Porsche Cars North America Inc. predicts healthy sales for the Cayman, a coupe version of the Boxster roadster due in 2007.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, CEO of Porsche in North America, expects to sell about as many Caymans in the United States as Boxsters.
The second-generation Boxster went on sale Jan. 15. The previous generation peaked in the United States in 2000 at 13,312 units.
Schwarzenbauer says the Cayman is in clinics in the United States. "I am convinced it will be a big hit in the U.S. market, and it fits nicely in the niche where you want a good-looking car and great performance," he says.
The Cayman will be slotted between the 911 Carrera and Porsche Boxster S in price. The Boxster S base price is $53,895, including destination.
Schwarzenbauer says the Cayman will compete with the BMW M3.
Porsche sold a record 31,473 vehicles last year in the United States and expects to sell even more vehicles this year, says Schwarzenbauer, who declines to give a firm estimate.
Porsche has not decided whether to produce a fourth car. Recent spy photos show a four-door coupe, which European buff books say will be called the Panamera. Says Schwarzenbauer: "It is all speculation, and that car does not exist. The picture is a blown-up 911 and nothing else."