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"Porsche's top managers will soon be drawing up a new expansion plan stretching as far as five years beyond existing targets as the carmaker comes within reach of a 200,000-sales goal, sources familiar with the matter said.
Booming demand for SUVs may push the share of luxury four-by-fours of overall Porsche sales to 63 percent by 2018 from 47 percent last year, IHS said, thanks to the new Macan which will compete with BMW's X3 model and the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
But the steady push for volume does not thrill everyone at Porsche which advertises itself as a "manufacturer of exclusive premium cars."
Porsche Eyes New Targets as 2018 Goal Hit Early on SUVs-Sources (NY Times)
Considering Porsche's results since the original 2005 Forbes article, they are certainly 'one of the best' car companies if not 'the best'.
Porsche's board of directors looks very wise in the 20/20 hindsight mirror.
Sales have more than tripled, from 54,234 in 2005 to 162,145 in 2013.
Profit margins are holding in the 18% range, at the top of the industry.
Strangely enough (to me) the volume and profit star for Porsche is the Cayenne series.
Cayenne sales in 2013 were over 84,000 units - about 52% of all Porsche sales.
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