2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
The personnel carousel at the sports car manufacturer Porsche continues. After the change of the CEO, Dürheimer is to be replaced.
At the sports car manufacturer Porsche, according to information from the magazine “Spiegel”, the next change in the management board is due. The previous head of development, Wolfgang Dürheimer, is to become the head of the VW group brands Bentley and Bugatti. A Porsche spokesman said they did not want to comment on speculation about personnel. A Volkswagen spokesman did not want to comment on the report on Sunday either.
Complete Porsche board of directors replaced
If Dürheimer changes, the entire board of directors of the sports car manufacturer would be replaced since the takeover of the Volkswagen Group by Porsche failed last year and Porsche was swallowed up by the Wolfsburg-based company in return.
Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking and CFO Holger Härter left the company immediately. Then the sales director was changed, later Wiedeking's successor Michael Macht was promoted to head of production at the VW group. Dürheimer's successor is to be engine developer Wolfgang Hatz, as «Spiegel» continues.
According to "Wirtschaftswoche", the new Porsche boss Matthias Müller is confident that he will soon be able to give the green light for the fifth series. In addition to the Boxster, the 911, the Cayenne and the Panamera, the sports car manufacturer plans to offer a further series from 2013 under the model name Cajun.
Citing internal papers, the newspaper reports that the five-door car will use the platform and the engines of the Audi Q5 and will also be produced at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt. Alternatively, Audi could deliver the painted bodyshells from Ingolstadt to one of the Porsche plants.
Decision later this year
The decision as to whether the additional series will come should be made this year, said a company spokesman. CEO Müller announced this at the Paris Motor Show. Porsche had set an annual production of 150,000 vehicles as its medium-term goal. The construction of a small Porsche off-road vehicle should also contribute to the targeted growth. The decision to build the “Baby Cayenne” has not yet been officially announced, but the construction of the model is considered certain.
According to preliminary figures, the Stuttgart-based company’s revenues in the 2009/10 financial year ended at the end of July rose by almost 18 percent to EUR 7.8 billion. Sales of sports and off-road vehicles rose by nine percent to 81,850 vehicles. (dpa)
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