Porsche Prototype Under Testing Catches Fire image

One of Porsche’s vehicle prototypes, which was in the testing process, caught fire in an employee’s garage.

Achim Schneider, Porsche’s spokesman, said that the fire occurred on Tuesday, June 25th, in Ludwigsburg, Germany, causing damages of almost 1 million euro. The source of the fire was the measuring equipment on board the car, but there was no connection between the vehicle’s powetrain technology and the fire.

Porsche did not say what model the car was, but is assured that the model is not for sale yet. The Porsche vehicles which are to be introduced soon are the new Panamera four-door coupe which will hit the market in July, the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar which is expected later this year and a new sports-car line above the 911.

Porsche reported 15,020 vehicles sold in May, an increase of 13% compared with May 2012. From January to May, the Stuttgart based automaker delivered 67,261 vehicles, a boost of 19% compared with same period last year. In the US the automaker sold 3,927 sports cars, up 40% and in China 3,206 units, up 6%. In Europe, sales dropped 2.6% to 5,034 units.

Source: Bloomberg