APRIL 2007 (IS­SUE 157)

911 Porsche World - - Classifieds -

Let’s start with the news pages. Eleven years ago and we re­ported that Porsche was press­ing for some kind of ex­emp­tion from the forth­com­ing EU emis­sions regs, that were due to come in for 2012 and would see man­u­fac­tur­ers limited to an av­er­age of 130g/km of C02 across their re­spec­tive model range. Un­fair said Porsche and An­gela Merkel, both claim­ing that they favoured French and Ital­ian man­u­fac­tur­ers and their small car ranges and tar­geted the likes of Porsche, BMW and Mer­cedes.

So how did that go? Well, not great, re­ally. The ‘we will never build a diesel en­gined car’ Cayenne Diesel ar­rived in 2008 and work be­gan in earnest on hy­brid so­lu­tions, the first ar­riv­ing in 2010 with the gen 2 Cayenne. And it con­tin­ues to this day with four cylin­der Boxsters and Cay­mans. If you want an anal­y­sis of eco pres­sure on Porsche’s im­me­di­ate fu­ture, then check out the news pages in this is­sue. It’s in­ter­est­ing stuff. We can re­turn to it in an­other edi­tion of ‘Time ma­chine,’ in a fews years.

Turn­ing to the ‘Our cars’ sec­tion at the back of the mag and I’m re­minded that I once owned a Car­rera 3.2. There’s a pretty pic of it out­side my house, shar­ing drive space with a press fleet Cay­man. How­ever, pre­sum­ably in­flu­enced by the above CO2 malarkey I was more con­cerned about con­vert­ing my newly ac­quired 944S to LPG. That never hap­pened, but I did run an LPG non Porsche for a while, and it’s a shame that this gen­uinely clean (well, cleaner at least) has never re­ally taken off here. An LPG hy­brid, would be a very clean so­lu­tion.

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