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2010 Porsche Panamera - Click above for a high-res image gallery

With the addition of Porsche, the Volkswagen Group now has ten brands in its stable. Over the last decade, VW has become pretty adept at sharing platforms and hardware. Porsche and the rest of the group already share an SUV platform between the Cayenne, Touareg and Q7, and the factory-fresh Panamera four-door could be next. VW executives have already indicated that the Panamera is unlikely to live past the first-generation model as a Porsche. That said, like the previous generation Audi A4 that lives on as the Seat Exeo, the Panamera could see new life in the Bentley, Audi, Bugatti or (however unlikely) Lamborghini ranges.

If Bugatti is to survive beyond the Veyron, it needs new product and a sedan based on the Panamera would likely make more sense than the Porsche. Bentley reportedly favors an aluminum Audi platform to replace the steel Phaeton underpinnings of the Continental range, so the winged B may be out of the picture. An Audi is also unlikely for the same reason, since the two-ton Panamera is made of steel. With so many possibilies, it'll be interesting to see how Porsche evolves over the next decade.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A7 platform. i called it
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ten brands? And I thought GM was bad before.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay wtf. Rank me down, but what are the other brands?? I'm too lazy to look because I'm on my phone.

        I count:

        VW, Audi, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Lambo, Bentley and Bugatti. What am I missing??
        • 5 Years Ago
        Volkswagen AG brands

        Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge

        not controlled by VW but partly owned
        MAN(truck) 29.9% vote rights

        it is widely unknown that Volkswagen is with Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge, Scania and MAN together the 5th largest truck producer in the over 16to class worldwide and 3. or 4. in the over 7.5to class
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche Panamera = wealthy man's elongated egg shaped car

      Honda Crosseye Turkey = average man's elongated egg shaped car

      I don't like either of them
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok I know I just may be rated down to like -5 stars here but if they are thinking of "Platform sharing". Why not pilfer a Boxer platform and make the Bluesport or.... a true rear engined Bettle? -:shrugs:-
      • 5 Years Ago
      Panamera and CrossTour. Throw them back :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      why not use this for the Audi A7 sportback and continue to use the aluminum platform for the A8. I'm pretty sure the MLP is being used for the A6 and is already in development.

      though i'm wondering if some of the technology used in the Panamera- the differential, the gearbox- could be used in the aluminum platform and then they could just kill this one off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good plan. Let's spread the ugly around to keep people distracted.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW is a master at platform sharing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Get on with producing a Panamera Wagon already.
      Can't imagine a nicer ride (that is NOT a SUV) to take the family to my daughter's hockey games ;-))
      • 5 Years Ago
      The platform, drivetrain, and the overall principle of the car are fine. They just need to change the sheet metal and it could be a genuine hit throughout all of the Volkswagen Group.

      Bugatti does need another car in its lineup to increase cash flow more in their favor. The Veyron is great, but they need a bread and butter car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not saying it looks good (required qualifier), but the old Bugatti EB-112 concept (dating back to the heady Artioli-owned Bugatti) is surprisingly similar to this in silhouette &, even, some detailing... Jus' sayin'

        • 5 Years Ago
        Since the initial concern is weight; can the Panamera platform be made using aluminum?

        Aren't modern aluminum platforms ridiculously stong? It would be nice for VW's ultra-luxury brands to use much lighter platforms.
        • 5 Years Ago
        After seeing the Honda CrossTour this car isn't that bad looking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i want a bugatti with 911 DNA which is cheaper comparitively to the veyron

        • 5 Years Ago
        A Phaeton CC would be doable, methinks...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully VW replaces the steel by Aluminum if possible.

      I could see this forming a base for a new Phateon, maybe even a Lamborghini Grand Tourer to compete with the Ferrari 612, BMW M6, Aston DB9, etc. with Estoque styling cues
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is probably the end of Porsche, i mean once u get into platform sharing you lose you exclusivity. its only a matter of time before the 911 platform get homogenized into VW's line up and loses its appeal.
      the only positive aspect to this is the fact that if VW didnt swallow porsche they wouldnt have lasted long in this economy. Still a sad day for hardcore porsche fans
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