Stuttgart. 2008 was yet another excellent year for Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, in the truest sense of the word: once again, the 911, the Boxster, Cayman, and Cayenne brought home numerous prizes and awards for the German manufacturer of sports cars. In all kinds of contests, competitions and tests, both the public and the press, customers and connoisseurs confirmed through their vote that Porsche continues to outperform even the greatest expectations in the market.
Porsche has become a regular winner in the contest for the "Best Cars", conducted each year by Germany's leading motor magazine auto motor und sport among its readers. In 2008 the Overall Convertible Award went to Porsche's proven 911 Carrera Cabriolet. The readers of Sportauto, another leading German car magazine, chose the Boxster in the Convertible/Roadster Category up to Euro 80,000 as the "Most Sporting Car in 2008", thus paying their tribute to the enormous dynamic driving potential offered by Porsche's lightweight mid-engined roadster.
The open-air 911 also convinced the readers of Auto Zeitung to choose this out-standing car as No 1 in the Convertible Category above Euro 30,000 for their "Auto Trophy". And for the 15th time in 21 years, the 911 Carrera was chosen by the same readers as the "Best Sports Car", winning its category by a wide margin. Auto Bild Sportscars, in turn, acknowledged the 911 GT2 as their most outstanding sports car, just as the 911 GT2 was also lauded by Powercar, another leading sports car magazine, as the winner in the Supersports Category above 450 bhp. The 911 GT2 is of course the top supersports model within the 911 model series.
The editors of the same magazine also picked the 911 Turbo Cabriolet as their No 1 in the Convertible/Roadster Category and the Cayenne Turbo S as the best offroader.
The Cayenne successfully defended its leading position as the benchmark in the SUV market with several magazines. Readers of Off Road, a specialist magazine for vehicles of this type, chose the Cayenne in their "Off Road Award 2008" as the best luxury SUV. Diners Club Magazine lauded the Cayenne as the "Best Offroader of the Year", and the internet portal Autoscout24 presented the Cayenne with its "Internet Auto Award" as the best sports utility of its class throughout the whole of Europe. Porsche's SUV also won the national competitions in Germany, France and the Netherlands, with Autorecht24 placing the Cayenne Turbo right at the top in 2008 as the "Car of the Year".
Porsche models were among the winners also on other continents, as is clearly borne out by two examples in particular: No less than two Porsche sports cars appear on the podium in the prestigious "Performance Car Of The Year" Award presented by Motor Magazine in Australia, with the 911 GT2 ranking right at the top and the new Carrera S with PDK receiving third place from the jury. And in the opinion of the US car magazine Car and Driver, Porsche's Boxster and Cayman entry-level models are among the world's "10 Best Cars", as in the previous year.
Porsche sets the benchmark not only in terms of products, but also through its vehicle concepts and technologies. As an example, VDI-Gesellschaft Mess- und Automatisierungstechnik awarded their "Useware Prize 2008" to Porsche's new PCM 3.0 Communication Management. PCM stands out in particular through its simple, rapid and safe operation, this special award presented once a year expressing the appreciation of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (Association of German Engineers) for particularly user-friendly systems based on outstanding methods of development.
Note: Photos of all Porsche models and PCM are available to accredited journalists in the Porsche Press Database at http://presse.porsche.de/.