Next Generation Porsche Cayenne, Engineered By Audi –

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Audi will be developing the VW Group’s Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Touareg large sport utility vehicles in the future. Until now, Porsche had the responsibility of engineering these three cars, which share just about the same underpinnings. This important decision to transfer the responsibility to Audi was made after Porsche was chosen instead of Audi to be the lead developer of the sports and luxury sedans cars within the Volkswagen Group.

In Automotive News Europe German, an Audi spokesman confirmed that the company will be fully responsible for developing the platforms of large sport utility vehicle model lines within the VW Group. The spokesman added that “this decision was made in agreement with all of the brands involved and will create synergies throughout the group to the benefit of both the brand and the customers.” A spokesman from Porsche stated that “this is not badge engineering. Porsche will be responsible for the engines and performance of the next Cayenne. It will drive like a Porsche and perform like a Porsche.” Audi will also be responsible for making Porsche’s new small sport utility vehicle, dubbed Cajun, which will share the underbody with the Q5.

According to the Financial Times Deutschland, the bosses over at Volkswagen are hoping that this change will end the conflict over development responsibilities between Porsche and Audi that was born when the VW Group decided to integrate Porsche as the 10th brand in the conglomerate.

The new Cayenne model developed by Audi will most likely be launched in the next 4-5 years as the second-generation of the SUV went on sale a few months ago. Also introduced in 2010, is the second-generation of the Volkswagen Touareg. The development of the upcoming Audi Q7 is almost done and the SUV will go on sale in about two years.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

Volkswagen chose Porsche to develop the group’s “modular standard matrix” which will underpin the future Bentleys and the current Porsche Panamera. Porsche will also be responsible for a platform for sports cars that will have rear-mid and front-mid power units for Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche. Audi will still have the Volkswagen Group’s responsibility for the “modular longitudinal matrix” platform that was introduced in 2007 and launched cars like the Audi A4, A5 and the small sport utility vehicle Q5.

Volkswagen is responsible for the “modular transverse matrix” platform that will debut on the 2012 Audi A3 and will later on develop approximately 40 models and 6 million cars per year, including the VW Golf 7. Volkswagen is merging Porsche into the group after the company bought 49.9% of Porsche’s unit, after the latter tried a hostile takeover of VW that failed.

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