Volkswagen design boss hopes to add to Porsche styling, Cajun SUV will be 2-doors

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Volkswagen AG’s design director Walter de’ Silva says that he hopes to add “something positive” to the design of Porsche’s new models, as the sports car maker is set to become the 10th brand to join the group’s lineup.

de’ Silva said that he just started working with Porsche design director Michael Mauer and added that their relationship is off to a good start.

“I really hope to be able to add something positive to Porsche’s new models, which will remain coherent with the great tradition of Porsche,” de’ Silva said. de’ Silva said the designs of the next Porsche Boxster and 911 are already done, so “the Cajun will be the first new Porsche created under my influence.”

The Porsche Cajun will be a smaller SUV in the brand’s lineup and will be based on the Audi Q5 platform. It is also reported that the Cajun will feature two-doors like the Range Rover Evoque so it doesn’t steal sales from the Q5 or the Cayenne. The Cajun will hit dealerships in 2014 as Porsche aims to double unit sales to 150,000 annually. Porsche is also said to be working on a baby Boxster, which will be based on de’ Silva’s Volkswagen BlueSport Concept.

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– By: Omar Rana

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