New Porsche models, thought to include new roadster and small SUV, have been put on hold

Porsche’s future model plans — thought to include a sub-Boxster sized roadster and the small ‘Cajun’ SUV — have been put on hold, according to new chairman Matthias Mueller.

Speaking to Autocar, Mueller said that a review of new models, not affecting revisions of existing line-ups like the 911 or Panamera, was about to start.

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“We have to clarify how we are to spread out our product programme — below, above, left and right and so on — and we will see,” he said.

Decisions are due to be made by the end of the year, but Mueller said that despite some scepticism, the idea of smaller Porsches is still alive. “There are a lot of questions still to be answered and we want to create a business case [for them],” he said. “Then it will be possible."

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Mueller also cast doubt over VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn’s assertion that Porsche should seek to sell 150,000 cars a year — almost double its current output. “Mr Winterkorn mentioned 150,000 units two weeks ago and I’ve seen that figure,” he 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.”

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12 October 2010

A sub-Boxster and a sub-Cayenne could make a lot of sense as replacements for those models and not simple additions to the line up.

12 October 2010

[quote Autocar]Porsche’s future model plans — thought to include a sub-Boxster sized roadster and the small ‘Cajun’ SUV — have been put on hold[/quote]

So anything that might actually look like a new Porsche then.

12 October 2010

[quote Autocar]Porsche’s future model plans — thought to include a sub-Boxster sized roadster and the small ‘Cajun’ SUV — have been put on hold, according to new chairman Matthias Mueller.
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Maybe VW have run out of money

12 October 2010

This news will obviously lead to speculation that now as an intergral part of VW, Porsche will now have to whistle for all its investment plans and money.

12 October 2010

So the take over of Porsche by VW was a good move for Porsche then. NOT.

Shortly, other than a 911, it will just be another arm building on the same platforms as the rest of the VW group, so expect a "sporty golf" an estate similar to the Skoda Superb, and a small 4 X 4 like the Tiguan...

Bad day for those that love the Porsche brand - whilst I am not a major fan, I feel sad that they will now be starved of the investment needed to develop.

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12 October 2010

[quote Autocar]Porsche’s future model plans — thought to include a sub-Boxster roadster and small ‘Cajun’ SUV — have been put on hold, according to new chairman Matthias Mueller.
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So what is Mueller implying?

1. He's establishing his authority; nothing happens unless he approves of it and it's at his pace?

2. Porsche are so inept the previous administration rushed plans through without any clear business criteria?

3. He is VW's placeman and they call the tune?

What was the point announcing a small SUV and Boxster -to counter publicity issuing from competitor's small roadsters, and LR's Evoque and Medrad's short wheelbase Cayenne?

A risky business, raising customer expectations then dashing them days later.

12 October 2010

Music for Jaguar's ears with their new XE on the horizon.

There was a rumour when the original Boxster was being developed. As Jaguar was talking about the F-Type being launched at the same time. Porsche thought it such a threat that it wouldnt even bother with the Boxster as it would suffer at the hands of the F-Type.

12 October 2010

This is just pants! I was hoping the new baby was going to be my 5th Porsche in a row, (I prefer smaller cars), It seems I may have bought my last as the next Boxster is going plus size. And Lotus, (my other automotive weakness), are busily abandoning their clientele / market too.

You could bring me some good news by claiming that the next MX5 range will include something with around 200bhp / ton. Even if it is yet more fanciful reporting...

PaulJ

12 October 2010

This is very disappointing. I saw a Panamera in the metal the other day, and it just looked awful, far worse than in all the pictures I'd seen. But, I thought, at least the revenue from abominations like this, and the Cayenne allow the company to develop proper sports models......

12 October 2010

porsche tried to take over vw, lost 100's of millions, and is now slave to the vw empire. the board only has themselves to blame, if the're still there.

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