Spe­cial Ca­jun on the way

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE com­ing com­pact SUV from Porsche is called Ca­jun. The sub-Cayenne fam­ily wagon is well into devel­op­ment and is likely to be fol­lowed by a smaller Porsche sports car to bring more new buy­ers to the brand.

Con­fir­ma­tion on the Ca­jun — cur­rently short for Cayenne Ju­nior, though the name al­ready fits Porsche’s show­room nam­ing pol­icy — comes right from the top.

‘‘It’s a real Porsche. You can be­lieve me. We can bet about that,’’ Porsche chief Matthius Muller tells

though he re­fuses to con­firm a pro­duc­tion start-up or on-sale date.

The size of the Ca­jun is likely to be sim­i­lar to the Audi Q5 and Muller ad­mits that Porsche could dip into the Volk­swa­gen Group parts bin to help with devel­op­ment.

He says there is also an op­por­tu­nity for a sub-Cay­man sports car to bring younger buy­ers.

‘‘That could also be a so­lu­tion. We have to an­a­lyse the mar­ket and talk to our cus­tomers, ask whether they have an in­ter­est in a smaller sports car.’’

Volk­swa­gen is also con­sid­er­ing a com­pact con­vert­ible, slightly big­ger than a Mazda MX-5, along the lines of the Blues­port Road­ster con­cept that starred at the Detroit Mo­tor Show in 2009.

Muller says the world­wide re­cov­ery from the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis is giv­ing Porsche a fresh op­por­tu­nity for growth.

The com­pany in­tends to dou­ble its sales to more than 150,000 ve­hi­cles a year by 2014.

PAUL GOVER in Los An­ge­les Porsche’s $270,100 bar­gain, Page 14

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