Porsche has released sales numbers for the first three quarters of 2021 during which deliveries to customers rose by 13% compared to January – September 2020. To the surprise of no one, the company’s SUVs were by far the most popular, with the Cayenne claiming the sales crown with 62,451 units, followed closely by the smaller Macan crossover at 61,944 vehicles.
The real surprise is when you discover the identity of the last vehicle to climb the podium because it’s not the iconic 911. Yes, the Taycan electric sedan managed to beat the sports car in the sales race, claiming third place with a total of 28,640 EVs delivered so far this year. The zero-emissions model is only in its second full year on the market and has registered an increase in customer demand of 10% compared to the first three quarters of 2020.
The legendary 911 had to settle for fourth place, but it’s not as bad as it may seem because deliveries actually rose by 10% to 27,972 units, so it lagged only a little bit behind the Taycan of which the total number includes the Cross Turismo wagon. In fifth place came the Panamera / Panamera Sport Turismo grand tourer with 20,275 examples while the 718 Boxster / Cayman were dead last with 15,916 deliveries.
There’s going to be a new name on that list in 2022 when Porsche will introduce an electric crossover to serve as a next-generation Macan, but it will be offered exclusively as an EV and quite possibly with a different name. That’s because the gasoline-fueled Macan will soldier on for a few more years until the electric model will replace it altogether. To avoid confusion, the electric variant is rumored to adopt a fresh moniker.
The aforementioned 718 models are also expected to switch to an EV setup for the next generation, as hinted by the Mission R concept car unveiled last month at IAA in Munich. A smaller sedan positioned below the Taycan is rumored to come after the BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3, but that remains to be seen. There are also rumors of electric replacements for the Cayenne and Panamera, although these are unlikely to arrive until towards the end of the decade.