Audi, Porsche Team Up to Develop Future Electric, Self-Driving Cars

The two VW Group siblings are pooling their resources to gear up for the fights of the future. 

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Audi and Porsche executives will be working closer together to develop new electric car- and autonomous car-friendly vehicle platforms, Audi announced Wednesday in a press release. 

Audi and Porsche board of management chairmen Rupert Stadler and Oliver Blume will be spearheading this new initiative within the Volkswagen Group, the parent company of the two automakers. According to the release, this new partnership between the two brands will help the companies be better prepared when producing upcoming cars. 

“The best brains of both companies will together set the technical course for the future,” said Stadler in the release. “We are united by many shared values, above all, by our pursuit of the best solutions and the best offerings for our customers.”

This move is part of how Audi and Porsche are planning out the next 10 years of vehicle development, according to the release.

“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,” said Blume. “We will cooperate wherever it makes sense. But we will also be very careful to maintain the differentiation between our brands. A Porsche is always a Porsche, and that will remain so in the future.”