Porsche gave shareholders a 10.2 percent return for the first quarter as brisk demand for its sporty cars buoyed sales and profits.
In the first half of its fiscal year, which ends July 31, sales rose 3.4 percent to E2.95 billion and pre-tax profit increased 6.5 percent to E25 million.
Chief Financial Officer Holger Härter told analysts February 10 he expects "a significant increase in sales in the near future," for the brand. Orders for the new 911 are strong, pushing waiting times for the car to six months.
Credit Suisse First Boston expects Porsche to perform well in 2006 and 2007 as the brand launches higher-end versions of the 911.
Renault provided a 7.9 percent return to investors during the first three months of 2005. BMW and Peugeot also made their shareholders money during the Q1.
Fiat lost is shareholders money during the quarter. The plight of Italy's struggling carmaker was highlighted by a 15 percent drop in its western European new-car sales during the quarter to 269,041 units.
The company has been fighting to cut its debt over the past three years as poor performance at its carmaking division produced large losses.
It has already sold most of its non-automotive operations, concentrating on making cars, trucks and agricultural equipment.