Now just about two years into delivering the electric car, it looks like Porsche is already on track to achieve that.
Porsche announced today that it delivered just shy of 20,000 Taycans during the first half of the year:
“The all-electric Taycan celebrates a special success: with 19,822 vehicle deliveries, it is just under the level of 2020 as a whole at the end of the half-year. By this, the latest member of the model range is on a par with the sports car icon, the 911, with deliveries of 20,611 and an increase of 22 percent.”
The electric vehicle is quickly becoming the most important non-SUV vehicle in its lineup in terms of sales.
In comparison, the Panamera, which is the closest vehicle to the Taycan in terms of size and price, only saw 13,633 deliveries during the same period.
The only vehicles in Porsche’s lineup outpacing the Taycan are SUVs. Porsche already delivered 44,050 Cayenne SUVs this year and 43,618 Macan SUVs.
Sir David Jason has discovered he has a 52-year-old daughter and grandchild he knew nothing about.
The Only Fools And Horses actor has spoken of his joy at discovering he is a father to actress Abi Harris and grandfather to Charlie, 10, saying he has welcomed them into his family and is making up for lost time.
Sir David, now 83, thought he had become a father for the first time at the age of 61 in 2001. At that time, his then partner and now wife, Lady Gill Hinchcliffe, gave birth to their daughter, Sophie Mae.
However, unbeknownst to him, he was also father to Abi, who was born in 1970 following a brief relationship between Sir David and her actress mum Jennifer Hill, who appeared in the James Bond film Octopussy.
The pair have been brought together after Abi started to suspect the TV star might be her real father and wrote to him to explain.
Sr David told The Mirror: “To say it was a surprise to find out I had a daughter from years ago is an understatement.
“However, on settling with the news, I am delighted that I am now able to get to know Abi and so we meet up when we can.
“My wife, Gill, and daughter, Sophie, have been very supportive and understanding and have embraced Abi and welcomed her and her young son into her now wider family.”
It started with a letter
Sir David and Jennifer’s relationship began at the start of 1970, when they were both starring in the Dylan Thomas play Under Milk Wood in London. Abi was born in October that year.
She and Sir David, who is also known for TV shows including The Darling Buds Of May and A Touch Of Frost, have crossed paths several times since but he had no idea they were related.
Abi’s mother Jennifer was married to Shakespearean stage actor Geoffrey Davion, who also appeared in Miss Marple and The Stars Look Down, and she believed he was her biological father until his death in 1996.
‘I am starting to piece together my identity’
In 2008, Sir David and Jennifer were reunited for a reprisal of Under Milk Wood, in which Abi also starred.
After conversations with her mum in the years that followed, and comments about similarities in their looks, Abi started to suspect the truth about her heritage and eventually wrote to the star, who agreed to take a paternity test.
“In discovering my father’s identity, I am starting to piece together my own,” she told the Mirror.
“Of course, I am tickled pink and incredibly proud but, frequently, completely overwhelmed with sorrow for the years we have lost.
“After a measured start, now I hope we can consciously make time to see each other more often, so that I can master the art of being the best big sister and build a meaningful father-daughter relationship in its truest sense.”
The man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 skiing accident has said he heard a “blood-curdling scream” moments before the actress collided with him.
Taking the stand for the first time, retired optometrist Terry Sanderson described the moment of impact at Deer Valley Resort, Utah.
The 76-year-old said: “It takes my breath away – this is hard, I don’t like going through this scene.
“I just remember everything was great and then I heard something I’ve never heard at a ski resort – a blood-curdling scream and then – boom – and it was like somebody was out of control, hit a tree and was going to die, and that’s what I heard until I was hit.”
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Paltrow accuser heard ‘blood-curdling scream’
He claimed before the incident he had been “making nice soft turns” with “lots of room”.
Mr Sanderson said he had “never” been in a skiing accident before.
He said he didn’t remember speaking to Ms Paltrow immediately after the crash and claimed that he didn’t think “it was cool to collide with a celebrity” despite having written to his daughters hours after the crash, “I’m famous”, claiming his “head was scrambled” at the time.
Mr Sanderson is seeking damages of a minimum of $300,000 (£244,000). Paltrow has denied she caused the accident and is counter-suing for $1.
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‘I am living an entirely different life’
Deer Valley ski instructor, Eric Christiansen, who had been on the run at the time of the crash, also took to the stand.
He was shown a reconstructive animation of the crash by Paltrow’s lawyer which featured multiple people on the slope.
Sky’s arts and entertainment correspondent Katie Spencer, at the High Court, said: “Absolutely nobody was expecting this because really there is no need for Prince Harry to be appearing in court this week.
“I tried to put a question to him about why he was here today and he ignored me pretty much and just said ‘good morning’.
“The first signs we got that he may be turning up were barriers went up outside and a couple of police vans turned up.”
She added: “The prince has spoken about the fact that he wants to make this his life’s work – that there are people who should be held accountable for violating his and his family’s privacy.
“He’s here today, he wants the world to know he is very serious about this, and he wants this to go to trial.”
Who is involved in the court case?
Harry is bringing the action along with others including actresses Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, pop star Sir Elton John and his husband, filmmaker David Furnish, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE.
Sir Elton and Frost were also in court for Monday’s proceedings – the start of a four-day hearing.
They allege they have been victims of “abhorrent criminal activity” and “gross breaches of privacy” by Associated Newspapers Limited – and announced in October they were bringing claims for misuse of private information against ANL, also the publisher of The Mail On Sunday and MailOnline.
It is alleged the unlawful acts included hiring private investigators to secretly place listening devices inside cars and homes, the recording of private phone conversations, accessing bank accounts through illicit means and paying police officials for inside information.
David Sherborne, representing Harry and the other high-profile individuals, said in written submissions to the High Court the allegations included “illegally intercepting voicemail messages, listening into live landline calls, obtaining private information such as itemised phone bills or medical records by deception or ‘blagging’, using private investigators to commit these unlawful information gathering acts on their behalf and even commissioning the breaking and entry into private property”.
“They range through a period from 1993 to 2011, even continuing beyond until 2018,” the barrister added.
Some details of singer-songwriter Sir Elton and his husband’s case against ANL were also revealed. The court heard they found the unexplained disclosure of their private information in the press “frightening” and as a result have someone watching cameras in their home every night.
Prince Harry v Associated Newspapers: What is alleged?
Prince Harry is among a group of claimants including Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, accusing the publisher of breaches of privacy including phone-tapping and bugging people’s homes.
• The hiring of private investigators to secretly place listening devices inside people’s cars and homes
• The commissioning of individuals to surreptitiously listen into and record people’s live, private telephone calls while they were taking place
• The payment of police officials, with corrupt links to private investigators, for inside, sensitive information
• The impersonation of individuals to obtain medical information from private hospitals, clinics, and treatment centres by deception
• The accessing of bank accounts, credit histories and financial transactions through illicit means and manipulation
Lawyers representing ANL told the hearing, before Mr Justice Nicklin, the privacy claims are “stale” and should be dismissed without trial.
Adrian Beltrami KC, in written submissions, argued that the legal actions have been brought too late.
Quoting from Harry’s letter of claim, he continued: “Indeed, the Duke was aware throughout this period of the intense interest in his life shown by the media and by Associated, of ‘strange things happening around his phone communications’, of ‘unexplained disclosures of private information’ in Associated’s publications and of journalists from Associated ‘regularly turning up at different locations which you would never expect them to, including South Africa… despite the extreme lengths my security team and I went to in order to protect my security and privacy’.”
ANL has previously described the accusations as “preposterous smears” and a “pre-planned and orchestrated attempt to drag the Mail titles into the phone-hacking scandal”.
A spokesperson for the publisher has also said the allegations are “unsubstantiated and highly defamatory claims, based on no credible evidence”.
Who else is Prince Harry taking to court?
It is the latest of several cases brought against the tabloid press by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the last few years, and this is just one of several cases Prince Harry is involved in.