Porsche has won an internal battle with Audi in the Volkswagen Group to take the lead in developing both sports cars and large luxury saloons for the Group.
Group boss Martin Winterkorn confirmed Porsche’s role within VW after the German sports car firm had feared it would be sidelined within the multi-brand automotive giant.
Porsche resisted plans for a VW-developed platform for its core 911 range and will instead developed the next-generation platform for front-mid- and rear-mid-engined cars from Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini, as well as a “modular standard matrix” to underpin Porsche and Bentley saloons.
Winterkorn’s announcement follows Porsche confirming plans last week to expand its Weissach design and engineering facility and recruit 100 new engineers.
It also confirms comments new Porsche boss Matthias Müller made to Autocar last week about his desire to share platforms and knowledge with Bentley.