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Porsche to return to 2011 Detroit Auto Show!

German luxury automaker Porsche will return to the North American International Auto Show in January after a four-year hiatus. The company’s vehicles also will be among the 30 to 40 new cars and trucks that will be revealed during the media days of the show on Jan. 10 and 11.

“We feel the Detroit auto show is very important, especially from a media standpoint,” said Porsche spokesman Tony Fouladpour.

Fouladpour said Porsche plans to show a new car, but declined to reveal details.

Porsche pulled out of the Detroit auto show in 2007 when the company cut back on its total auto show appearances and decided it wanted to concentrate on events in New York and Los Angeles.

The North American International Auto Show has lost several luxury automakers in recent years as competition with other auto shows has increased and the economy collapsed.

Show organizers were shocked when Nissan pulled out of the 2009 show and last year, the number of media days was reduced from three to two days. Nissan still has no plans to return to the show. However, auto show spokesman Sam Locricchio said it will be the fullest schedule of news conferences in four years.

Read more: Porsche will return to 2011 Detroit auto show | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

2011 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Concept

Officially it’s only a concept, but there’s no doubt that project XG10 — or the 918 Spyder concept — will pave the way for the next Porsche supercar. And what a supercar it is going to be: in addition to the normally aspirated, high-revving, 3.4-liter V-8 good for more than 495 hp, the striking 918 Spyder has three electric motors onboard that add another 215 hp to the tally.

Says Wolfgang Dürheimer, board member in charge of R&D: “This car can lap the Nürburgring faster than the Carrera GT. At the same time, it averages 78 mpg [on the EU driving cycle] when driven gently.

Are we going to build it? We will definitely bring some blank sales contracts to the Geneva show, but it’s too early to talk pricing, production volumes, and timing.

“The strategic aim is to demonstrate that even a supercar can be environmentally friendly. XG10 promises total driving pleasure—and a clear conscience.

This is a trendsetting and sustainable premium product that uses the issue of social acceptability to its advantage. And it reflects the legacy of Ferry Porsche, who was convinced that sports cars would never go out of fashion.”

XG10 stands for X1, Geneva 2010. X1 is the code name of the 918 Spyder, which is only one version of many. Potential variations include a 918 coupe, an electric 918, and a 918 RS/RSR. This car can be either two- or four-wheel drive, have plug-in electric or gasoline power, come with an open top or a fixed roof, and be either a racer or a street machine.

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