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Porsche Prototype Catches Fire Due to Testing Equipment

June 27 (Bloomberg) -- A Porsche AG vehicle prototype that was undergoing testing caught fire while parked in an employee’s garage this week.

The fire, which occurred late on June 25 in Ludwigsburg, Germany, caused well less than 1 million euros ($1.3 million) in damages, Achim Schneider, a spokesman for the Volkswagen AG unit, said today by phone.

Measuring equipment on board the vehicle was the source of the fire, and there was no connection between the flames and the car’s powertrain technology, he said.

Porsche declined to identify the car beyond saying that it was a vehicle that wasn’t yet on sale. The maker of the 911 is slated to start deliveries of the 918 Spyder, a limited-run hybrid supercar, later this year. The new Panamera four-door coupe goes on sale in July and includes a plug-in hybrid version. The company is also working on a sports-car line above the 911.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net

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