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    Autoextremist: Another egregious exercise....

    Here PDL AE rant of the week. www.autoextremist.com

    ANOTHER EGREGIOUS EXERCISE IN EGOMANIACAL STUPIDITY BROUGHT TO YOU BY PORSCHE.
    DateTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020 AT 11:47AM
    By Peter M. DeLorenzo

    Detroit. So, perhaps we’ve all gotten over the fact that Porsche is now predominantly an SUV/Crossover manufacturer that happens to make sports cars on the side to keep in touch with its heritage.

    Way back when the decision was made to produce the original Cayenne SUV, Porsche operatives predicted correctly where the market was going and then reaped huge profits that not only fueled its growth and funded its survivability, it allowed the company to continue building its sports cars and its racing programs. This begat another even more popular SUV – the Macan – which is now the single most successful Porsche in terms of sales.

    A win-win for all concerned, right? After all, the hardcore Porsche enthusiasts can still have their pick of myriad iterations of hot 911s and 718s – if they can afford even looking at them – while the company retains its boast of being the most profitable car company in the world (well, at least in the top three anyway) by pushing Cayennes and Macans to well-to-do suburban dwellers in seemingly endless quantities.

    What could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot, apparently.

    Though some of you have absorbed the lunacy of the Porsche pricing strategy (I haven’t), which has gone wildly out of control over the last half-decade – an “entry level” Porsche simply doesn’t exist anymore – and the Porsche option list remains the most usurious form of gulp fiction that exists in the industry today, a monument to gouging that is almost incomprehensible to behold, the insistence by Porsche operatives that they have, despite all of their success pushing SUVs, been able to retain their focus and are still adhering to their heritage is simply not true anymore. In fact, these Porsche operatives have gotten so far away from any lingering vestiges of “heritage” that it’s time to present them for what they are: greed merchants looking for their next score.

    The latest evidence of this – besides the fact that there’s a whole generation of Porsche buyers out there who don’t even realize the company was once known for its sports cars – is that the boffins in Porsche’s “Exclusive Manufaktur” in Zuffenhausen (the division of Porsche that takes the concept of hosing its customers to stratospheric levels) have managed to come up with another new and absurd way of extracting cash from the Porsche faithful as described by the Porsche PR minions: By “using an ‘innovative’ direct printing method developed by Porsche, graphic elements of the highest visual quality can now be printed onto the painted body parts of a vehicle. Initially, customers who purchase a new 911 can have the bonnet personalized with a design based on their own fingerprint.”

    Huh? Let’s read that again: “… customers who purchase a new 911 can have the bonnet personalized with a design based on their own fingerprint.”

    Porsche is so proud of this development, that the press release goes on and on and on about it, with this gem from Alexander Fabig, Vice President, Individualization and Classic: “Individuality is very important for Porsche customers. And no design can be more personal than your own fingerprint.”

    Somehow this reminds me of the old Johnny Carson bit when he said, “I did not know that.”

    In case you really want to know how this works, Porsche’s PR minions are happy to explain: “If a customer decides to enhance their 911 with the direct printing method, the specialists in the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur disassemble the bonnet following series production. The customer’s biometric data is processed so as to make sure it cannot be used for an unauthorized purpose. The entire process takes place in direct communication with the customer, who has a complete overview of how their personal data is used and is also integrated in the creation process of their print graphic. After the robot paints the unique design, a clear coat is applied and the bonnet is then polished to a high-gloss finish in order to meet the highest quality standards. Then the enhanced component is reinstalled.”

    I feel a nightmare coming on.

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    Re: Autoextremist: Another egregious exercise....

    I think he's wrong on this one. Yes, they price gouge badly, but they do it because they can. They've shifted to CUV's, but they did it because they had to. This bonnet printing thing is a manifestation of giving the consumer what they want. My guess is most wont go for it, but I bet the young, spoiled rich kids will eat this up. Times are changing, so do the car companies...

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    The customer’s biometric data is processed so as to make sure it cannot be used for an unauthorized purpose.
    So they take an owners 'individual' fingerprint, alter it so if someone where to shrink the image it wouldn't work for logins etc and then claim that it is the owners 'individual' fingerprint?

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    Re: Autoextremist: Another egregious exercise....

    Is this really worth hyperventilating (as PDL always does, I guess) about? If it works, good for Porsche. If not, they'll quietly drop it and move on. Seems like a minor thing in the grand scheme of things.

    FWIW, it looks butt ugly, IMO. Then again, I'm the type who tries to not leave finger prints on the hood (even life-sized ones, much less gigantic ones). Guessing I'm too old to get this.
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    The 718 turbo four failed in the marketplace and porsches price structure is wacked. Their maintenance schedules are uncompetitive as well.

    To me their service requirements show a lack of forethought.

    I was getting tired of the delays on my upcoming c8 and a few buddies pickedup caymans for cheap...seems the dealers cant move them...

    A little underpowered but the test drive was fun...the service schedule was out of touch with the competition.

    I would imagine the macan is less needy over the time of the ownership experience.

    This is america...we want to change the oil every 6k miles, add gas and every 20k miles buy tires...

    At least for the first 100k miles...

    Porsches are like $1500 a year according to the porsche salesman...

    Could he have been BS ing me? Sure...

    He was trying to sell sometype of service plan...

    Lost interest...he lost the sale...

    C8 z51 fe4 order has gone in...with a tpw around end of may...

    Worth the wait...

    As far as porsche making the right moves?

    Yeah...sports car owners like to buy their significant others cuv versions of the same brand..

    Chevy screwed up with not offering a hit rod exoskeleton ev hot rod macan sized corvette crosstrek..

    Ill take a hummer H4 sized version..

    Im very into exoskeleton stainless steel construction ev for hot rod small cuv..

    Thats the next big white space to be uncovered when done like a sports car...(not the slanted roofline crap but the real deal)
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    Re: Autoextremist: Another egregious exercise....

    Quote Originally Posted by emh View Post
    Is this really worth hyperventilating (as PDL always does, I guess) about? If it works, good for Porsche. If not, they'll quietly drop it and move on. Seems like a minor thing in the grand scheme of things.

    FWIW, it looks butt ugly, IMO. Then again, I'm the type who tries to not leave finger prints on the hood (even life-sized ones, much less gigantic ones). Guessing I'm too old to get this.
    My first thought in reading your response is that "It must have been a slow news day" for him

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBsZ06 View Post
    The 718 turbo four failed in the marketplace and porsches price structure is wacked. Their maintenance schedules are uncompetitive as well.

    To me their service requirements show a lack of forethought.

    I was getting tired of the delays on my upcoming c8 and a few buddies pickedup caymans for cheap...seems the dealers cant move them...

    A little underpowered but the test drive was fun...the service schedule was out of touch with the competition.

    I would imagine the macan is less needy over the time of the ownership experience.

    This is america...we want to change the oil every 6k miles, add gas and every 20k miles buy tires...

    At least for the first 100k miles...

    Porsches are like $1500 a year according to the porsche salesman...

    Could he have been BS ing me? Sure...

    He was trying to sell sometype of service plan...

    Lost interest...he lost the sale...

    C8 z51 fe4 order has gone in...with a tpw around end of may...

    Worth the wait...

    As far as porsche making the right moves?

    Yeah...sports car owners like to buy their significant others cuv versions of the same brand..

    Chevy screwed up with not offering a hit rod exoskeleton ev hot rod macan sized corvette crosstrek..

    Ill take a hummer H4 sized version..

    Im very into exoskeleton stainless steel construction ev for hot rod small cuv..

    Thats the next big white space to be uncovered when done like a sports car...(not the slanted roofline crap but the real deal)
    The way you wrote your post made me think of America123 - what happened to him?

    And to your overall post, I think Porsche's goal is to be able to pull every single penny from your pocket that they can. Everything is designed around that - maintenance, purchase, etc..

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    Re: Autoextremist: Another egregious exercise....

    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    My first thought in reading your response is that "It must have been a slow news day" for him
    Indeed
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