Special Cajun on the way
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