Jeanette Clark
1 minute read
7 Aug 2013
5:00 am

Do you own a Porsche yet?

Jeanette Clark

Porsche sales have accelerated 72% year on year, leaving other new-model marques spluttering in the sports car's dust with 7.5% growth, car manufacturers' July figures show.

Since January 2013, 1 569 new Porsches have been purchased in South Africa, according to the National Association for Automobile Manufacturers South Africa (Naamsa). This might not sound like a lot, considering that we have 10.846m cars on South Africa’s roads, but what is astounding is the pace of growth in sales of these vehicles.

For the first seven months of 2013, 327 Cayman Boxters were purchased, 122 Panameras, 301 Porsche 911s and – the darling and best-seller – 819 Porsche Cayennes.

The latter figure is almost as much as the total sales across all models for the corresponding 7 months last year with 911 Porsches.

The growth rate of 72.2% is quite substantial when considering growth in passenger car sales of 5.6% for the year-to-date figures up until July, Naamsa says.

And they don’t come cheap: a Porsche Boxter costs around R700 000, depending on the specifications; a Cayman, around

R830 000; a 911, above R2m (like the 911 Turbo 3.8 Coupe); a Panamera, about R1.4m; and a Cayenne, anything from R900 000 to close to R2m for the Cayenne Turbo S 4.8 4×4 Tiptronic.