• Jun 25, 2009
2009 Porsche Boxster S with PDK - Click above for high-res gallery

Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing Klaus Berning says Porsche is not currently planning a fifth model line at this time. This news shouldn't come as much of a surprise given that the German automaker has its hands full launching its first-ever four-door sedan in the midst of the worst worldwide recession in recent memory.

Still, the possibility remains in the future that Porsche could take another look at the sportscar market below the current Boxter and Cayman or even consider dropping a four-cylinder engine option in its standard-bearing 911. After all, Porsche will need to deal with the same increasingly strict pressures to improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance as any other automaker.

Further, Berning would like to set the record straight when it comes to Porshce's finances and its oft-talked-about merger with Volkswagen:
In the car business we are one of the very few car makers the world over still writing black figures today... Our operative return on turnover is in the double digit percentage range - a level of profitablity other manufacturers can only dream of. Our brand alone is a precious jewel... believe me, this small manufacturer of exclusive sporting cars is strong - very strong. I promise you that in a symbiosis with the Volkswagen Group Porsche will retain the independence and freedom we need to continue our success in business.
Well now, that sounds definitive, wouldn't you say?



[Source: CarsGuide.com.au]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche's problems were borrowing billions to buy (and fail) to buy VW and then the R&D and production costs of the flop Panamera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm confutzed. Don't Porsche already *have* five lines?

      1) Boxster
      2) Cayman
      3) 911
      4) Panamera
      5) Cayenne
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cayman and Boxster are basically the same thing , like 911 and 911 cabrio.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche 912 please
      • 5 Years Ago
      911
      Cayman
      Boxster
      Cayenne
      Panamera

      don't they already have 5?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Typical German blow-hard rhetoric. "Ve are in ze black! I know you zaw reeports of us loozink billionce, but VE ARE IN ZE BLACK!!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, in the end, in order to survive, Porsche will become another brand in the Volkswagen group, just like Audi, independent but not really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are only four lines. The Panamera is merely a figment of Autoblog's imagination. Porsche couldn't really make a four door sedan hatchback with a rear end that hideous, right?