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Jan 27 2010

‘Baby’ Porsche Boxster confirmed

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VW Group chairman Martin Winterkorn has given the first official confirmation that a new entry-level Porsche sports car is being evaluated writes Autocar.

Talking to Autocar in Wolfsburg as the new VW Polo received its the 2010 Car of the Year Award, Winterkorn said: “The Porsche model range is firmly based on the 911, Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman, and it will stay that way. We are also investigating opportunities for a smaller sports car and a smaller SUV – but I cannot say more at the moment.”

See the ‘Baby Boxster’ 356 artist’s rendering

VW ‘biggest car maker by 2018’ – Martin Winterkorn Q&A

New Porsche 911 spied

When asked how likely the new models were to make production, he responded: “Let’s just say we do not usually waste our effort…”

Dubbed by some insiders as the “new 356”, the mid-engined machine will not, however, be a bargain basement model, despite initial rumours to the contrary. Given the final green light, it would cost from about £33,000 in today’s money.

Instead, the 356 is expected to be based on a new steel and aluminium platform that’s being developed by Audi for its own R4 mid-engined sports car.

Work on the R4 is already well advanced, and it’s due to be launched in June 2011. However, Porsche’s version of the car, which won’t arrive before late 2012, is expected to be significantly different.

Aside from its unique styling inside and out, the 356 is also expected to be one of the first Porsches to be fitted with a forced-induction flat four engine that is currently under development. This unit will also help ensure the Porsche and Audi have sharply different characters, even though the two cars have the same basic architecture.

It’s also likely that the Porsche will share its transmission with the Audi because the longitudinal unit used in the 911 and Boxster is thought to be too costly.

It’s expected the engine will be good for about 250bhp. That’s virtually the same as today’s entry-level Boxster, although fuel economy would surely be better.

However, there’s little chance that the 356 and Boxster will clash because, according to one rumoured product plan, the next-generation Boxster and Cayman could be moved sharply upmarket.


Dec 11 2009

VW begins to map the future for the house of Porsche

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Until he was beheaded (figuratively) in a recent battle with über-VW-mogul Ferdinand Piëch, Porsche chairman Wende­lin Wiedeking was close to occupying the big chairs at both Porsche and Volkswagen, where one of his first goals was to make VW take a considerable amount of cost out of its future product – writes www.caranddriver.com.

But in the power struggle that ensued, it was Volkswagen that ended up owning Porsche, instead of vice versa, and Wiedeking was sent packing (with a colossal severance payoff). Now Piëch, the chairman of Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board, and VW chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn are calling the shots at Volkswagen and nine other brands under the VW umbrella, including Porsche. And what both leaders are looking for regarding Porsche’s future seems to be clear: Porsche has to sell more cars. A lot more cars.

Currently, Porsche is selling about 75,000 units per annum. Instead of the incremental addition of model variants as in previous years, the new VW bosses are demanding that several new Porsche models enter production in a short three-year span. Eventually, the new bosses are pushing for Porsche to sell 150,000 vehicles annually.

Here is Winterkorn’s take on Porsche’s product line: The slow, evolutionary steps of the 911 have been too small. The Cayenne, even in its second generation (due later this year), is still too heavy, thirsty, and not innovative enough. The Boxster and the Cayman don’t sell in great enough numbers, and the new Panamera is too big and heavy. Above all, the Panamera’s chassis is used only for a single model today, which is not as profitable as it could be.


Nov 29 2009

Porsche Boxster Spyder – New Details

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Porsche has released more information on its new range-topping Boxster, the Spyder, ahead of the car’s official unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show this week writes Autocar.

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The new details confirm that the car is a far cry from the marketing-spun money-maker some feared it would be, but rather a fully redesigned and re-engineered sub-£50k performance special.

See new official pictures of the Porsche Boxster Spyder

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The Boxster Spyder will indeed run the same 315bhp 3.4-litre engine as the Cayman S. It’s a significantly different motor to the 305bhp unit in a Boxster S, however: it revs all the way to 7500rpm, and features a different crankcase, different engine mounts, a different oil pump, different intake manifolds and a more sophisticated direct fuel injection system.

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Nov 27 2009

First Drive – Porsche 911 Sport Classic

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Porsche 911 Sport Classic

Test date 26 November 2009  Price as tested £137,529

Tested by Autocar.

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What is it?

A special-edition 911 limited to 250 examples.

it’s called “Sport” because it runs an uprated version of the 3.8-litre direct-injection Carrera S engine (with an additional 22bhp), and a standard sport chassis. It gets “Classic” because it incorporates styling cues taken from Porsche’s back catalogue – most relevant of all, the fixed position ducktail spoiler, not seen since the 2.7 RS.

Also making a comeback are Fuchs-style alloys and black surrounds for the headlights, a detail from the 1974 Turbo RSR.

Other distinguishing features are: the use of the wider body from the Carrera 4 without all-wheel drive, a double-bubble roof, and a mandatory Classic Grey colour.

What’s it like?

Surprisingly comfortable. If you’re expecting a stripped-out semi-GT car, then that is not what the Sport Classic is about. Instead the interior draws heavily on Porsche’s Exclusive department, so much of the cabin is finished in the Expresso Nature (dark brown) leather, including the air vents and door handles.

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Nov 18 2009

VW/Porsche merger ‘to begin’

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VW’s board is set to formally approve its merger with Porsche later this week writes Autocar.

Although the merger has long been anticipated, VW’s board will sign-off legal documents outlining the takeover. The documents are said to be thousands of pages long.

The owners of Porsche, which has been weakened by mounting debt, will then sign-off the documents, kick-starting the merger of the companies.

This will begin with VW buying a minority stake in the Porsche sports car business, and extend to be a full merger by 2011.


Nov 13 2009

VW-Porsche combine sits atop the automotive heap

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The automotive world is now being led by a beetle writes Huliq News. For the first time ever, German automaker Volkswagen-Porsche is the world’s largest automaker, dropping former No. 1 Toyota into second place by a hair.

VW New Beeetle

Through October, the German combine has produced 4.4 million vehicles, beating its Japanese rival by about 400,000 units.

A report in the British newspaper The Guardian attributes Volkswagen’s performance to government measures in China, Germany and the United Kingdom designed to stimulate the domestic auto industry in each country. China cut sales taxes and introduced subsidies to stimulate domestic demand, while Germany and the UK rolled out cash-for-clunkers programs akin to the popular US program that boosted sales not only for the Detroit Three but also for Toyota.

Two other factors also contributed to VW’s swiping the crown from Toyota. One was a sharp cutback in production at Toyota at the beginning of the year. The automaker cut production by half in January, and it has remained at that reduced level since. Japan’s leading automaker has the capacity to produce 10 million vehicles a year, but expects to produce only 7 million this year, down from 9.24 million last year. The other was VW’s forced acquisition of Porsche, which followed in the wake of Porsche’s unsuccessful attempt to buy VW earlier this year.

Volkswagen’s rise also pushed General Motors, the world’s largest automaker until Toyota passed it two years ago, down another notch, to third place globally. Both GM and Volkswagen have had some success in the Chinese market, where VW has spent several years introducing new models.

Written by Sandy Smith


Sep 22 2009

100th Anniversary of the birth of Ferry Porsche

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September 19 1909 – March 27 1998

For the Love of the Sports Car

The successful story of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, as the Company stands today, would be inconceivable without the lifetime achievement of Ferry Porsche. For it was under his guidance that the engineering office established by his father Ferdinand Porsche became an independent car manufacturer presenting the first sports car to bear the name Porsche in 1948 – Porsche Type 356.

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Aug 7 2009

PORSCHE BEING SWALLOWED BY VW – ONE OF THE LAST INDEPENDENT CARMAKERS DISAPPEARS

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — It’s a dramatic story even by the tumultuous standards of this watershed year in the auto industry writes The Canadian Press.

Porsche, an iconic brand and one of the last truly independent automakers, is about to be swallowed by Volkswagen.

The maker of the classic 911 sports car and other models beloved by Porsche loyalists will join VW’s stable of luxury brands Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini.

The move comes as Porsche introduces its first four-door sedan, the Panamera, which launches in Canada Oct. 17 with a price range of $115,000 to $155,000.

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