Automobile's Georg Kacher goes deep into the Volkswagen product plan, looking at the 32 models that the group's ten brands will roll out over the next five years. These vehicles are expected to drive VW to the top of the mountain in 2018, where the flag for World's Largest Automaker awaits.

The armada is based on three platforms: MQB for transverse FWD/AWD cars like the VW Golf, MLB for the longitudinal FWD/AWD cars in Audi's stable, and MSB for AWD/RWD front-, rear- and mid-engined cars like the Porsche 960.

Said to be due in 2015, the 960 is the supercar discussed last year as a bridge model between the 911 and 918, but Kacher has it listed with the MSB-M platform cars like the Porsche Boxster/Cayman and Lamborghini Aventador, not the front-engined MSB-F or rear-engined MSB-H cars. Yet the 960 is said to be a Ferrari-fighting "four-door coupe" powered by a twin-turbo flat-six. We'll wait for clarification on the number of doors, since in September of last year, Kacher's scoop for Car posited the 960 as a mid-engined coupe priced "on the creepy side of €200,000."

Other intriguing notes from the plan: for VW, a CC coupe is planned for 2016, the Passat might get a coupe variant, the second-generation Scirocco "has the potential" for U.S. sales and the Eos will be replaced; Audi is desgining an even edgier third-generation TT, the A4 will experiment with e-quattro, and the next-generation A6 will break the same-sausage, different-lengths design mold.


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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 door mid engine supercar??? Unless that's 4 doors for 2 people, where will the rear passengers sit? Behind the engine? On the engine? Or will the front seats be out ahead of the front axle? In all seriousness, I hope it's 2 door mid engine and not 4 door front engine "coupe", for obvious reasons, namely that making a baby 918 is a heck of a lot more exciting than essentially a more athletic baby Panamera or similar, which was supposedly going to be called the Pajun or something. 960 just sounds like it belongs on something 2 doors, 2 seats, and engine behind the driver. I would like to see something that is bigger than a Cayman (but weighs as little), smaller than a 918 (but apes its drool worthy bodywork). With a de hybridized 918 V8 racing engine (~570hp, 4.6L), and Cayman traits (RWD, manual w/ pdk option, simple, pure). The true spiritual successor to the Carrera GT: carbon fiber, low weight, hardcore, a little ruthless, and about $300-400k.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche should just stop with all these supercars. That's what Lamborghini is for. The 911 Turbo S should be Porsche's highest model.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Um... did you read the post? Even easier, did you even read the headline?! Or did you just see a pretty picture and decide to open your mouth?
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          I truly don't see the harm in it. Also, I feel each brand of Volkswagen Group has enough loyalty that none of their offerings really cannibalize sales from one another. And even if they do, they're all going into the same pockets anyway. As for Porsche producing supercars, see the Porsche 959 circa 1986. After that, there was the Carrera GT of course, but even that grew out of their 911 GT1 LeMans prototypes from the 1990s. High priced / high performing supercars aren't exactly "new ground" for Porsche.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          My point is that Porsche shouldn't make expensive cars that are priced so close to Lamborghinis and Bentleys.
        me73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
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        Spellchecker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        HUH?
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        oh dear
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        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        from Wikipedia: "A coupé or coupe (from the French verb couper, to cut) is a closed car body style (permanently attached fixed roof), the precise definition of which varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and over time."
      - v o c t u s -
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm confident that Porsche could at least whip out a solid FF competitor
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whatever it is, let's hope it's far more attractive than the Panamera.
      larshafner
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 door lol, what eejit source was this? 2 door if anything
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it got Porsche's name in the automotive headlines we know that much. Mission accomplished.
      • 2 Years Ago
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