Initial sales of the V-6 Cayenne SUV have been higher than expected.
In December, Porsche sold a record 1,701 Cayennes. But at the make meeting, the German automaker remained cautious in its early production plans for the cheaper and less powerful engine.
Porsche will ship a few thousand V-6 Cayennes through July, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America Inc. Porsche will wait several months before it boosts production.
"It is a wise move not to flood the market with product in the beginning," Schwarzenbauer said.
Nevertheless, dealers who attended the meeting were enthusiastic about the new powertrain.
The V-6 will attract "a lot of customers who have never bought a Porsche, like someone who wants one for his wife," said Gary Ackerman, owner of the Gaudin Automotive Group in Las Vegas and a member of the Porsche board of regents. "It is a whole new world for us."
Last year, Porsche suffered shortages of certain coveted options such as air suspension. Those problems have been solved, Ackerman said.
At the make meeting, Porsche asked dealers to rank a list of 35 technologies to indicate what they would like to see on new models.
Porsche distributed the list late last month; dealers must respond by Feb. 14.
"It's going to be very tough to determine which technologies customers will want to buy," Ackerman said. "I'm going to call some of my customers this week so I don't guess wrong."
Examples of future technologies: Bluetooth to link a vehicle's communication devices, night vision, adaptive cruise control and advanced entertainment systems.