Porsche Invites 42 Journalists To Prove That The Plug-in Panamera Uses More Gas Than Published

porsche invites 42 journalists to prove that the plug in panamera uses more gas than

42 journalists who had the honor of being invited by Porsche to what was called a “Plug-In Hybrid Technology Workshop” found themselves used as lab rats, and to produce a mileage rating that supports Porsche’s published results for the hybrid Panamera. It didn’t quite work out that way. Says a Porsche press release:

”On the occasion of an international press event – in which over 42 test drives were conducted with journalists in the Panamera S E-Hybrid covering a total distance of over 1,200 kilometers – the model consumed just 4.4 l/100 km (53.5 mpg) averaged over all drives. The top value recorded on the circuit course for the world’s first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class was a low 2.8 l/100 km (84 mpg). These results illustrate that in real everyday operation, it is entirely possible to attain fuel consumption values of the same magnitude as the value determined in NEDC testing, which is 3.1 l/100 km.”

On a strictly non-EPA conversion, the average 4.4 l/100 km would equate 53.5 mpg. The top value of 2.8 l/100 km converts to 84 mpg. Porsche’s published 3.1 l/100 km rating would convert to 75.9 mpg. For the unwashed, NEDC refers to the New European Driving Cycle, which supposedly mimics the typical usage of a car in Europe, which it gloriously doesn’t.

The circuit, and the usage profile also were slightly atypical. According to Porsche, “the test circuit, which had a total length of 28.7 km, followed a course through and around the city of Hockenheim and comprised 6.5 km city driving, 9.2 km of country roads and 13 km of German Autobahn – some without speed limits. A prerequisite for attaining such values is systematically exploiting opportunities for charging the 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery on the electrical grid.”

Great, in the meantime, we exploit opportunities to show pictures of the Panamera in a Stau, in a picturesque village, and in use. We also ask our Porsche-insider Doug Demuro for an inside view.

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  • Henkdevries Henkdevries on May 24, 2013

    "NEDC refers to the New European Driving Cycle, which supposedly mimics the typical usage of a car in Europe, which it gloriously doesn’t." The NEDC doesn't show real world results, boohoo. It does show the differences between models and that is also interesting for a customer. Turbo- and hybrid-engined cars have an unfair advantage because they are better tunable to this cycle. This is caused by the low accelerations demanded in the cycle. A new test cycle is underway, but this takes of course some more time. For the interested www.spritmonitor.de has a fairly large database of real peoples MPG data. Real emission numbers (CO2, CO, PM etc) are within a certain bandwith of the NEDC except for NOx from diesels. Euro6 is so tight on NOx that manufacturers have to take extra precautions and this has the effect that NOx is within the bandwith as well. In the Netherlands you pay sales tax according to the NEDC measured CO2 emission. Although the test is not perfect the effect of the policy is that people buy cars that use less fuel/emit less and that is the goal of the policy. I don't see all the trouble. When was marketing about telling the truth?

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    • Landcrusher Landcrusher on May 26, 2013

      @redav No issues with the fuel tax, only the carbon tax. It's a lie. Much like CAFE, it won't actually accomplish much to affect its goals. It's just an example of evil government.

  • Carlisimo Carlisimo on May 24, 2013

    Did you convert liters to US gallons, or Imperial gallons? (Never mind, I did the math and it looks like US gallons.)

  • FreedMike Alfa had its’ shot in this market, and it didn’t work out. Of course, based on Alfa’s horrid history of reliability record, scathing quality related reports like this one certainly didn’t help. Yes, the base models weren’t that bad, but this kind of atrocious press was the worst possible thing for a brand that got drummed out of this market over quality issues. Besides, Dodge is a LOT more viable in this market than Alfa Romeo. Let the Europeans have Alfas.
  • Dukeisduke That charging station in the picture looks like it's nailed to the back of an old utility pole and weather beaten chest of drawers. Lol, WTH?
  • Dukeisduke Corey, do you have links for some of those ads? I'd like to be able to zoom in on them.
  • Dukeisduke A free Model T Touring Car? Heck, I'd take one of those, even today. The ABC radio news ad has a few names I recognize - columnist Walter Winchell (he later narrated TV's "The Untouchables"), Drew Pearson, who was an accomplished journalist and writer, Dorothy Kilgallen, a columnist who later appeared on game shows in the '50s, like "What's My Line?", and Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons.
  • Dukeisduke The Hornet got plenty of hate on Instagram when Dodge announced it the other day, mainly from people who want Dodge to build nothing but Hemi-powered vehicles, in perpetuity.