board.
A delay in certification had kept Porsche from selling the Macan, its hottest nameplate, in 13 states subject to CARB certification. It also meant that an undisclosed number of 2017 Macans that had already shipped were grounded at U.S. ports for several weeks while awaiting final clearances from CARB.
A Porsche spokesman confirmed Monday that CARB certification was granted earlier in the day and that Macans began shipping from the ports to dealership. He didn’t have an estimate for how long it would take to get the backlog of vehicles out to dealerships.
But Porsche customers with 2017 Macans on order and stuck at the ports began celebrating Monday afternoon online at www.macanforum.com after receiving notification of the clearance from their dealership sales associates. Some of the buyers on the forum said they had been waiting for their cars since February.
Dealer Roger Jobs, who owns a Porsche store in Bellingham, Wash., one of the states subject to CARB, had seven 2017 Macans waiting at a port. All seven were presold to customers. His “clients will be pleased,” Jobs said after the certification came through on Monday.