At the make meeting at the NADA convention, Porsche dealers got an update on a computer system being rolled out for dealerships in April.
'We will have the capability for getting on the Internet, which is good for dealers,' said Charlie Burton, president of the Porsche dealer council and president of Carlsen Porsche-Audi-Volkswagen in Palo Alto, Calif.
The system is called the Electronic Dealer Car System and will link all 205 North American dealers and their technical services with Porsche Cars North America Inc.
The system also will be compatible with Audi's, which is a concern because many Porsche dealers also have Audi dealerships, said Fred Schwab, president of Porsche Cars North America.
Dealers asked when they would get the Cayenne, Porsche's new sport-utility. It will arrive in the United States in the fall of 2002. 'It's just the start-up in 2002,' Schwab said, 'We don't know yet how many each dealer will get.'
Said Burton: 'We dealers are crossing our fingers.'
Large dealers have made plans to expand in anticipation of the Cayenne's arrival.