The Volkswagen group companies have recently announced they will join forces to develop a new shared vehicle platform that should arrive in 2025, with a number of technical premiums – it will be electrified, digitally connected and ready for autonomous technologies.
Rupert Stadler and Oliver Blume, the Board of Management Chairmen of AUDI AG and Porsche AG, are going to “share an office” on this one – aka cooperate closer – in a bid to jointly shape the mobility of the future. “The best brains of both companies will together set the technical course for the future,” said Stadler. “Together, we will make faster progress in the race for the mobility of the future. We will utilize the expertise of both companies and take advantage of synergies,” added Blume on his turn. This means we should have high expectations for the new shared technical architecture, but no worries about a possible dilution of the Porsche spirit: “We will… be very careful to maintain the differentiation between our brands. A Porsche is always a Porsche, and that will remain so for the future,” specifically said Blume.
The two companies issued a joint press release, announcing the cooperation will be further refined in the coming weeks. The final goal is to share costs and development burden on future vehicle architectures, modules, and components ready for 2025. The details are still very few, but we may see a first collaboration on the matter for the all-new, all-electric platform crafted for the production series version of the Mission E concept.