German manufacturer buys up more shares of the firm tasked with helping to develop second-generation Panamera
3 July 2014

Porsche has increased its shareholding in German engineering and design consultant Bertrandt, the company commissioned to oversee development of various elements of the the second-generation Panamera.

The increase takes Porsche’s stake in Bertrandt to almost 29 per cent, in a move aimed at bolstering its own engineering and design operations, which are described as being at near capacity as the German car maker progresses development of future models and drivelines.

Based in Ehningen, Bertrandt is headquartered close to Porsche’s own Weissach-based R&D centre on the outskirts of Stuttgart.

The next Panamera, which is due to launch in 2017, will sit on a high-tech MSB platform and will come with new V6 and V8 engines.

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3 July 2014
Perhaps Porsche would be better advised to take a small stake in a company that does styling. Panamera? Styling - nil points. Macan? Surely they never intended to style the car to look like a hippopotamus?

3 July 2014
It harbours refugees from Volkswagen's first-generation Beetle era. Everything can only look like a 911 which itself looks like a Beetle. My 15-month old is more creative but creativity does not sell these vehicles.

4 July 2014
Porsche subcontracts out engineering development? That's like hearing that Mercedes Benz or Rolls Royce contract out quality control, or Ferrari contracting out engine manufacturing or racing.

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