Porsche inspects 2,500 Macan models for possible brake problems

FRANKFURT Wed May 28, 2014 12:39pm EDT

Workers place a body of a Porsche Macan at the new plant in the eastern German city of Leipzig February 11, 2014.   REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Workers place a body of a Porsche Macan at the new plant in the eastern German city of Leipzig February 11, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Porsche is inspecting 2,500 of its new Macan off-road vehicles to check for faulty brakes after quality tests revealed that some brake booster units may have been damaged during the assembly process, the carmaker said on Wednesday.

Though Porsche pointed out that vehicles with the damaged units still comply with legal requirements, the problem represents another production glitch by the Stuttgart-based automaker as it seeks to ramp up sales under new owner Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE).

Porsche said in March that it will replace the engines in its 911 GT3 models and told owners to stop driving the sports cars because they could catch fire.

In February Porsche said it expects to lift sales to more than 200,000 vehicles in 2015, from 162,000 last year, thanks to brisk demand for its sports utility vehicles.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor and Ilona Wissenbach; Editing by David Goodman)

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