Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn has decided that Porsche would be best up to the task of developing chassis layouts, specifically for all upcoming sports cars under the Volkswagen Group umbrella. Porsche will develop both front- and mid-engined designs, including the new Panamera 'modular standard matrix' platform that will be used on future Bentley models.
Not to be left out, Audi will be responsible for the basis of all sedans such as the Audi A4 and A5, as well as the Q5, with the 'modular longitudinal matrix'. Volkswagen will stick to its guns and continue to develop the smaller cars in the VW Group showroom. This 'modular transverse matrix' platform will be the basis of all Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf-derived vehicles.
All this task assigning business comes as the company strives to cut production costs by as much as 20 percent and engineering costs by as much as 30 percent in the future.