Porsche Boxster
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Make: Porsche
Model: Boxster
Porsche Boxster

The Boxster was Porsche's largest volume seller from its point of launch in model year 1997 until the company introduced the Cayenne sport utility vehicle in model year 2003. Production of the 986 began at the former Porsche 928 facility in Stuttgart, Germany in 1996. Additionally, Valmet manufactures Boxsters for Porsche at a facility in Uusikaupunki, Finland. This mid-engined roadster was Porsche's smallest and least expensive vehicle, a title that it took over from the front-engine Porsche 968. The 968 was discontinued in 1995. The earliest Boxster models were powered by a 2.5 liter flat six-cylinder engine, however, in 2000, the new Boxster S variant was launched with a larger 3.2 liter motor. At that point the base model received a more powerful 2.7 liter engine as well. In 2005, the updates were substantial enough that Porsche internally called the Boxster a new 987 model, as these were more powerful than the 986s. Further, engine output increased yet again in 2007; a point at which both Boxster models received the motors from the corresponding Porsche Cayman variants. The design of the Boxster comes from the former Style Porsche department head Harm Lagaay. His design of the Boxster stimulated a commercial turnaround for Porsche after several difficult years of falling sales. The name is a combination of the word ‘boxer’, referring to the vehicle's engine, and the word ‘roadster’, which refers to the vehicle's convertible top. Many speculate that the combination of the new Boxster styling and the reduced build costs by sharing components saved Porsche from becoming owned by another car company. This is more important than it sounds in a day in age when so many companies are being literally eaten up by the bigger fish in the sea. Hopefully Porsche will be able to maintain its independence for many years to come.

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