We knew it was born, and dozens of tests carried out by the specialized auto or tech press confirmed it (1): the Porsche Taycan has become the benchmark for high-end 100% electric sedan, both in terms of concerns performance such as design, on-board technology or the quality of finish and assembly.
A critical success which is also reflected in the orders, since these have exceeded the targets of Porsche, which thinks it will be able to deliver around 40,000 copies of its Taycan in 2020 (figure probably lowered for logistical reasons due to the pandemic coronavirus), more than its emblematic model, the 911 (around 35,000 sales), and significantly more than its direct competitor, the Tesla Model S (around 28,000 sales).
One more trophy for the Porsche Taycan
To finish off Porsche’s first successful foray into the electric car industry, nothing like a small trophy. It's done. At the 2020 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards ceremony, the Porsche Taycan crossed the checkered flag in first position in two categories: World Luxury Car of the Year (World Luxury Car) and World Sports Car of the Year. It should be noted in passing that, concerning the World Performance Award, Porsche achieved a historic treble with the Taycan which won in front of the new 911 and the 718 Spyder / 718 Cayman GT4. The jury for this global competition, which has existed since 2003, was made up of 86 international automotive journalists who evaluated more than 50 new models. Coronavirus forces, the winners were announced at a live digital conference led by the organization of WCOTY.
Remember that Porsche’s ambitions in electrification go far beyond the Taycan since the brand predicts that 50% of its rolling stock will be electrified by the end of 2020 in France, and by the end of 2025 worldwide. After the Taycan will arrive a Sport Turismo declination at the end of 2020 (if COVID-19 wants it) then a 100% electric and 100% new version of its famous compact SUV Macan (which currently represents the brand's best sales). An electric version of the sporty two-seater Cayman coupe is expected to arrive soon after.
This is not the first time that an electric car has won a car of the year trophy: the Nissan Leaf and the Jaguar I-Pace had already won first place honors in 2011 and 2019 respectively.
(1) we were to present our full test of the Porsche Taycan in early April, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus. This is only a postponement…