Spicy Porsche Stories: Not So Fast, Herr Winterkorn…

Cammy Corrigan
by Cammy Corrigan
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spicy porsche stories not so fast herr winterkorn

Approximately two weeks ago, I reported how Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, confirmed that Porsche was going to bring us a new, smaller SUV. A sort of younger brother to the Cayenne called the “Cajun”. Well, it appears that the “Cajun” and few other things aren’t so clear cut. Either that or someone doesn’t value their career at Volkswagen. Or rather Porsche.

Autocar reports that Porsche’s new CEO, Matthias Mueller, has a somewhat different view of Porsche. According to him, plans for the Cajun, for a sub-Boxster roadster and a few other projects have been put on hold, pending a review. In fact, a review of ALL new models Porsche wants to bring out is about to start.

Is that an axe I hear swishing in Stuttgart? “We have to clarify how we are to spread out our product program – below, above, left and right – and so on and we’ll see,” said Herr Mueller. “There are a lot of questions still to be answered and we want to create a business case (for them)…Then it will be possible.” The review is hoping to make its decisions by the end of 2010. From the sound of Mueller’s statement, it also could take a few years more.

Herr Mueller also called into question Winterkorn’s plans to make Porsche sell 150,000 units annually. “Mr Winterkorn mentioned 150,000 units, two weeks ago, and I’ve seen that figure,” the Porsche CEO said. “Of course we have to increase volume, but we first have to look at the other issues; we have to have profit and we intend to keep ourselves premium.” I don’t wish to sound like Chicken Little, but could this be the start of dischord and a possible power struggle between Wolfsburg and Stuttgart? I certainly hope so. Ever since “ The Sopranos” finished, I’ve missed a family at a good old war.

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  • Werewolf34 Werewolf34 on Oct 13, 2010

    I assume the baby Porsche is based off the Q5 / Tiguan What is the german word for 'my wife wants a SUV but cannot park to save her life so I need a small SUV with no storage capacity'?

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 13, 2010

    You did a great job with your accounts of the last Porsche/Piech battle, but you chickened out on the novel I suggested that would have made you a celebrity rich enough to buy TTAC. The upcoming battle could have been the smash-hit sequel. It's still not too late - check out litigation insurance, or getting the publisher to assume liability - they probably have insurance anyway, since they're the bigger target. As Marty Robbins or somebody similar once said, Dare To Be Rich!

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