• Dec 8, 2010
Sometimes, the children just refuse to get along, leaving it up to the parent to swoop in, clean up the messy bits and make a judgment. Such is the case at the Volkswagen Group, where corporate stepchildren Audi and Porsche were both fighting for the right to develop future sports cars and luxury sedans for the German auto conglomerate's portfolio of brands.

In the end, Porsche won the heart of Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn. This means Porsche will develop the platforms that will underpin future high-performance machinery using front-mid and rear-mid-mounted drivetrains for itself, Audi and Lamborghini. Porsche will also be tasked with the next generation "modular standard matrix" platform for its Panamera sedan, which will also be shared with Bentley.

Audi won't be left out of the engineering process, though, and will take the lead in the development of the group's "modular longitudinal matrix," which makes up the guts of such vehicles as the Audi A4, A5 and Q5. Finally, Volkswagen will continue work on its volume platform, the "modular transverse matrix" that is used by such models as the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.

The goal of all these specific engineering assignments? Financial savings, of course. By consolidating multiple platforms into a few modular structures will cut the VW Group's procurement and production costs by 20 percent and engineering costs by 30 percent.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh my... VW = VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat...

      In other news, Porsche will not develop for Skoda. Translation: Porsche will develop for VW AG and sooner or later those bits and pieces will find the way into the Fabia.

      VW is souping up the merger and its own bland, sorry, brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as VW doesn't start styling Audi or Lambos because their stuff of late is quite bland
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Audi isn't bland?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't we all get along?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It makes perfect sense. Porsche is primarily a "Design House".
      • 4 Years Ago
      its depressing to me that basically any car made in Germany, England, or Italy essentially comes from the same group of engineers. and we all believe American car companies are the ones who commit badge engineering, when its really all car companies. There cannot be more than 10 unique and unaffiliated companies in the world today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche developing future Lamborghini platforms...Gross. I just threw up a little in my mouth. I highly respect Porsche's engineering abilities, but Germans designing Italian cars is just so wrong. Ugh...How is a Lambo exotic anymore when it will share platforms and engines with Porsches, Audis and possibly high end VWs?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's safe to say that lambo's and other exotics are more than the sum of their parts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the Gallardo starts under $200K. not $300K.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was under the impression the V-10 was a design that had begun development at Lamborghini way before Audi / VW bought them, as was the chassis, both of which Audi then took over, completed development and reappropriated for use in the R8 and S8.

        If what you say is true about the Lambo having essentially two Jetta engines joined at the crank then I'm already disgusted. I certainly can't argue with the results, but it's wrong to ask $300k for an exotic with tech from a $17k car.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Shiftright , all companies do that , the Aston Martin V12 , for example, is made out of two Ford Mondeo V6 engines welded together.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do know that Audi (who owns Lambo) is responsible for revamping the Lambo interiors? Not to mention that they had a hand in designing their V10s; which are incidentally also shared in the S6,S8, and R8 Audis?
      • 4 Years Ago
      YEA!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      porsche and VW anit the same??? XD ...afordable means GTR lesson? jajajaja
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awsome, I like sporty vw to begin with, Porsche influence never hurts, but does this mean that only audi, lambo, and Porsche will reap the rewards? Or will Porsche take design lead for all sporty vehicles... I would love to be able to afford an entry level Porsche one step lower then boxer assuming it gets enough Porsche DNA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche , Audi , Lambo , Bentley , Bugatti .
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess it is good to trust a team that has chassis dynamics down to an art, rather than a bunch of interior designers...........kidding, sort of.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol! itll be a bettel with a turbo! xD
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