APRIL 2007 (ISSUE 157)
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.