• Dec 29, 2010
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It's good to know that even as the year winds down, the rumormill is still cranking along at full capacity. Auto Bild is suggesting that Volkswagen may be looking to share a production facility between models like the Golf, Boxster and Cayman. According to one insider, the company's factory in Osnabrück is being geared up to take overflow production of the two sports cars should the need arise. That would mean that the Osnabrück plant would only start minting Caymans and Boxsters once the production at Porsche's Zuffenhausen facility has maxed out.

The news comes courtesy of Ludger Teeken, CEO of the Osnabrück plant. Teeken says that steps have already been made to prepare the plant to be able to produce Porsche models should the need arise. Meanwhile, Golf production is set to kick off at the plant in early 2011.




[Source: Auto Bild]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      as already mentioned vw/porsche have worked closely for years.. porsche buyers wont worry about sharing facilities and, to certain extents, parts. the big worry for me was more of what happened with the 924 ie vw engines finding there way into porsche products. but vag have acknowledged that porsches engines are integral to the brand so fingers crossed they will keep their promise.. at least on the sports car side of things.

      would be very disappointed to see even entry level porsche sports cars using vw engines.. acid test for that will be bluesport based 'baby-boxter'. for me it needs a flat four to wear the porsche badge.. would be gutted to see it with a golf engine, or, god forbid.. a diesel engine!

        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you ever check what engines Porsche puts inside Panamera and Cayenne? Which arent true Porsches imo.

        Btw the old Karmann plant ist the place where Mercedes CLK conv and Chrysler Crossfire conv were built on the same asm line...
      • 4 Years Ago
      hellooo....
      it's very good..
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is nothing new here, the 914,916,924,944 and the 968 were all built along side Volkswagons. I own 1983 944 8 which I nut & bolt restored about 10 years ago and a large part of it has VW bits in it and non the worse for it. The build quality was brilliant and far better, I hate say as a Englishman, than the Triumph GT6 I own and restored.

      A German will be able to answer this properly but for a while, not so long ago, Porsche owned VW and visa versa its something to do with their Countries Company Rules?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks 'Stugots'
        • 4 Years Ago
        Basically the state law of Lower Saxony (where VW's world HQ is) says, that the majority owner of the shares can't use their right to veto, but the state itself. Or something like that. VW is kinda state owned, at least partly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd look good in a Cayman. Chicks dig guys who drive Porsches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's nothing new for them to collaborate, but when you talk about the 914 or the 924, those were cars that were developed as part of R&D outsourced to Porsche as a contractor. The reason they had so many VW parts is because they were supposed to be VWs originally. Any new collaboration will be MANDATORY, and not necessarily to Porsche's benefit. Note that more recent entry-level sports cars were developed in house, i.e. Boxster, Cayman.

      Collaboration on the Cayenne and the Cajun is fine though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Much obliged!

        Yes, I have a great deal of appreciation for the model line that came out of that deal. The 924 a bit less, perhaps, but the 944 is excellent. The best handling car of the 80s, I've heard it called!

        I think what set it apart was the in-house development of the engine...the 924 can't compare in that department unless you're talking about the Carrera GTS. As for me, I'm a 911 guy! I've got an '83 SC and there's a '67 912 and an '84 M491 Carrera in the family. I hope the VW - Porsche collaboration never reaches the 911.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 924 will always have that mill stone ' its got a VW Van Engine' around its neck, which is sad because in Turbo form it was quicker than the earlier 944 8V's. I have a mate with a road version of the Porsche 924 GTS and that is a very good car. Over here a good used 968 sells for more than a early Boxster due to the reputation of there handling. In the 10 years I have owned the 944 I have never got into trouble with the handling, it really does corner on rails.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does this mean Porsche quality Golfs or Golf quality Porsches?
        Julie
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love the car - Http://www.porscheguide.info - but not the color.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay, somebody jacked these photographs from seriouswheels.com. I know because I use one of these exact photos as my wallpaper.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know which one is going to be easier to do...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Youre rather wrong aware. At some point in time a new engine may come first to audi, but at some later point in time, they are available on both for sale, at the same time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cornel001.. as far as im aware vag engines invariably begin their lives exclusively in vw/audi products, and get passed on to seat/skoda in order to extend their life cycle and save on developement costs. so in answer to your question.. neither! vag build engines for audi/vw, and these engines get passed down to skoda/seat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "one of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same..."
      • 4 Years Ago
      you can find VW parts in ferraris and the bugatti veyron, nothing is handbuilt anymore, it's just that porcheophiles are so cauight up in the eventual collectibility of their rigs and this snooty attitude of my porsche is better than your porsche. personally, i think porsches are the most overpriced, overrated cars on the market and they're butt ugly and ridiculously expensive for a 6 cylinder car. i would put them in the same situation as saabs, too much from too little and overengineered to the tits. i could buy a C6 AND a 4X4 pickup AND a Harley And a quad And a boat and a nice shotgun for what a 911 costs and have money left over. and around these parts that old vette is still a panty dropper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone recall the source of the electric engine use in a environmental/fuel economy special featuring a Porxche 911 a couple of years ago?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only special edition Boxsters and Caymans tend to be built in Stuggart, the rest of them are still built in Uusikaupunki up until 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the porsche 924 was built at the audi plant so this is nothing strange for porsche
      • 4 Years Ago
      hey tom,...why such the nasty "tude" rowards porsche?,...can't you just accept the fact that different people like diff. cars,...actually,...untill you get behind the wheel of one of stuttgarts finest,...and actually feel the grunt of "that little 6 cylinder" engine...[and oh, by the way,...i find it magnificent what porsche can do with that "little" flat 6 engine,...most automotive engineers agree!], you really can't talk objectively,...i find what this car company is capable of qiute astounding,...as do most others,...i don't particularly love nissan's gtr,...but i admire what the've been able to accomplish,...i haven't been behind the wheel yet,...i've heard it's a somewhat "robotic" ride,...but that's all hearsay till i actually experience the ride,..and dennis,...i wish your dream to come true,...i find that as a geezer in a 911,...the chicks do dig the car,..they just want someone young and cute in it,...neither of which i am,...good luck!
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