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PHOTO CAPTION: Porsche Panamera will be offered as Plug-In Hybrid

Porsche Will Launch Panamera Electric Hybrid in 2014

Motor Authority speculates drive system will be similar to that used in Toyota Prius PHV.

Published: 21-Mar-2012

Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid model will be the highly-exclusive and stupendously-expensive 918 Spyder due next year, but as we confirmed only last week Porsche’s near future will be enriched with even more plug-ins.

While a plug-in hybrid version of its Cayenne makes the most sense, considering the SUV is a non-core model and more suited to carrying a heavy battery and electric motor setup, several inside sources have revealed that a plug-in hybrid Panamera will be launched in just two short years.

Speaking with Automotive News (subscription required), the sources said a Panamera plug-in hybrid sedan will commence production in 2014 and is likely to be sold in the U.S., though the timing remains unclear.

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