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Piëch tinkering on secret plan for Porsche

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Piëch tinkering on secret plan for Porsche

Ferdinand Piëch be upheld: Soon will the patriarch of the Volkswagen Matthias Müller-Reich used as a new corporate executives. He should open a new factory and a model range. Piëch also wants to lure new customers - with a smaller version of the Cayenne.

Ferdinand Piëch is planning a new Porsche model series.

STUTTGART / HAMBURG. Ferdinand Piëch loves an even more surprising than cars: the public. Interviews, the powerful patriarch of the Volkswagen empire, and grandson of founder Ferdinand Porsche clan rather reluctantly, and the strategic decisions and new products to be kept secret as possible. "We discussed many things behind closed curtain," said Piëch in a rare interview.

His latest coup: He has big plans for Porsche, the recent acquisition of the Volkswagen Group. According to information from the Handelsblatt Group Porsche circles to get a new series, the fifth for the 911, the Boxster, the Cayenne off-road and family-friendly version of a sports car, the Panamera.

This is one small step for mankind but one giant leap for Porsche. The development of new series is expensive, but also secures the future of the company if the new models are among the clients success. It succeeded with the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne, the number of cars sold each year around 50 000 to increase to 92 000th So far Porsche has grown considerably with each new series. The new models provide momentum, while the classic 911 are rather weakens.

In the fifth series is an SUV, a smaller brother of the Cayenne. With the development of this vehicle market will open up a Porsche, which has so far mainly BMW and Mercedes was reserved.

Porsche uses a platform for the group, which makes the development and production cheaper. This works in principle as a building block: the basic framework on which the new model is built, is already, Porsche will add only new components. According to this principle is also a planned sports car as the Porsche-VW-spin on the market. The construction of the new model range is from bodies such as the supervisory board, not yet sanctioned, but is internally done deal.

For the implementation of Piëch plans should provide a new boss in Zuffenhausen. Back in July, according to corporate circles is Volkswagens previous chief strategist Matthias Müller at the head of Porsche AG . Move He had already at Audi successfully developed new models, the A4 and A5.

Piëch be with the leadership of Michael dissatisfied power, says VW circles. At Porsche, it sometimes go "haywire," said a VW manager Handelsblatt. The patriarch appeased with the minds of Personnel in Stuttgart. According to information from many corporate circles Porsche managers from middle management were unhappy with Michael Power. You are missing after the forced departure of VW by Wendelin Wiedeking, a strong leader. His successor internal power calmed while the excited minds after the failed takeover of VW leave, but lack clear guidance, it is in Stuttgart. The criticism heaped on power. The manager was too timid.

Machts technical expertise is highly valued in contrast, Wolfsburg. The VW grandees Winterkorn and Piëch praise him now away from Stuttgart in the Wolfsburg headquarters. He is Board Member for Production at Volkswagen - are formally a climb.

Müller, Porsche certainly welcomed with open arms. The staff and the manager of the Stuttgart carmaker have high hopes for him: Porsche is fighting the Group with Audi for supremacy in sports cars and luxury sedans. The whole group, and thus at the end Piëch, must decide whether Audi or Porsche provides the building blocks for future sports car. In Stuttgart, Porsche's manager even dream of it in future to also provide the building blocks for luxury sedans. The new head miller will enforce these claims in the group more power than its predecessor, the Hope for Porsche - not least because he is a confidant of Winterkorn.

The new chief should therefore ensure that Porsche in the common car empire does not fall under the wheels of Volkswagen's premium Audi subsidiary. That is the right of a thorn in the Porsche of course. Officially, the Ingolstadt carmaker wants but neither comment on the subject such as VW and Porsche.

Miller can count on surprising Porsche development chief Wolfgang Dürheimer. For weeks, speculation had been that he get a new post in the Group. But Dürheimer remains, as learned from the Handelsblatt group circles. A change was not an issue, confirms Porsche works council head Uwe Hueck.

One of the reasons why the VW tip are in the implementation of the long-adopted personnel tableaux hands bound, is political: Lower Saxony Premier Christian Wulff (CDU) wants 30 choose June from the Federal Assembly to be President. The District Court of Braunschweig has his designated successor, Lower Saxony CDU leader David McAllister order, first in the VW board before a decision can be taken.

The course is set at Porsche, however, will still be possible in July, says the company. The cliffhanger was to hold out any longer.

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