Porsche is a German automobile maker that traditionally specializes in sports cars and lately SUVs and sedans. The company is owned by Volkswagen AG and has headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. It is the most successful automobile company in motorsport history with a total of 28,000 victories.
The company was founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche. It initially did not build cars as it started as a motor vehicle development and consulting firm. It eventually went into car designing and one of its earliest works was the Volkswagen Beetle commissioned by the German government as a car for the masses. The Volkswagen Beetle is widely considered as one of the most recognizable and successful car designs of all time.
The company produced military versions of the Beetle during World War II. It also produced tank designs during the war.
Ferdinand lost his title as chairman of the company at the end of the war. His son, Ferry, built his own car which would eventually become the Porsche 356. The said car is widely considered as the first ever Porsche. It was road certified in 1948.
Like other auto mobile makers, Porsche was not hesitant to partner with other firms. In the 90s it joined hands with Toyota to learn more about Japanese manufacturing methods
Porsche has always been close with Volkswagen. After all its founder designed the very first Beetle. In 1969, it collaborated with Volkswagen to build the VW -Porsche 914. Both firms also built the Porsche 912E and the Porsche 924.
Porsche cars are associated with luxury. Some of its convertibles like the Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 911 Turbo and Porsche Boxster are considered best-sellers. In terms of sedans, its new four-door Panamera has not only won critical acclaim but has also sold well. It is one of the fastest four-door sedans in the world.
Porsche has a formidable roster of luxury cars like the Porsche Panamera, Porsche Macan, Porsche Cayman, Porsche Cayenne, and 911 Targa 4.
Through the years, the Porsche 911 has been considered as the king of sports cars. But since it was introduced in 2006, the Porsche Cayman has also become a favorite of driving enthusiasts with its sleek appearance and excellent mid-engine handling. It also helps that the Cayman is lighter, smaller, and less expensive.
Porsche launched in 2014 the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid car in the premium SUV segment.