A fundamental objective in the development of any Porsche is intelligent lightweight construction. For both economical and ecological reasons. This forms the basis for low fuel consumption values in conjunction with outstanding performance. It is economical thanks to the high proportion of aluminium cast alloys, plastics and super high strength sheet steel used. This is substantially more stable and lighter than conventional steel. The Panamera models have a bodyshell with a lightweight-metal content of around 23%. For example, the bonnet, doors, front wings and rear lid are made of aluminium, which saves on weight and has a positive effect on the environmental balance: according to eco balance sheets, the extra energy used and the higher emissions incurred in the manufacturing of aluminium are more than compensated by the savings on fuel after only a relatively short distance.
It is also responsible because all materials used are meticulously selected. We use only innovative and environmentally friendly components. All lightweight materials are easily recyclable and each material is labelled to facilitate its separation for recycling. The reduction in the number of plastic variants helps to ensure more efficient recycling. Recycled plastics are used where they meet our exacting technical requirements. In all, the Panamera is approximately 95% recyclable.
In addition, Porsche uses only environmentally friendly water-based paints, thus reducing the need for solvents both in production and in the workshop. The Panamera is, of course, absolutely free of asbestos, CFCs and components manufactured using CFCs because, here at Porsche, environmental protection does not begin at the end of a vehicle’s life. It starts at the planning and development stage.