Porsche sold more cars in the first six months of 2014 than for any previous H1, the Volkswagen-controlled firm has announced.

Compared to H1, 2013, the number of vehicles delivered rose by almost eight percent to 87,800 units. The Panamera Gran Turismo was especially in demand and around 13,500 units were delivered – a rise of 28%. Of that total, 10% of orders were for the plug-in hybrid.

“We can look back on a very successful first six months of 2014 – despite sometimes volatile economic conditions and highly different trends on individual automotive markets,” said Bernhard Maier, Executive Board member for Sales and Marketing. “With our present model line-up we are well positioned to face current challenges. In the second half of the year, we will keep our foot on the accelerator with the world-wide launch of the Macan and other model innovations.”

Porsche increased sales in all key regions, with Europe standing out: sales were up by almost 14% to 30,000 deliveries. Of these, 12,300 units were sold in Germany. In the US, 23,000 SUVs and cars were delivered – a YoY rise of eight percent. The same percentage rise applied to China, where 19,800 vehicles were sold. The majority of deliveries worldwide were registered by the Cayenne with 37,200 units, followed by the 911 model series (15,615 units).