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Car News Shifting Gears: Eight month waiting period for Porsche Macan SUVs in Germany

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It hasn't hit Canadian showrooms yet but the Porsche Macan – the German auto maker's new compact SUV – has already proven wildly popular in Europe.

The vehicle is almost sold out in some European countries, Bloomberg News has reported, and the wait time in Germany is up to eight months. As a result, Porsche is pondering whether to boost annual production of its new hot ticket beyond the 50,000 being planned.

The Macan – with a starting price of $54,300 – doesn't go on sale until late spring in Canada, and a Porsche Cars Canada spokesman wouldn't comment on the demand here other than to say "there has been a lot of interest in the vehicle."

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Dodge's limited edition '14 Mopar Challenger muscle car – only 100 were produced – sold out in less than 24 hours after being made available to dealers.

Last month's Vancouver International Auto Show had 84,506 people go through its turnstiles over six days, a 5-per-cent increase over the previous year.

Subaru released a tightly cropped teaser photo of its 2015 Outback wagon, which will make its world debut next week at the New York International Auto Show.

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Janette Fennell, founder of safety organization Kidsandcars.org, says the decision to make backup cameras mandatory in all vehicles in the United States by 2018 is as significant as standardizing seatbelts and airbags.

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