It was reported earlier this week that when Porsche fully becomes the 10th brand to join Volkswagen AG, it will be responsible for the lead development on sports cars and big luxury sedans for the group. The announcement was made by Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and disappointed most Audi executives and engineers who wanted to play the lead role for those segments. Well, it’s not all sad news for Audi because the brand is also on its way to steal some responsibilities from Porsche.
The four-ring brand will be responsible for development of the next Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7 and other future SUVs by the group. Currently, Porsche has the responsibility of engineering the three models.
An Audi spokesman confirmed that the brand will be developing large SUV model lines within Volkswagen. Audi will also develop Porsche’s compact SUV, known as the Cajun.
“This decision was made in agreement with all of the brands involved and will create synergies throughout the group to the benefit of both the brand and the customers,” the spokesman said.
2011 Porsche Cayenne:
– By: Omar Rana