I assume that would depend on what portion of the US plant output goes to Europe (vs the rest of the world). In fact what matters most is probably what fraction of profit (not revenue) comes from Europe. My understanding is BMW exports globally from Spartanburg.
Its the # of vehicles sold that matters, not the cost. The emissions don't care if its from a Bugatti, Rolls, or BMW Mini.
China gets 22% of the production.
of the 73% of production
BMW increasing China Production capacity
400,000 units/year #2
after China is Germany.
So we don't know how many vehicles are sent to Germany from the US but certainly more than the entire number of Macans sold in the US. Every vehicle counts.
As an article in computer weekly notes,
"Legacy is not synonymous with inferiority. Rather, it shows maturity, stability and best practices honed from years of experience. Legacy works."
A superb example in the gun industry is the model 1911 .45 caliber pistol.
Apples and Oranges. A gun is mostly mechanical. Porsches today, are mostly electronic. About everything in the car runs on chips. PASM, PSM, PCM, Emissions, PDCC, etc., its all electronics. Electronics change ALL the time. Porsche also runs Porsche Classics, look it up. Ten years after a model is out of production, generation move into that program to ensure parts are always available. That's one of the benefits of owning an older Porsche. But now, everything is software and chips. A big problem can be finding any company that makes the chips nm someone to write the software. The electronics are the reason the cars drain batteries. Something is always running, including the alarm.
Comparing a mechanical part to a modern car is not a good analogy. You could compare your gun to the old fashion manual crank window on the car. That would be reasonable. But try to find ANY car that doesn't have electric windows. Porsches are worse. Their windows adjust with the inside pressure dropping the window a bit opening the door.
I predict the same will be true for the ICE Macan, becoming a legendary sought-after superstar (like the original Toyota Supra) ... .
OK. Its your prediction. You might want to consider in your evaluation that 30%
of the car is from Audi and the PDK is audi.
along with a claimed 50% of other parts from VAG.
My understanding is that the US market is huge for Porsche.
Not like it used to be back in the 80s. From 2017 annual report, 55,240 vehicles sold in US, ~57K in 2018, 71507 in China, and 80,292 in Europe. Its now fallen to the third most important market. 2018 numbers should be out in a month or so.
So it might have made some sense, from a regulations standpoint, to have an EV Macan plant in Germany and an ICE Macan plant in the US... I'm just throwing out ideas, of course.
For what, Macans? What are they going to do, build an entire plant for maybe 23,000 cars just for the US? There is no way they would move flat 6 production to the US. That makes no financial sense. but 23k? That's not going to happen, at least IMO it won't. It makes no sense.
A little bit of reality here. The US is not special in terms of market share. Its share keeps dropping. The little tidbit from Autocar about the coproduction of gen 1 cars and gen 2 cars until the infrastructure exists in a market is interesting. I think it a recognition that there is little to no infrastructure in the US and Macans sales would plummet in the US. These cars are price sensitive and sensitive within the consumer base. They aren't $130K sports cars that are toys or 3rd cars. They are SUVs used daily meant for hauling people, cargo, and bad weather. Forget about forums, the public won't put up with inconvenience. They need to get to work, drop kids at school, and go shopping. However, I understand the Taycan allocations are sold out. Toys. 3rd cars for the majority of the states. Convenience matters. So you have price sensitivity and convenience. Its not an accident that the best selling model is the base.
The Drive reads the AutoCar report, which talked to Stuttgart. Read the AutoCar report. Anything beyond the original reporting might be "opinion", their guesses. Did they talk to Stuttgart?