Vw’s takeover may kill the Porsche Cayenne SUV and new Panamera

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Many speculations have cropped up over what will happen to Porsche's product lineup once Volkswagen takes over. CAR Magazine in the UK has come up with its own dramatic predictions. The British site believes the popular Cayenne SUV and new Panamera will not be picked up again when their product cycles end in seven years.

CAR says VW chairman Ferdinand Piech is planning to take a more brand-specific approach to Porsche by focusing on the two seat sportscars that make the sports car maker great.

The vehicle that keeps getting mentioned is a roadster that could slot below the Boxster in the Porsche lineup. The entry Porsche could be based on VW's Modular Sportscar Structure (MSS), giving Porsche an entry level mid-engine sports car that considerably more will be able to afford.

While it certainly won't do well for the Stuttgart, Germany-based car maker to let go of its core products like the 911 and Boxster, it makes just as much sense to go where the money is.

Sales of the Cayenne have been high in the U.S. and it's likely that the Panamera could surprise us and be successful. When the product cycles of these two cars end after seven years, we're willing to bet that one or both vehicles will survive beyond 2016.

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