• Jun 2, 2008
It looks like Porsche's aggressive advances at Volkswagen are less than welcome by Volkswagen's management. Its CEO, Martin Winterkorn, has warned Porsche to keep its mitts out of operations, saying that he will resign his position if there's interference. Winterkorn isn't alone in his agitation, as Der Spigel reports Audi managers are concerned that Porsche will go a-meddling in Ingolstadt once its stake increases above 50 percent. Though VW, Audi, and Porsche are all cousins of a sort, Audi's product line comes uncomfortably close to Porsches in some cases, which doesn't portend well for the continuation of the status quo. Stay tuned as "Alle Meine Kinder," brought to you by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, continues.
[Source: Forbes, Photo by MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche has reliabilty record as good as solid gold. And VW/Audi just fall apart in 3 days. Instead of VW trying to act like a little girl, they should just let Porsche exec streamline their processes and one day I will consider buying VW.
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        • 6 Years Ago
        most of you guys have it all wrong, lower saxony and the german economy has a vested interest in VW, what VW management is worried about is Porsche coming in taking over, rearranging products so there's no overlap and cutting jobs (which is why Germany has passed another VW law) Lower saxony as well as the Gvnmnt want to keep jobs even if it means spitting out more cars that do, indeed, overlap w/ Porsche.

        What it comes down to is the folks at VW are pissed that Porsche keeps saying no to them wanting to build attainable "Halo" cars for the masses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe that's exactly what Porsche wants, for Winterkorn to leave. Plus the claims of Porsche being most profitable and "more reliable" relative to VW are based on volume. That's like saying the "mom & pop" store pulls in more money per investment than Wal*mart does... what does that mean???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well honestly, what did VW/Audi senior management expect? Having the impression that Porsche will leave everything 'as is' is crazy. There's always room for improvement, and Porsche is going to make sure that their investment works.

      Come off the high horse already
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Porsche,

      Please, PLEASE interfere.

      Love,
      VW Dealers of America
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good, resign then.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't Porsche the most profitable major automaker in the world? I'd welcome some meddling if I were VAG...especially since Porsche quality and customer satisfaction rankings are generally well above any of the VAG brands.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whilst Porsche does have some pretty good management, their massive profits of late have not been entirely due to their car building activities but rather the huge amount of exchange rate hedges that they engage in (someone once described Porsche as a hedge fund with a carbuilding department)...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get your stinking paws off my Lambos, Porsche...


      Stick to your mongoloid toads. The rest of us who appreciate good looking cars are happy the way things currently are.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What about Winkelmann and Lambo?
      • 6 Years Ago
      A business exists to make profits, not to create jobs. Creating and maintaining jobs are a consequence.

      VW, because of government involvement, not profit oriented enough. They care about creating jobs more than making profits. Porsche will want to change that, as it is her right. Porsche will try to cut costs, and make VW more efficient. It is how they became the most profitable company.

      Either they will change the VW law or Porsche will soon get tired of this socialist set up and give up, and WV will crumble.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The EU should step in and force Porsche AG to divest its shares of Audi in order to maintain fair competition and allow more choice for us car-buying enthusiasts. Already, the evil Porsche AG empire has nixed the promising Audi R6, a 6-cylinder version of the mid-engine Audi R8, because it would have been faster than a Porsche Cayman S but price lower than a base Porsche Cayman non-S. Now, that's exactly the type of car I want to buy. I just hate Porsche for 1. deliberately crippling the Cayman S and 2. not allowing Audi to make an even better Cayman S.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since when did quitting constitute a valid threat? This is like a petulent 3rd grader refusing to play if he couldn't get his way.
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