With the growing demand for subcompact SUVs Macan and Cayenne expected to boost sales by more than 40,000 units next year (particularly in the UK and Asia), Porsche is taking no chances and has initiated precautionary action by inspecting 2,500 Macan models for faulty brake boosters after quality inspections found that some of the units “may have been damaged during the assembly process.” However, a company spokesman was quick to point out that “even though there may be a problem with some of the vehicles, they still comply with legal requirements.”
Officially unveiled at both the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the Macan is the first Porsche to be powered by four cylinders since the Porsche 968, and comes with a standard 7-speed dual clutch PDK gearbox, as opposed to the Cayenne which sports an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. Macan also shares the same wheelbase and suspension as the Audi Q5, although the rest of the design (both interior and exterior) are said to be “uniquely Porsche.
This is the second time that Porsche has had production problems since being taken over by Volkswagen Group. In March the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer told owners of its 911 GT3 sports cars to stop diving them because the “engines could catch fire.” that it will replace the engines in its 911 GT3 models and told owners to stop driving the sports cars because they could catch fire. The company also stated that it would replace the engines on all the affected cars.