Porsche’s majority control over Volkswagen, Audi’s daddy, is really starting to piss us off. First of all, Porsche is going to use Volkswagen to get out of paying strict U.S. fuel-economy fines, and now they are going to hold Audi from expanding their lineup.
According to Automotive News, Audi will not be building the baby version of the R8 supercar that may challenge the Porsche’s Boxster. Over the past year, Audi sources have told the media that they are planning a smaller version of the R8 that could be called the R4.
Latest reports say that an Audi spokesman said that the automaker has no plans to build an R4 and that it was never in their product planning. In February 2007, Audi sources told Automotive News Europe that the R4 will go into production in 2010 with a sales target of 30,000 units a year.
German media has recently been reporting that top executives at Porsche are worried about Audi producing cars that may threaten Porsche sales.
Porsche is expected to take majority control of Volkswagen Group within the next three months.
Photo Rendering: 2011 Audi R4:
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