For months now rumors have circulated the web about possible new models and platform sharing between Porsche and VW. I have done my best to avoid the rumor mongering and wait for something concrete before weighing in on the subject. However, a couple of recent articles I read forced my hand.
The two post are titled as "7 New Porsche Revealed" and "New entry-level Porsche revealed". Is it me? Did I miss an announcement from Porsche? They introduced a new entry-level model? Come on! This isn't a dig on Autocar, I'm simply using it as an example. The fact is, Autocar has some pretty amazing sources and gets things right a good bit of the time and sooner than most. In fact, I agree with some of the their theories (relaunch of the 928 specifically). I guess I'm just a bit fed up with all the speculation being printed as fact.
What about Platform Sharing?
The fact is, platform sharing between Porsche and Volkswagen is bound to happen. Is it good or bad? That remains to be seen. In my opinion, if Porsche shares the Panamera platform (or any other for that matter) with any of the VW brands, it's no big deal. If anything, it should simply add to the cache of Porsche as the superior brand.
If, however, Porsche starts badging cars built on a VW platform (and yes, I know it's been done in the past) then they might need to rethink their current tagline as it would mean their IS a substitution. Hopefully it won't come to that, but we still need to wait and see.
Where do you stand? Is a new entry level Porsche built on a VW or Audi platform the right way to go? What about a smaller SUV or four cylinder 356 remake? Is anyone else tired of the speculation presented as fact?
[Source: Autocar and 993C4S]