Crossover seems to be the exciting new frontier for every car manufacturer these days, and Porsche has actually managed to superbly blend utility, beauty and power for the enthusiast looking for a family vehicle in the 2013 Cayenne GTS. While this engineering marvel doesn’t come with a manual gearbox, its paddle shift with manual Tiptronic gate in sport mode and Sound Symposer will have you swearing you’re driving a sport coupe as you reach the finish line at the grocery store.
The Affordable Cayenne Sport
One of the things to love about the new 2013 Cayenne GTS is the fact that it comfortably occupies the middle range between the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, both in terms of price range and ponies under the hood. The GTS is nearly a full $27,000 less than its turbocharged twin, yet delivers quite a charge at the starting block. The sporty wagon can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds and reaches 100 mph in just 13.3 seconds. The Cayenne S is just a few split seconds slower on the time. This is mainly due to the fact that the GTS and S share the same aggressive 4.8-litre V-8 engine, but the GTS has a 20 horsepower boost over the S for a total of 420 hp. Torque is also more eager with the GTS rearing up at 380 lb-ft compared to 360 lb-ft on the S.
Sport Performance from an SUV?
The Cayenne GTS really distinguishes itself from the S version in its aggressive design and aerodynamics. The GTS chassis sits as low to the ground as EPA regulations will allow and is assisted by dual adjustable air suspension and damper systems. The GTS borrows all-wheel drive torque from the Cayenne Turbo for sport performance on turns and winding roads. As the GTS turns its wheels, torque can be delivered wherever its needed for superior gripping power. In addition, the GTS has a standard torque-vectoring system that adds additional tensioning to rear brakes when steering gets tough.
The GTS was designed to resemble its sibling, the Cayenne Turbo, and imitates its front and rear styling, down to the four exhaust pipes and LED lights. The GTS sports its own double winged roof spoiler that adds to the sleekness of this more affordable sporty family Porsche. For people tired of shoe-box style SUVs that lag on the highway, the Porsche Cayenne GTS is the perfect answer.
Porsche’s Prestige Interior
The feisty GTS avoids the six figure price tag of the Cayenne Turbo, yet still delivers a luxury interior with 8-way electronically adjusting leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel gas and brake pedals, Bluetooth connectivity, electric sunblind for the rear windows, and Alcantara wrapped interior components.
Safety on Tap
Safety features on the Cayenne GTS abound. Of course, the Cayenne GTS comes with a heated windshield; daytime running lights; passenger, side and curtain airbags; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is standard, and sensors watch the vehicle’s acceleration, steering and speed. Stability is maintained by electronic braking on each wheel, and the engine is also controlled to provide the correct amount of power for driving conditions.
Emergency braking conditions are also sensed by PSM. It can sense release of the throttle and automatically brings the brake pads closer to the discs. This minimizes braking distance in unexpected situations. For sudden stops, brake assist applies hydraulics to increase brake power on each wheel. PSM also works with adaptive cruise control to detect vehicles ahead. If the distance between the Porsche and another vehicle decreases, PSM automatically readies the brakes for quick application. For off the road or hazardous travel, wheels lock in order to offer better traction on snow or rough terrain.
The Final Word
With the Porsche Cayenne GTS, you get a dynamo that can perform like a roadster on the highway and take you where you need to be in the city with verve and style. The Sound Symposer, unique to the GTS, delivers the excitement of a growling cat under the hood, so executives, after a long day at work, can unwind on their way to pick up the youngster at daycare. As a wise man said, “It’s the little things that count.”
Ready to get behind the wheel? See our 2013 Porsche Cayenne Inventory here.
When discussing 2013 luxury crossovers, the best picks offer style, utility, and fuel efficiency. It seems like crossovers recently burst on the scene but automotive manufacturers have worked to develop the concept since the 1950s. Current models boast improved performance alongside premier passenger comforts.
Since 2007, the crossover concept became a hot topic among consumers. According to Cars.Com, crossovers feature popular aspects of SUVs like storage and roomier seating, while driving dynamics similar to a traditional car. Modifying the vehicle undercarriage or the chassis and drivetrain, delivers greater internal cabin space and creates a smoother ride.
Top Picks for 2013
Here is a rundown of the top five luxury crossover picks according to U.S. News and World Report, RoadandTrack.Com and Edmunds.Com. All information is current as of February 2013.
1. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK models feature a six-cylinder engine for true driving power. A stop / start feature allows the vehicle to conserve gas while idling. Available options include front or all-wheel drive capabilities and BlueTEC diesel engines.
Five passengers fit comfortably inside the GLK cabin. Heated seats and entertainment features make road trips an enjoyable adventure. COMAND central control system allows drivers to access radio stations and temperature settings from their steering wheel. Vehicle pricing starts at $37,090 United States dollars (USD).
2. 2013 Porsche Cayenne received rave reviews from U.S. News and World Report regarding performance and passenger comforts. Engine options include traditional six or eight-cylinder units and a diesel powered six-cylinder model. All-wheel drive comes standard.
Five-passenger leather seating swaddles occupants in extreme comfort. A 10-speaker entertainment system offers crisp surround sound. The vibrant seven-inch touch screen panel easily controls internal mechanisms. Upgrades include Bose sound systems, navigation systems and additional passenger entertainment centers. Vehicle pricing starts at $49,600 USD.
3. 2013 Lexus RX350 like its predecessors, retains its role as the vehicle that can do it all for those who do it all. And you can’t help but feel keyed up every moment you spend with it. The most popular and well-rounded crossover wins many fans with its well-crafted chic interior, intuitive technology and supreme power with best in class fuel economy. The technology, especially, will thrill both novice and tech-savvy drivers.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine provides greater fuel efficiency and produces 270 horsepower using regular unleaded fuel, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with intelligent shift control. Vehicle pricing starts at approximately $39,660 USD.
4. 2013 Volvo XC60 vehicles embody a chic, sensible vibe. A six-cylinder engine comes naturally aspirated or turbocharged for additional power. Front-wheel drive comes standard but all-wheel drive is available as a model upgrade. Reviewers gave the XC60 favorable marks for driving acceleration and strong engine performance.
The five-seat interior features high-definition radio transmission and Bluetooth connectivity. Additional upgrades include a rear passenger entertainment package and navigation system. Ample cargo space makes transporting larger items a simple task. Base models start at $33,042 USD.
The concept is not new, but crossover vehicles meet the needs of modern society. Families and single drivers alike do not want to sacrifice style for practicality. These luxury crossover models get the job done with a little finesse along the way. Click here to see the 2013 luxury crossovers available now at Park Place Dealerships!Comments
At Park Place Dealerships, we pride ourselves on being Experts in Excellence. That statement extends throughout our organization, and multiple dealerships, with the lofty goal of providing an extraordinary automotive purchase and ownership experience. As a result of that goal, we are proud to announce that several of our dealerships have received awards from their respective manufacturers for maintaining the integrity and excellent client service that should be expected from a luxury automotive dealership.
Park Place Dealerships Awards
Park Place Motorcars Dallas, Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth, and Park Place Motorcars Grapevine have received the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best Dealership Recognition Award based on outstanding performance in 2012. This award, presented annually, goes to the top performing Mercedes-Benz dealerships for demonstrating superior performance in various areas of their business.
“These dealers are exemplary representative of the Mercedes-Benz brand: an entrepreneurial spirit fueled by a commitment to excellence and strengthened by a total focus on customer satisfaction,” said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.
Park Place Porsche Dallas was once again recognized for the 17th consecutive year in 2013 through the Porsche Premier Dealership Program, which identifies the top 25 Porsche Dealers in North America. The Porsche Premier Dealer designation recognizes and rewards those Porsche Dealerships that best embrace the Porsche Business Model – achieving the highest performance among their peers in Brand utilization, product representation and the development of key Porsche business drivers; and in doing so, succeed as independent entrepreneurs who routinely exceed the expectations of their Porsche customers.
Recognition as a Porsche Premier Dealer bestows the pride and prestige of being named one of the most highly regarded Porsche dealerships in North America, ad Park Place Porsche Dallas is driven to continue our commitment to excellence that gained us this distinction.
Park Place Jaguar Plano has been awarded the Pride of Jaguar Retailer Excellence Award. The award is the highest honor a Jaguar dealer can receive, and is only bestowed on dealers who take the ideals of excellence and turn them into a way of doing business for every customer, every day. Earning the Pride of Jaguar requires that all areas of a Jaguar dealership’s business are focused on the customer. There are three key components to achieving Pride of Jaguar: providing an exceptional customer experience; exemplary sales satisfaction performance; and excellence in service quality.
“The Pride of Jaguar award annually honors those select dealers who exceeded expectations in customer satisfaction, sales performance, and overall business excellence. These dealers are key elements in Jaguar’s continued success,” says Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC.
The Elite of Lexus award is reserved for those dealers who excel at everything they do. From sales and service to the overall ownership experience, these dealerships are truly in a class all their own. Lexus bestows this honor on only a very select group of dealerships, based on customer ratings and a rigorous series of operational and certification requirements. We are honored to say that Park Place Lexus Plano has earned this prestigious award 19 times and Park Place Lexus Grapevine earned it the past 11 consecutive years.Comments
Luxury automobile dealership group ranked #4 in the U.S. in the largest survey of American workers of its kind
DALLAS (January 31, 2013) — Dallas-based Park Place Dealerships has been named one of America’s Top Workplaces by WorkplaceDynamics. Park Place was ranked #4 nationwide among 872 organizations with more than 1,000 employees that participated in regional top workplaces programs.
“It is an honor to be recognized as one of America’s top workplaces,” said Ken Schnitzer, Chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “We have invested in hiring the best team to take great care of our clients and they do an incredible job. We value our team and we do everything we can to create an exceptional work environment.”
The National Top Workplaces list was determined solely by feedback gathered through an objective employee survey. The survey was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, the leading on-demand employee survey provider, in conjunction with 30 leading regional newspapers. Park Place Dealerships participated in The Dallas Morning News’ Top Workplaces 2012 program.
The survey uses a proprietary set of 22 questions to rank companies. The survey data showed that employees most want to work at companies with high levels of organizational health. Companies that set a clear direction for their future; execute well; and bring real meaning to work are the healthiest.
“We have the support of the leadership team at all levels of our organization,” said Sherry Miller, vice president of human resources at Park Place Dealerships. “This enables us to implement workplace initiatives that create an environment where our employees are recognized and rewarded for their knowledge and skills, where their opinions are heard and valued, and where they can learn and further develop in their careers at Park Place.”
The Top Workplaces program accurately reflects the opinions of employees through measurement of engagement, organizational health and employee satisfaction. The survey is utilized year after year by human resource professionals and C-suite executives nationwide as the gold standard in internal measurement of organizational health and employee satisfaction.
Founded in 2006, WorkplaceDynamics is the fastest-growing employee survey provider in the United States. Based on their “on-demand” employee survey, last year they surveyed more than 5,000 organizations, polled 1.7 million people and handled over a million employee responses.
Details about the National Top Workplaces, a full list of the Top 150 companies, the survey methodology, and factors that drive organizational health are available at www.topworkplaces.com.
Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Park Place currently operates 15 full-service dealerships representing Bentley, Jaguar, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, smart, Volvo and Rolls-Royce. In addition, the dealership group includes two Park Place Bodywerks locations. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.Comments
Experts at Car and Driver Magazine describe 2013 Porsche Panamera performance like a land-based rocket ship. Designed as a sporty upgrade to the 2011 Panamera 4S model, these vehicles are perfect for consumers seeking form and function while driving. Seven distinct styles allow customers to create truly unique pieces of machinery.
Porsche designed Panamera vehicles with speed and excitement in mind. The “Panamera” name originated from a Mexican sports car race that also provided inspiration for another Porsche model, the Carrera. It debuted to consumer markets back in 2009. The vehicles offer a sleek alternative to similar luxury models with features frequently seen on Maseratis and Aston Martins.
2013 Panamera models offer maximum comfort for long-distance travel. The design remains true to its original hatchback design with a four-door body style. Current Panamera models wowed spectators at the Los Angeles Auto Show while North American critics initially approached the cars with hesitation due to hybrid body styling.
Six cylinder Panameras include basic rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. Eight cylinder sedan (S) models come with rear or all-wheel drive. Grand turismo (GTS), turbo and turbo sedan (TS) units equipped with eight cylinder engines are also available. Standard features vary by trim, customers should consult with Porsche representatives to ensure that a particular model fits their needs.
18-inch summer tires with 0.2-inch rear-tire spacers enhance overall aesthetics and offer increased vehicle maneuverability. Strategically placed front-end intakes facilitate peak engine performance by continuously delivering fresh air during vehicle operation. Six-cylinder, 300 horsepower engines take vehicles go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph) in approximately six seconds. Top speeds clock in at 160 mph.
Dual clutch, seven-speed transmissions offer quick acceleration and improved fuel economy. An automatic stop-start feature reduces idle times for reduced fuel consumption. Active suspension management (PASM) and stability management (PSM) are two standard features that provide maximum control on uneven surfaces. Panamera vehicles are part of a selective group that utilizes electronic parking brakes. Drivers simply push a button to engage the feature.
Panamera vehicles offer an extensive array of safety features. All vehicle doors provide impact protection. Airbag systems include dual front, knee, side and curtain units for the car’s ceiling and window spaces. Rollover detection deploys specific airbags in the event of an emergency.
The official Porsche website indicates 2013 Panamera vehicle exteriors consist of an efficient steel and aluminum mix to reduce overall body weight. Standing approximately 55.8 inches tall, 2013 models are 0.4 inches shorter than previous models for minimal wind drag. Standard vehicle color selections include Black and White. Custom paint colors are available for an additional fee.
Porsche took extreme care in surrounding vehicle occupants with subtle luxuries. Partial leather seats envelop occupants in sumptuous comfort without the potential for wear and tear that accompanies traditional leather fittings. The feature is perfect for younger families who want a vehicle they can enjoy without hesitation. Multiple compartments including a cooled glove box provide ample storage space for smaller items. Panamera vehicles have four 12-volt electrical outlets.
Heat insulated glass helps vehicles maintain constant temperatures. Charcoal filters aide in alleviating seasonal allergy symptoms while operating conditioning and heating system systems. Two particularly driver-friendly features include power steering and rear ParkAssist. ParkAssist delivers auditory tone to help with parking and backing up.
Communication Management System
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) systems come standard on Panamera Turbo and Turbo S models. The seven-inch touch screen serves as a vehicle entertainment hub. PCMs play CDs, DVDs and connect to mp3 players and provide navigation services. 42 radio-preset spaces offer more than enough room for station selections. An optional feature adds phone capabilities.
Additional features allow consumers to personalize their driving experience. Heated front and rear seats offer additional comfort in colder climates. Adaptive cruise control uses onboard sensors for automatic vehicle slowdown and acceleration. A front and rear ParkAssist provides visual safety cues with a rear-mounted camera.
Optional entertainment features include BOSE or BURMESTER surround sound systems and an integrated six-disc CD / DVD player. Installing voice control allows drivers to control many vehicle functions with vocal commands. Four-zone climate control gives passengers power over individual comforts.
Suggested retail pricing for six cylinder 2013 Porsche Panamera vehicles starts at $75,850 United States dollars (USD). Sedans start around $91,350 USD. Starter pricing for turbo models is approximately $138,650 USD. Optional features add to overall costs. Prices are current as of November 2012.
Customers looking for the next generation in luxury vehicle should search no further than Porsche’s latest Panamera series. Hailed by critics as a luxury car that performs like a sports car, vehicles turn everyday driving into an experience. Porsche Panamera performance is truly in a league all its own.Comments
For the third consecutive year, Park Place Dealerships is honored to be named in the Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Places To Work. With more than 1400 members, Park Place took the number 4 spot in the large company category for the second year in a row, up from the number 5 spot in 2010.
This year’s field included 276 companies who agreed to participate, with surveys being sent to more than 120,000 employees. The results of those surveys make up the scoring system for the Top 100 list, and give great insight as to what it is like to work for each company on the list.
Park Place Dealerships is built upon a foundation of dedicated and talented members, who strive every day to work as a team, serving our clients and helping the organization grow as a whole.
If you are looking for an exciting career with a great team of devoted individuals in one of the top companies to work for in the DFW area, browse our current job listings on our careers site at Jobs.ParkPlaceTexas.com!
See the rest of the Top 100 list at DallasNews.comComments
As you may already know, the goal that we at Park Place strive for on a daily basis is to be “Experts in Excellence.” In order to live up to that expectation we make it a point to offer top notch luxury automotive brands, provide a purchasing experience unlike any other, and continue to foster this experience with excellent service for years to come. Keeping with that mindset, we are proud to announce that three Park Place Dealerships luxury automotive brands have made it into the top 5 of AOL Autos’ “Top Brands for Customer Service”, a special article on luxury brands and their attention to service experience. It’s the fourth year in a row that Lexus has been the top name for for this particular study, and it is closely followed by Jaguar in the number 3 spot, with Porsche landing at number 5.
At Park Place, we know our brands represent the finest luxury cars available – and it’s evident that the brand efforts to increase quality in engineering, as well as continuing support in the training and development of our members has truly paid off.Comments
A New Program Supporting Performance and The Porsche Driving Experience
DALLAS, TX (July 12, 2012) – Park Place Porsche, an award-winning Porsche dealership in Dallas, has worked behind the scenes for years supporting Porsche racing enthusiasts through Porsche Driving Events and club racing in North Texas. Now, with the launch of Park Place Motorsports, Park Place will be helping clients and Porsche lovers take their driving experiences to a new level.
As a Porsche dealer, Park Place Porsche continues to provide sales and service support, and genuine Porsche parts and accessories and Techquipment. Park Place Motorsports will focus more on technical performance, track-side support, driver education events, and specialty and aftermarket performance parts and enhancements for Porsche clients.
Park Place Motorsports is backed by factory certified technicians, who have been rigorously trained in Porsche Driving Event classifications and regulations. Three levels of support will be offered so that drivers can opt for a certified technician to be present with them for the duration of a driving event to help keep their vehicle running at its peak performance on the track.
Park Place Motorsports is located at 6219 Peeler Street in Dallas. Track information, directions and a calendar of events, as well as photo galleries, downloadable desktop wallpapers, and videos can be found on the Park Place Motorsports website – www.ParkPlaceMotorsports.com.
Celebrating 25 years of “Experts in Excellence,” Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer. Today, Park Place Dealerships operates 16 full-service dealerships representing Bentley, Jaguar, Lexus, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, smart, Volvo, and Infiniti. In addition, the dealership group includes two Park Place Bodywerks locations in Texas. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.Comments
Park Place Porsche unveiled the new 2013 Porsche Boxster at the Dallas Arboretum and announced a $5,000 donation to The Family Place to help victims of domestic violence. We had a great time enjoying this beautiful venue with our clients and the opportunity to show off the new 2013 Boxster. Check out this video from the fabulous party and let us know what you think!
The all-new 2013 Porsche Boxster: The lighter, more muscular, more distinctive and more fuel-efficient sports car Arrives in Dallas. Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster has a change of generation been so comprehensive.
Park Place Porsche unveiled the new 2013 Porsche Boxster at the Dallas Arboretum and announced a $5,000 donation was made to The Family Place to help victims of domestic violence. The third-generation of the highly regarded Porsche sports car has arrived in the Dallas showroom and is now on sale.
Never before in the history of the Porsche Boxster has a change of generation been so comprehensive. The new Boxster weighs up to 77 pounds less than the previous generation while riding on a longer wheelbase and a wider track. Larger wheels, a restyled interior reminiscent of the Carrera GT supercar and a redesigned, fully electric top that now opens and closes in nine seconds help make the hi-performance roadster even more livable for everyday use.
“This is the classic mid-engine Porsche pairing,” said Patrick Huston, general manager of Park Place Porsche. “The new Boxster and Boxster S have been thoroughly updated with aggressive styling and more powerful engines, while being more comfortable and fuel efficient. With optional features like Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) and the Sport Chrono Package, these perfectly balanced mid-engined roadsters, now in their third-generation, are an absolute blast to drive.”
Both the Boxster and the Boxster S are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection and a highly efficient electrical system recuperation feature, thermal management and a Stop/Start function. The base model’s new power unit delivers 265 hp from an engine displacing 2.7 liters and provides ten hp more than its larger displacement predecessor. The 315 hp 3.4-liter engine of the Boxster S now delivers five more hp than before.
Both models are equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox as standard with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission optional and both versions achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration with the PDK. With no power flow interruption during gear changes, the Boxster sprints from zero to 60 mph in as little 5.2 seconds, the Boxster S in as little as 4.5 seconds. The EPA rates the Boxster at 32 mpg highway, and the Boxster S at 30 mpg with the PDK.
The base list price will be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge.
About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera Gran Turismo. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 196 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.
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