Porsche says it has set a new sales record for the first half of the year, with 130 598 vehicles delivered globally in the first six months of 2018. This total beats 2017's first-half record by around three percent.

The Stuttgart-based brand says its Panamera enjoyed the strongest growth, with around 20 500 units delivered (almost double the figure from the same period of the previous year). The 911 likewise saw double-digit growth in the first half of the year, with an increase of 28 percent to about 21 400 units.

The brand's crossovers were again the heavy lifters, with the Macan totalling 46 600 units and the Cayenne adding 28 700 deliveries.

In its home market of Germany, Porsche saw an increase of eleven percent in the first half of 2018, while China remained its strongest individual market with 33 363 vehicles delivered, despite a seven percent fall, ahead of the United States on 29 421 units (up seven percent).

The Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East region accounted for 48 008 units, down some four percent year-on-year. And in South Africa specifically? Well, according to figures from Naamsa, Porsche SA sold a total of 631 units in the first half of 2018, which translates to an average of 105 units a month (with a best showing of 141 in March 2018).