25,000th Panamera is US-bound

25,000th Panamera is US-bound

Porsche's Leipzig factory in eastern Germany has built the 25,000th Panamera, 10 months after sales began.

The car is a ruby-red 3.6-litre, 300hp V6 version destined for the USA where the new engine option is expected to reduce the automaker's corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rating.

Historically, Porsche has paid between $3 million and $4 million annually in non-compliance penalties, according to WardsAuto.

Porsche launched the five-door model in September 2009 with 400hp and 500 hp V8s, adding the V6 option in May.

In the US the Panamera is rated at 18/27 mpg (13-8.7l/100 km) in city/highway driving but this drops to 26 mpg (9 L/100 km) with the all wheel drive option.