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Porsche's 911 could go hybrid

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Geneva – Porsche may offer an all-electric version of its Macan compact SUV and could turn models such as the iconic 911 into hybrids, its sales chief said on Tuesday, amid a push by parent company Volkswagen to move on from dieselgate.

Porsche, the second biggest contributor to VW's overall profit, is spending about 1 billion euros (R13.8bn) to produce the all-electric Mission E, the brand's first battery-only model that is expected to launch by 2020.

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Even the iconic 911 is not set to escape the VW Group's electrification plan.

"We have other ideas beyond the Mission E," sales chief Detlev von Platen told Reuters at the Geneva Motor Show. The top-selling Macan "is of course a model line that we can imagine" for electrification.

VW aims to launch more than 30 new all-electric vehicles by 2025 in a strategic shift following its diesel emissions test rigging scandal and has backed Porsche to produce another all-electric car.

Von Platen said he could well imagine that Porsche would introduce hybrid versions of its 911 and Boxster/Cayman sports cars, with a combination of petrol engines and electric motors.

Porsche already offers hybrid versions of the Panamera and Cayenne.

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