Report: Porsche Raising Prices Across the Board

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Porsche will reportedly be raising prices between 4 and 8 percent on the European and U.S. markets during the second half of 2023 to cope with higher operating costs noted in its first-quarter earnings announcement. Even so, higher-end brands appear to be doing fairly well at present, and Porsche itself noted that operating profits rose to €1.84 billion ($2.03 billion USD) while revenue increased to €10.1 billion in Q1 — which is about 25 percent higher than they were last year.

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that automotive pricing has gone off the rails. While the dollar has certainly gotten weaker, we’ve also seen dealerships going crazy with markups and manufacturers exploiting limited production volumes in the hopes of expanding their profit margins.

Tesla has been tweaking its pricing nearly every month to make the most of the changing regulatory landscape for electric vehicles, ensuring that it can take full advantage of government subsidies, and has even slashed MSRPs on a few models. But the general trend across the industry has been to reduce overhead (layoffs, streamlined production, de-contenting, etc.) while raising vehicle pricing and trying to leverage connectivity into higher profits.

Excuses for the industry’s behavior have included the pandemic, overtaxed supply chains, and semiconductor shortages that just don’t seem to end. Inflation also has become a problem. However, it really just feels like businesses are trying to suck the marrow out of consumers' bones.

According to BNN Bloomberg, Porsche CEO Lutz Meschke said that prices could increase by as much as 8 percent on certain models. The company likewise said it anticipates base pricing for its electric vehicles to be between 10 and 15 percent higher than the corresponding internal combustion engine models.

From Bloomberg:

“The expectation when it comes to the BEV transition is that we can achieve a very high price premium,” Meschke said.
Porsche, which reiterated its 2023 guidance that margins would stay in a range of 17 [percent] to 19 [percent], said its return on carmaking was 18.2 [percent] in the first quarter.
Automakers are still getting a boost from pent-up demand after supply-chain issues capped output, though uncertainty about global demand persists. Stellantis NV’s first-quarter sales climbed more than expected thanks to strong vehicle prices and higher shipments of models like the Jeep Compass.

“The key thesis on Porsche is that they can push pricing in this environment,” Bernstein analyst Daniel Roeska told the outlet. “If that’s not happening, that’s the worry.”

Shares of the German automaker fell as much as 3.6 through the first part of 2023. Analysts have claimed that investors are watching for aggressive price increases. Porsche has likewise been talking about going more upmarket to compete with the likes of Ferrari.

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on May 05, 2023

    "However, it really just feels like businesses are trying to suck the marrow out of consumers' bones."

    OK, Bernie. As if businesses just discovered they can raise prices. These prices wouldn't hold if people weren't paying them.

    In actual fact, it's the government that's sucking the marrow out of your bones by printing an endless supply of fiat currency, and transferring it to the unproductive.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 07, 2023

    Sehr geehrter Herr Meschke,

    I am poor and unsuccessful (source: my parents). I live in an undesirable area of the country (source: TTAC comments) surrounded by not very intelligent people (source: CNN).

    Drove 250 miles this past weekend and ran across a few of your Porsche minivans -- I mean SUV's. This surprised me and should alarm you.

    You should raise the price more -- a lot more. Because when your vehicles cross paths with me, you are not Premium.

    Mit freundlichen Grüßen, T.G.

  • 3-On-The-Tree Lou_BCsame here I grew up on 2-stroke dirt bikes had a 1985 Yamaha IT200 2-strokes then a 1977 Suzuki GT750 2-stroke 750 streetike fast forward to 2002 as a young flight school Lieutenant I bought a 2002 suzuki Hayabusa 1300 up in Huntsville Alabama. Still have that bike.
  • Milton Rented one for about a month. Very solid EV. Not as fun as my Polestar, but for a go to family car, solid. Practical EV ownership is only made possible with a home charger.
  • J Love mine, but the steering wheel blocks dashboard a bit, can't see turn signals nor headlights icons. They could use the upper corners of the screen for the turn signals. Mileage is much lower than shown too, disappointing
  • Aja8888 NO!
  • OrpheusSail I once did. My first four cars were American made, and through an odd set of circumstances surrounding a divorce, I wound up with a '95 Nissan Maxima which was fourteen years old and had about 150,000 miles on it.It was drove better, had an amazing engine, and was more reliable than any of my American cars. This included a new '95 GMC pickup that went through five alternators in under two years while the dealership insisted that there was no underlying electrical problem while they tried to run the clock on the warranty.That was the end of 'buy American'. I've bought from Honda and VW since, and I'll consider just about anything except American now.