In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.
For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.
Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman . Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.
On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “drive.com.au" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.
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gallery: Porsche 911 Turbo S
gallery: Porsche 911 GT3 RS
In the UK, the celebrated auto magazine, EVO, picked the Porsche 911 GT3 RS as the winner of the “Car of the Year 2010”. One of the cars that the 911 GT3 RS beat out for the top step in the podium was the 911 GT2 RS , which finished a pretty impressive third place, making Porsche the only automaker to have two cars in the top ten of a group filled with some pretty heady competition. Even Top Gear’s Richard Hammond joined in on the praises for the 911 GT2 RS, naming it his own personal “Car of the Year.” Speaking of Top Gear, the UK auto show also bestowed their “Man of the Year” award to Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche’s development director for his brainchild concept vehicle, the 918 Spyder .
Finally, here in local soil, Porsche continued its impressive showing in these year-end awards by having two cars – the Boxster and the Cayman – in Car and Driver Magazine’s list of ten best vehicles on sale in the US. Porsche’s presence in the top ten. This is also the 10th time in 12 years that one of Stuttgart’s finest has made an appearance on the list.
All told, that’s four different countries in three different continents sharing the same sentiment: for all the drama surrounding 2010, Porsche has managed to rise above it all and establish its place as one of the most popular and highly sought after auto brands on the planet today.