Now that Porsche is a significant shareholder in Volkswagen Group, the two companies have become the best of friends. Part of their new found friendship will include sharing technology, platforms and pretty much everything else as well.
Although many expected Porsche to be rushing to VW for technology, it appears to be the other way around. Volkswagen, Audi and Lamborghini have all shown interest in the super-light technology of Porsche’s four-door Panamera, set to go on sale in 2009.
“The Panamera’s super-light concept also has raised eyebrows among our colleagues in Wolfsburg and Ingolstadt,” Porsche Chief Designer Wolfgang Dürheimer said at the Los Angeles auto show.
Both companies are keen to cut costs and work jointly on future projects, the first of which has been a hybrid transmission. Porsche will also offer double-clutch transmissions developed by Volkswagen.
This is great news for those us that can’t afford a Porsche as the next decade should see the likes of the Golf GTI and R32 using Porsche-derived technology.