Reports issued earlier this month suggested Porsche was well on its way to develop a new compact roadster and a small SUV to slot beneath the popular Cayenne, but a new report suggests both programs may have been put on hold.
In a recent interview with Britain's Autocar, newly appointed Porsche CEO Matthias Muller suggests both the sub-Boxster and Cajun may not have the firm approval for production as was once reported. Although Muller didn't say both vehicles are dead in the water, he noted both are "on hold," saying the company wants to reevaluate their raisons d'etre.
"We have to clarify how we are to spread out our product program -- below, above, left and right, and so on," Muller told Autocar. "We will see. There are a lot of questions still to be answered, and we want to create a business case [for the vehicles]. Then it will be possible [to build them]."
We've heard rumors of Porsche working on an entry-level roadster that would sit below its Boxster for some time now. Earlier this year, reports suggested the new model could be powered by a 250-horsepower, forced-induction flat-four-cylinder, and share an architecture with its Volkswagen and Audi corporate siblings. A VW platform would likely serve as the basis as the Cajun, which was teased by Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn roughly two weeks ago.
At this stage, it seems Muller is simply trying to establish some autonomy for the Porsche brand within the VW corporate empire. While teasing the Cajun, Winterkorn noted the company hoped Porsche could double its global sales to 150,000 vehicles a year. Muller tells Autocar he's aware of that goal, but the company needs to first "look at the other issues -- we have to have profit, and we intend on keeping ourselves premium." Here's hoping this isn't the start of a power struggle between Stuttgart and Wolfsburg...
Would a baby Boxster and a sub-Cayenne SUV help Porsche pursue profits, or would it simply tarnish the automaker's image in the eyes of consumers? Put yourselves in Muller's shoes -- send us your product plans in the comments section below.