By Shane McGinley
The Cayenne 2011 and 2012 models were found to have faulty headlights
German luxury car maker Porsche, in which Qatar holds a ten percent stake, is to recall 2,821 Cayenne models in the UAE over a potential headlight fault, a Dubai-based spokesperson has confirmed.
“The headlight locking system on current 2011 and 2012 Cayenne models is being reworked,” the Stuttgart-based car maker said in a statement. “In-house quality investigations revealed that in rare cases an incorrectly locked headlight module can become detached."
Approximately 100,000 units of the Cayenne model line are being reworked globally, with 1,819 vehicles in Dubai and 1,002 in Abu Dhabi set to be recalled.
“The workshop job takes approximately 45 minutes and is free of charge for the customer,” a spokesperson said.
The announcement comes just two months after it was announced that Middle East sales of Porsche’s popular Cayenne model surged 42 percent in 2011.
Overall sales were up 18.7 percent between January and November 2011, with the German car maker shipping 6,842 vehicles to the MENA region over the period.
“Positive for us are also the Panamera deliveries which are stable, despite the model being in its in third year after introduction,” the spokesperson added.
In order to meet demand for the popular models, Porsche is planning to introduce a third shift at its Leipzig manufacturing base next month in order to increase production of the Cayenne and Panamera.
The car maker said in October its profits jumped 25 percent during the first nine months of 2011. Following a surge in sales to Asia, the group said operating profit between January and September rose to €1.51bn ($2.14bn) from €1.21bn in the same period in 2010.
Err... that's a picture of a Carerra, not a Cayenne.