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Could the End Be Near For Panamera and Cayenne?


Copyright 2009 by Joe Nuxoll for High Gear Media

Copyright 2009 by Joe Nuxoll for High Gear Media

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Now that Volkswagen Group is ready to begin its takeover of Porsche AG, AutoObserver is reporting that the Cayenne SUV and upcoming Panamera 4-door sedan may be victims of the takeover.

At least, that's what AutoObserver says British magazine Car is reporting. The Web site says that Car is reporting that once the product cycle for each vehicle is complete in about seven years or so,  the two vehicles may be discontinued because Volkswagen already has plenty of sedan and SUV options.

Porsche purists may see the move as a victory, since the company would then return to focusing on 2-door sports cars. The Cayenne has been a sales success for Porsche, but many Porschephiles would prefer that the company stop building SUVs. However, Porsche may end up sharing a platform with VW going forward.

With VW winning the tug of war for control of the company and successfully fighting off Porsche's attempt to take over the company, and product-intensive VW chairman Ferdinand Piech now in charge, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Cayenne and Panamera disappear. The Panamera has drawn decidedly mixed reviews, and as noted above, the Cayenne hasn't been popular with all Porsche buffs, despite its sales success.

According to AutoObserver, Car also reported that Porsche may build a mid-engined entry-level model on a shared platform with VW. A new 356, anyone?

Either way, the future of Porsche and VW will be interesting to watch over the next few weeks and months. Keep checking back with us for more news.

[Source: AutoObserver via Jalopnik]

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