More, more, more was the cry of Porsche dealers at the NADA make meeting.
Dealers asked Porsche executives for increased quantities of current products and upcoming cars, especially the 911 Turbo, which goes on sale this spring. Dealers want two or three times the amount of 911 Turbo models than Porsche executives said they can deliver. Porsche 911 Turbo sales in 1999 were 8,194.
Dealers also quizzed Porsche executives on long-range product plans. They want a wider selection of vehicles and increased quantities of any future products.
Dealers asked for more input on such things as color of sports cars brought into the United States.
But dealers got few answers from Porsche executives. 'We didn't hear anything new,' said one dealer who left the 45-minute meeting early. 'It wasn't very exciting.'
The approximately 25 dealers attending the meeting were generally upbeat. Porsche enjoyed its sixth consecutive sales increase in 1999; it ranked second in NADA's dealer satisfaction survey. Dealers applauded and erupted into laughter a number of times.
Fred Schwab, president of Porsche Cars North America, said he couldn't answer product questions beyond vehicles introduced in this calendar year. Still, dealers asked him about the sport-utility being developed with Volkswagen, and he gave them few details. He would only say it will be available sometime in 2002, and could be a 2002 or 2003 model.
The sport-utility will help Porsche stabilize its sales. 'The sport-utility will be more of an everyday vehicle than our sports cars,' Schwab said. 'As a consequence, we'll have fewer peaks and valleys in sales.'
Robert Snodgrass Jr., president of Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Fla., and a member of Porsche's Board of Regents, said, 'The focus was on the future.'