Porsche to Offer Hybrid Option in Cayene SUV

Citing rising environmental concerns among car buyers, German luxury sports car-maker Porsche said Monday it's developing a hybrid drivetrain for its Cayenne SUV to drastically cut fuel consumption.

Published: 27-Jul-2007

In a statement issued at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Porsche said its aim was to achieve average fuel consumption of 8.9 liters (2.35 gallons) per 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Presently, the Cayenne, with its conventional six-cylinder engine, guzzles 12.9 liters on average. That makes the sports utility vehicle, which weighs more than two tons, one of the worst emitters of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that's considered a prime contributor to global warming.

Porsche said its decision to develop the hybrid motor -- which combines an electric motor and battery with a standard combustion engine in order to cut fuel consumption -- is a reaction to the raging debate on climate change in Europe and rising concerns among consumers about the environmental friendliness of their cars.

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