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Porsche is one of the seminal names in the automotive industry. Officially known as the Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Porsche is in actuality a holding company in Germany that invests in the automotive industry. Porsche is best known for their high performance and luxury line of autos, featuring high quality, style and class. Today, Porsche is still creating high quality vehicles that are the envy of the auto market. Founded in Stuttgart, Germany by Ferdinand Porsche in 1931, Porsche was an Austrian engineer who created a company that didn’t manufacture vehicles, but instead offered consulting and vehicle development work for other companies.
One of the first tasks that the Porsche company was offered came from the German government who wanted a car designed for the people or “Volkswagen” in the German language. The result was the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful auto designs ever created that sold for many decades. The Porsche 64 which was introduced in 1939 used many of the elements of the famed Beetle design.??
The onset of World War 2 brought about many changes for Porsche which switched gears to manufacturing military vehicles. The Kubelwagen was a military version of the Volkswagen Beetle in which they produced more than 52,000 models.
However, Porsche also designed heavy tanks that led to the development of the feared Tiger I & II models, which sported very thick armor and presented numerous problems for the Allied forces. By the end of the war, Porsche had also developed and produced the Maus super-heavy tank, but only two prototypes had been developed before the surrender.
The end of the war brought about many changes for Volkswagen, which included the removal of Ferdinand Porsche from the chairmanship and his replacement by a British Army Major who was credited with saving the company. With Ferdinand out of the picture, his son Ferry decided to build his own vehicle because he couldn’t find one on the market that suited his desires.
The result of Ferry’s efforts was the 356, which was originally built inside a sawmill at Gmund, Austria. With Ferry’s father Ferdinand back in charge of Porsche, his model became the first one sold after the war. By 1948, the 356 was road certified and Porsche was officially back in the car manufacturing business.
The intricate logo of Porsche, which was officially created after the war, consisted of the coat of arms belonging to the Free People’s State of Wuttemburg, formally of Weimar, Germany. This was as a result of the creation of West Germany after the Allied forces relinquished control to German authorities. This logo has been used on all subsequent Porsche vehicles. After creating the logo, Ferdinand Porsche died from complications due to a stroke in 1951.
Because parts in post-war Germany were generally in short supply, the 356 used many components from the Volkswagen Beetle, a car that managed to survive the war and eventually become popular worldwide. While the 356 used the engine, suspension and transmission of the Beetle, these were eventually replaced as the 356 progressed through different stages. By the end of its production, the 356 was wholly a Porsche created product and helped to establish the company on the world stage.
By the 1960s, Porsche had become involved in motor-racing, developing various models including the 550 Spyder. However, it was the development of the Porsche 911, complete with an air-cooled, six cylinder “boxer” rear-engine that helped establish Porsche as a force on the motor circuit track.
The origin of the number designations for Porsche models comes from the design group at Porsche itself. While the racing model have sequential numbers in terms of when they were manufactured, such as the 904 through 911 series, it may not apply to other types of Porsche models. The overall success of the 911 has helped define the Porsche name and it even remains in production today, albeit with numerous advances and changes over the generations. One interesting development was the 912, a combination of the 911 body with the 356 running gear in its four cylinder engine that was designed to be a low-cost model.
The arrival of the 1970s brought about major changes in how Porsche was led. The Porsche family established an executive board that removed them from operational control of the company, but also created a supervisory board that allowed them to still lead and reap the benefits of Porsche. It was this major change that allowed F.A. Porsche to form Porsche Design and create a wide line of non-automotive products such as sunglasses, furniture, watches and many types of luxury items.
Porsche continued to develop their famous models of racing, performance and luxury vehicle over the next two decades while refining their techniques and developing new methods of production with the ever-changing times and demands of the consumer. It was in 1990 however that a new change enveloped Porsche as they studied Toyota’s techniques of lean manufacturing principles and applied them to their own production line. This partnership led to the development of the Porsche’s hybrid-technology vehicles in the early 2000s.
Porsche began the new millennium by introducing the fable Cayenne series in 2002, which also featured the opening of a new production site in Leipzig, Saxony. The success of the Cayenne and introduction of the Carrera GT helped propel the company into new frontiers as new technology, such as the expansion into hybrid engine designs and materials like the advancement of carbon fiber technology, helped push Porsche to the forefront of automotive design.
With the expansion of productions facilities into North America and the subsequent reinvestment into Volkswagen, which now gives the Porsche family voting control rights, the outlook for Porsche is certainly bright as new technology advances the automotive industry.