Porsche will soon extend its hybrid strategy to the new generation Cayenne. But before this can happen, rigorous tests must be carried out.
A handful of Cayenne E-Hybrid models are being put through a final round of endurance tests in far-off South Africa. The SUV has to go through dusty slopes, rough asphalt, dense traffic-packed city roads in and around Johannesburg and mountain passes more than 3000 metres high. These are the challenging conditions for all of the components involved, the company said.
“We are on the cusp of the market launch and are bringing the vehicles up to speed in terms of functionality. We are testing them here once again in a customer-focussed way,” said Oliver Laqua, Director Complete Vehicle Product Line SUV.
During the testing phase, the new derivative has had to prove that it offers all of these features in the most difficult conditions and across different continents – including temperatures of minus 40 degrees in northern Canada and plus 40 degrees in the deserts of Dubai. In South Africa, the testing programme has focused on the final elements of fine tuning.
“Our goal is to deliver a vehicle to the customer that is 100 per cent perfect,” said Peter Hass, Team Manager Quality Management and Testing.